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  • Frank Kaminsky is ‘making lots of progress'
    Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is "making lots of progress" and is "questionable" for the season-opener.

    Advice: Kaminsky, who suffered a right foot strain in Friday’s exhibition game, was well enough Monday to be walking in sneakers, rather than the protective boot he wore over the weekend. "He said he felt a lot better," coach Steve Clifford said of Kaminsky. "He did a ton [of rehabilitation] Sunday and then he was back in here this morning. I guess you’d call him questionable [for the season-opener], but he’s making lots of progress." Today, 3:23 pm
  • Thomas Robinson makes Lakers 15-man roster.
    Thomas Robinson has made the Lakers opening night roster.

    Advice: Robinson hasn't lived up to the hype he generated coming into the league as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft. However, he did show flashes of promise last season with the Nets. And he impressed his new coach Luke Walton in training camp and the preseason. Walton said he is "shocked" that Robinson hasn't been able to stick on a roster for an extended period of time Today, 2:15 pm
  • Marc Gasol to be a minutes restriction.
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will be on a "relative minutes restriction" as the season starts.

    Advice: Michael Wallace of reported that Coach Fizdale will look to limit Gasol's minutes early on this season. It remains unclear how limiting the restriction will be, and how long it will last. It is a fluid situation and should be monitored as such. Stay tuned... Today, 12:27 pm
  • Brandan Wright (ankle) won't play in opener.
    Brandon Wright (ankle) will not play in the season opener against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last year, badly sprained his left ankle early in the preseason and is clearly still not yet 100 percent healed. With starting center Marc Gasol (foot, ankle) on a minutes restriction, there was an opportunity for Wright to see increased playing time, but Wright needs to first get himself healthy. Today, 12:22 pm
  • The Thunder have waived C Kaleb Tarczewski
    The Thunder have waived C Kaleb Tarczewski

    Advice: Tarczewski averaged 9.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during his senior season at Arizona but was a longshot to make OKC's final 15-man roster. Today, 12:04 pm
  • The Thunder have waived Mitch McGary
    The Thunder have waived Mitch McGary.

    Advice: McGary has battled off-the-court issues and was to be suspended the first 15 games of the season for twice violating the league's anti-drug program. He's also dealt with a number of significant injuries. McGary was projected as a promising lottery pick early in his collegiate career at Univeristy of Michigan, but has failed to live up to hype since entering the NBA. He may be forced to try to rehabilitate his career overseas. Today, 11:56 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) feeling better every day
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) said that his knee has been feeling better every day.

    Advice: Okafor is on track to suit up for Philly's regular-season opener against OKC on Wednesday, but he'll be coming off the bench behind Joel Embiid, and will more than likely be brought along slowly with a strict minutes limit. He's not all that attractive of a standard league target, although his value is a bit better in points settings. Today, 11:35 am
  • Lakers officially waive Yi Jianlian
    The Lakers have officially waived Yi Jianlian.

    Advice: "Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak. "However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he'd be better off in a different situation." If Jianlian wants to play meaningful minutes, he probably needs to head back to the CBA. Today, 11:05 am
  • Aron Baynes (nose) expected to play in opener
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said that he expects Aron Baynes (nose) to suit up for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Raptors.

    Advice: Van Gundy said that he anticipates Baynes going through a full practice on Tuesday, and that he won't put a minutes limit on Baynes for Wednesday's game. He should be good to go, but he won't have much fantasy value at all as long as Andre Drummond is healthy. Today, 11:04 am
  • Casey considering starting Patrick Patterson
    Dwane Casey said that he currently views Patrick Patterson as the "leading candidate" to start sans Jared Sullinger (foot surgery).

    Advice: While Casey tabbed Patterson as the leading candidate, he also acknowledged that he go back and forth between starting Patterson or rookie Pascal Siakam based on the matchup, but either way Patterson figures to earn the bulk of the power forward minutes in Sullinger's absence. That being said, aside from hitting a few triples, Patterson rarely brings much else to the box score, so he's more of a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Today, 10:51 am
  • Jared Sullinger looking at 2-3 month absence
    Jared Sullinger is expected to miss roughly the next 2-3 months of action as he recovers from foot surgery, according to Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri.

    Advice: While Ujiri acknowledged that there's a chance Sullinger can beat that timetable, that seems like a very unlikely scenario given how difficult the recovery process can be for big men coming back from foot surgery. This timetable would put Sullinger back on the court by December in a best-case scenario, but he'll more than likely be brought along very slowly once he is cleared for contact. Even in leagues with an IR-spot, it's tough to hang on to Sullinger as he was only a 10th round guy last year. Pascal Siakam will have the opportunity to start in Sullinger's absence, but Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll will see the biggest boost in value. Today, 10:16 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) cleared for contact
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) has been cleared for contact, and hopes to make it back to the court "sooner rather than later."

    Advice: Additionally, McRoberts said he's spent most his time at the five-spot during Heat practices, so it sounds like Erik Spoelstra envisions McBob operating as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup. It's unlikely that McRoberts will be able to see much more than 20 minutes a night in a reserve role, and he's still without an official timetable to return, so there's no reason to draft him anywhere. Today, 10:11 am
  • Mitch McGary likely to be waived by OKC
    Mitch McGary will likely be waived by the Thunder on Monday, according to Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman.

    Advice: McGary will be suspended for the first 15 games of the season for twice violating the league's anti-drug program, and it seems like OKC is done with this investment. He sat out the first four preseason games due to a sore foot, but was also unable to get on the floor at all once deemed healthy. McGary is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Today, 7:03 am
  • HOU wanted Capela to play more mins last year
    Houston management reportedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more minutes, at the expense of Dwight Howard last season.

    Advice: Rockets' GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were the ones arguing to get more minutes to Capela, as they believed his development was crucial with Howard likely to leave via free agency, and that decision was reportedly "heavily influenced" by James Harden. The takeaway here is that Howard is now in Atlanta, so management (and Harden) should get their wish, with Capela potentially looking at a 30-plus-minute role this season. He's a decent late-round flier if you're punting free throws. Today, 6:42 am
  • Yi Jianlian asks for release, will be waived
    Yi Jianlian has asked to be released by the Lakers and will be formally waived Monday.

    Advice: He was a superstar in China and it was a fairly big surprise he came over to the NBA this year. Jianlian was not a lock for the rotation and had struggles on both ends this month. With Jianlian off the books, that should allow the Lakers to keep Thomas Robinson. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) practices fully Sunday
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He's questionable for opening night, but coach Steve Clifford has already conceded that Zeller will be very limited upon his return due to a lack of conditioning. Roy Hibbert will almost certainly start on opening night, but there are no guarantees he can keep the job once Zeller gets up to speed. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • MIN exercises option on Karl-Anthony Towns
    The Timberwolves have exercised their third-year option on Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Advice: KAT's rookie year was pretty legendary, and he's all setup to have an incredible sophomore season under head coach Tom Thibodeau. He's going to cost you a top-5 pick if you want him. Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Joakim Noah says he feels 'a step slow' on D
    Joakim Noah acknowledged that he felt "a step slow" on the defensive end during the preseason.

    Advice: "Right now I feel a step slow defensively. And I have to do better. I have to do better for this ball-club. We all do," Noah said. "I mean for sure I feel like I haven’t played in a long time. I just have to get my steps, get my first step back, and it will come. It will come." Shoulder surgery kept Noah off the court for all but 29 games last year, and then he missed time during the preseason with an ankle and hamstring issue, so it makes sense that he's feeling a bit rusty. The 31-year-old can't be viewed as anything more than a late-round target in standard leagues. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Jared Sullinger to undergo foot surgery Mon
    Jared Sullinger will have a screw inserted into the fifth metatarsal of his left foot on Monday to alleviate symptomatic stress reactions, and he will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: This is the same injury that limited Sullinger to just 58 games during the 2014-15 season, although that year he forewent surgery in order to let the injury heal naturally. A surgical procedure typically involves a longer timetable to return, so it's clear that Sullinger is going to miss significant time this year. This removes him from consideration as a late-round target in standard leagues, and it'll be Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll picking up the slack in his absence. Dwane Casey prefers to bring Patterson off the bench, so perhaps Pascal Siakam will start sans Sullinger, although Patterson and Carroll would still earn the majority of the PF minutes. Carroll sees the biggest boost in value here. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) doesn't practice Sun
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He's still dealing with some swelling in his throat, but it would be surprising if he weren't able to go by opening night. Felicio will have a very limited role behind Robin Lopez this season, so you'd have to be in an insanely deep league to look his way. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Michael Malone is hopeful that Arthur will be able to ramp of his activities during Monday and Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Denver's regular-season opener against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Arthur won't be on the court enough while the team is at full strength to justify a roster spot in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) questionable for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot sprain) is questionable to play Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play on opening night, so Kaminsky's status is more or less meaningless. If Kaminsky is out on Wednesday, it'll be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earning some extended minutes at the four-spot, with Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes splitting the center minutes. Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Derrick Favors (left knee) participated in portions of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: This is the first time that Favors has gone through any sort of practice since going down with the knee injury, and while this is a positive development, we're still going to consider him questionable for Utah's regular-season opener against Portland until we get some more information. Knee issues for big men are always concerning, so Favors remains a bit of a risky early-round target. Trey Lyles will benefit most if Favors' misses any time during the regular season. Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Jared Sullinger (foot) still being evaluated
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Jared Sullinger (foot) is still being evaluated.

    Advice: Casey added that Sullinger's foot just isn't progressing and he's looking increasingly doubtful for the season opener. The Raptors could go with Paskal Siakam in the starting unit, but Patrick Patterson would get a bump in minutes as well. This sounds very concerning for Sullinger and he's not a must-own player while we wait for the official word. Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Jahlil Okafor limited in practice Sunday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) was limited at Sunday's practice, but he's optimistic about playing Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he looked "OK" and gave him a B-minus. He only played eight total minutes in the preseason and it sounds like his role will be very limited right out of the gate -- Okafor expects to see more than eight minutes, but not too much more. With Nerlens Noel (knee) on the shelf, this means that Richaun Holmes could be in the rotation on opening night. Joel Embiid is the center you want to own in Philly. Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Raptors pick up Nogueira's option
    The Raptors have picked up their fourth-year option on Lucas Nogueira.

    Advice: He had a decent preseason and it looks like he has the edge over Jakob Poeltl for the backup center role. He won't be a fantasy asset while Jonas Valanciunas is active. He is dealing with a tweaked left ankle, but said he expects to be ready for the opener. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • 76ers waive Elton Brand
    The 76ers have waived Elton Brand.

    Advice: He announced his retirement earlier this week, but this makes it official. Brand was just a locker room presence for the young 76ers last season and his absence won't have any fantasy implications. He's expected to take on a front office role. Yesterday, 8:13 am
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  • Kelly Olynyk eyeing mid-November return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) hinted that he's targeting a mid-November return.

    Advice: "So we still have about three weeks left, which is probably the middle of November, I guess, is what he's thinking in terms of the timetable we were told at the start," Olynyk said. "It's feeling good and the strength is coming and the stamina is coming. It's just a matter of getting it to where we want it to be before we put it at risk." He was cleared for contact this week and was able to play some 5-on-5, so he's moving in the right direction. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes a game last season, so he's someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • Brooks praises Daniel Ochefu's abilities
    Scott Brooks recently praised what Daniel Ochefu can do on the court.

    Advice: "He has a skill-set that really makes him to be able to compete at this level. He plays hard and he’s a really good passer," Brooks said. "Coach Jay [Wright] and Villanova did a great job of teaching him how to roll to the basket. He has great hands and to be able to kick out and making the right plays." Saturday, 3:51 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) takes limited contact
    Updating a previous item, Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) took part in limited contact practice for the first time since May on Saturday.

    Advice: "He was limited," Brad Stevens said. "But he did some five-on-five, he did some contact, he did some one-on-one contact, so he did a lot more than he's done [throughout the preseason]." Despite Saturday's return, Olynyk is not putting any timetable on his return because he doesn't want to rush it. By the time he's ready to roll, Olynyk may not even have a spot in a crowded frontcourt rotation. Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Jared Sullinger (foot) doubtful for opener
    Jared Sullinger (left foot soreness) is doubtful to play in Toronto's season opener.

    Advice: Sully went from questionable to doubtful quicker than Drake went from 0 to 100. With Sullinger more than likely out for the inaugural game of the season, Patrick Patterson should see more minutes. Saturday, 2:33 pm
  • Aron Baynes (nose) to see doctor on Sunday
    Aron Baynes (nose) is expected to see a doctor on Sunday.

    Advice: After undergoing surgery earlier this week, Baynes will check in with the doctor to see if he can be cleared for non-contact work. The hope is that he'll be cleared to practice in full on Tuesday and be ready for Wednesday's season opener. Saturday, 2:18 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) gets a DNP Saturday
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The big man was elbowed in his throat last game, so the Bulls decided to give him a rest. It doesn't sound serious and there are no indications that he's in danger of missing more time moving forward. Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg contusion) DNP on Saturday
    Boris Diaw (right leg contusion) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Diaw had a left leg contusion, but either way it does not sound serious and the veteran should be ready to roll for opening night. He could be looking at a bigger role out of the gate given Derrick Favors (left knee) faces an uncertain timetable to return. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Derrick Favors (L knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee, IT band syndrome) did not practice again on Saturday.

    Advice: The Jazz and fantasy owners can continue to hold out hope that he'll be ready for the regular season opener, but the reality is as follows: Favors hasn't been on the floor in nearly three weeks, we've gotten very little real information when it comes to his progression and nobody seems to know exactly what the problem is. At this point, we have no choice but to bump him down our draft boards while moving up Trey Lyles a few ticks in the process. Favors should be considered questionable at best for opening night and the potential exists for him to miss multiple regular season contests. Saturday, 11:44 am
  • Olynyk cleared for contact, has no timetable
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for contact, but he still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: While there's no specific timetable, a return in mid-November is a possibility. The Celtics are in no rush here and they will likely utilize a lot of small-ball lineups until they are back at full strength. Olynyk is only worth stashing in very deep leagues. Saturday, 10:28 am
  • Meyers Leonard returns on Friday
    Meyers Leonard scored 12 points in 16 minutes on Friday, adding one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at center and came off the bench behind Noah Vonleh. Leonard's fantasy outlook doesn't bring much excitement right now. Friday, 10:32 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 15 in 15 minutes
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 15 points in 15 minutes on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He went nuclear in his last four games and made 9.0 free throws in that span. As for his other averages, KAT posted 20.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 treys in just 23.3 minutes. He's already the most unstoppable big man in the NBA and can score from anywhere in any set. Towns is a top-five fantasy pick and is in the mix for top three. Friday, 7:24 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets eight minutes, scores four
    Jahlil Okafor scored four points in his preseason debut on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist, one turnover and one block in eight minutes.

    Advice: He had a nice face-up spin move for his field goal make and looked fine in his two mini stints. With Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) set to miss time, Okafor should be able to get minutes around 24 once he's 100 percent. It's still unclear how long Noel will be out, so it's probably best to avoid both Okafor and Noel. Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky suffers right foot sprain
    Frank Kaminsky suffered a right foot sprain on Friday.

    Advice: That's not good and it was more than just the originally reported soreness. Kaminsky will likely be getting further evaluation this weekend to determine his prognosis and treatment. For now, we will consider him between doubtful and questionable for the opener. If he and Marvin Williams (finger) can't go, the Hornets will have to play multiple players out of position. Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (right foot) to locker room
    Frank Kaminsky has gone to the locker room to be evaluated for a sore right foot.

    Advice: It didn't look bad and hopefully it's just soreness. Kaminsky was absolutely dominated by Karl-Anthony Towns and the Hornets have no incentive to put him back out there. With Marvin Williams (finger) questionable for the season opener, the Hornets may need Frank the Tank. Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Bebe sprains his left ankle
    Lucas Nogueira (left ankle sprain) will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He was in some pain due to the first half injury. Nogueira was the first big man off the bench and looked like he would be in the rotation. If he's not ready, that opens up a chance for Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl. Friday, 5:36 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out again on Friday
    Josh McRoberts (foot) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat are in no rush to bring him back. McRoberts has no timetable to return. Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) to see 6-8 minutes Fri
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 6-8 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That likely means he's only getting one stint tonight. Joel Embiid and Richaun Holmes will take on most of the center minutes tonight. Okafor's health concerns and unclear role make him a fairly undesirable fantasy target. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (back) expected to play
    Meyers Leonard (back) is expected to play on Friday night.

    Advice: He went through a full practice on Thursday and it would appear he didn't have a setback. Leonard played 23 minutes back on Oct. 13 and hasn't played since. He was in a very favorable spot last year and couldn't get it going, but now it's going to be a lot tougher on a deep Portland squad. Friday, 1:38 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) on the injury report
    Boris Diaw (left leg contusion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Diaw. There was no indication of an injury before this, so it's likely just a light bruise. For now, expect Diaw to be available for the opener. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: Since his preseason debut back on Oct. 4, Favors has been on the injury report due to knee soreness. He had right knee soreness back in April and also missed one game due to left knee soreness in 2012. In other words, Favors' 25-year-old knees aren't in terrible shape. That said, he should be bumped down a round or two with this concern. Trey Lyles has added value. Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) will not play on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: There was some hope that Arthur could go after he took some contact in Thursday's practice, but the Nuggets aren't going to take any chances. The Nuggets going with a big lineup of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic hurts Arthur's outlook, especially since he's behind Kenneth Faried on the depth chart. Arthur can be considered questionable for the opener. Friday, 10:06 am
  • Clint Capela resting on Friday
    Clint Capela is resting on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: After a sluggish start to the preseason, Capela had his best game on Wednesday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He will be a nice source of rebounds and blocks late, but his brutal free throw shooting will keep his value in check. Nene and Chinanu Onuaku will fill the void Friday. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Sullinger out Friday, questionable for opener
    Jared Sullinger (foot) will not play on Friday vs. the Wizards and coach Dwane Casey said he could miss the season opener.

    Advice: Not good. Sullinger is still experiencing pain in his foot, so the Raptors are going to take another "look" at it. It sounds like they might run some tests, so we could have another update soon. With Sullinger iffy for the start of the season, Pascal Siakam could be in the rotation and Patrick Patterson will see a bump in minutes. Friday, 8:23 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will play 8-10 minutes Friday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 8-10 minutes on Friday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, so this is a nice surprise. Okafor made it through the morning shootaround and this confirms that he should also be ready for opening night. He's coming off knee surgery and had a minor setback during training camp, so expectations should be tempered in the early going. With the emergence of Joel Embiid in the preseason, Okafor will come off the bench this season and is just a late-round pick. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Joakim Noah plays 21 minutes on Thursday
    Joakim Noah played 21 points on Thursday with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's tough to get a read on Noah's role as the starter due to the injury earlier this month, but only 21 minutes tonight now that he's been healthy for almost a week should indicate he won't play minutes in the upper 20s. Noah has been valuable in fantasy before due to his blocks, assists, steals and boards, so he's worthy of a late round pick after the high-demand sleepers are gone. Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) doubtful Friday vs. MIA
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat.

    Advice: Okafor will be traveling with the team to Miami, and said that he's expecting to be available for opening night, but it sounds like he'll again be on the sidelines for Friday's meaningless game. Okafor isn't in a great situation coming off knee surgery and fighting for minutes in Philly's frontcourt, so he's not a great target in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) took some contact during Thursday's practice, and there's a chance he can suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Friday will mark Day-10 of Arthur's initial 10-14 day timetable, so if he wakes up feeling fine after going through Thursday's practice, he could certainly be on the floor Friday night. That being said, he's not going to have any value in fantasy hoops this season while the team is healthy. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (back) practices in full Thurs
    Meyers Leonard (back) practiced in full with the Blazers on Thursday and is questionable to play on Friday.

    Advice: Leonard spent the past two preseason games on the sidelines with the back issue, but he's on track to be good to go for opening night. In terms of fantasy hoops, Leonard really isn't an attractive target in most settings after last year's disastrous season. Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Walker, Batum, MKG, Kaminsky, Hibbert start
    Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Frank Kaminsky and Roy Hibbert will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Heat.

    Advice: Marvin Williams is dealing with a broken finger, and Cody Zeller (knee) still isn't 100 percent, so Kaminsky will have the opportunity to run with the starters tonight. Steve Clifford hasn't officially ruled Williams' out for opening night, but if he's not able to give it a go, it'll likely be Kaminsky opening the year as Charlotte's starting four-man. That being said, Kaminsky's value will tank once Williams' gets back on the court, so he's only worth a look as a late-round flier in deep leagues. Thursday, 3:32 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) probable for opener?
    Jahlil Okafor said that "everything's looking good" with his surgically repaired right knee, and he expects to be ready for the 76ers' regular-season opener against the Thunder.

    Advice: He's doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat, and while he's expecting to play on opening night, we wouldn't be so sure as players are often overly optimistic when projecting their return from an injury. Okafor also said that he's "fine" coming off the bench this season, which is a good indication that his minutes will be limited to begin the year as he fights for playing time in Philly's overcrowded frontcourt. He's more of a late-round pick in deep leagues at the moment. Thursday, 2:11 pm
  • Olynyk (shoulder) targeting mid-November
    Danny Ainge said that the Celtics are hopeful that Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) will be able to return to the court by mid-November.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown and Jonas Jerebko will likely pick up most of Olynyk's minutes, with Jae Crowder earning some extended run at the four-spot. Olynyk is not worth drafting anywhere. Thursday, 1:40 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still not close to a return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is still not close to a return, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.

    Advice: Ainge said Olynyk's upcoming evaluation with his doctor isn't urgent as Celtics trainer Eddie Lacerte doesn't think the big man is ready to return. We'll continue to monitor Olynyk's progress, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues to start the season. Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Elton Brand officially retires
    Elton Brand has officially retired.

    Advice: Brand only played 17 games last season, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise from the 37-year-old. Brand retires after 17 impressive NBA seasons and will likely now move to a front office role, according to reports. Thursday, 10:16 am
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  • Jahlil Okafor doubtful for Friday vs Miami
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful for Friday's game against Miami.

    Advice: Okafor still thinks he'll be able to play when the regular season begins, but Okafor continues to be listed as doubtful for Friday's preseason game agains the Heat. Okafor is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and is likely to see his minutes restricted to start the season, so he is only worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:47 am
  • Josh McRoberts out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: McRoberts has no set timetable for his return and has no fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues at the moment. Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) questionable for opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is questionable for Utah's season opener on Oct. 25, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Jones wrote that he's "hearing [Favors] will be back for opener," but he also warned, "won't know his status until close to Tuesday ... he needs to practice first." There are obviously no guarantees that Favors won't begin the season with a DNP, but this is at least an optimistic tidbit for worried fantasy owners. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) sits out yet again
    Derrick Favors (left knee) didn't play in Wednesday's preseason finale, as expected.

    Advice: Favors hasn't practiced since Utah's preseason opener, which doesn't bode well for his opening-night status. He's dealing with IT band syndrome, which is related to overuse and causes pain during lateral movement, and rest is the primary prescription. There's enough risk here to bump him down a round or two on draft day. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (back) out again Wednesday
    Meyers Leonard (lower back) sat out again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Leonard is dealing with soreness, which is understandable after a very long layoff following shoulder surgery. The Blazers haven't suggested that there's a structural issue here, so we're considering him questionable to rejoin the rotation on opening night. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Clint Capela bounces back on Wednesday
    Clint Capela got the start on Wednesday against the Mavs, finishing with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: With Nene resting, Capela needed to impress coach Mike D'Antoni. Luckily, he arguably had his best game of the month and did a fine job on the defensive end. His starting job isn't 100 percent locked up, so his awful foul shooting makes it tough to draft him unless you're punting free throw percentage. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns has 31 pts w/ 17-of-17 FTs
    Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Grizzlies for 31 points in a pristine performance on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 17-of-17 FTs with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: It's only the preseason, but KAT's stellar rookie season was a taste of things to come and he's hands-down the best fantasy center in the league. If this were the regular season he'd be the 11th center since 1963 to make at least 17 free throws without a miss. He also limited Marc Gasol to just 2-of-10 shooting and coach Tom Thibodeau should ride him for huge minutes this year, with a usage rate to match. Buckle up. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) plays 20 minutes
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) played 20 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, turning in six points on 2-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Gasol's playing time was actually more than anticipated given his recent injury. "Timing ... you don't want to go 10-12 days without playing," Gasol said, explaining the decision to suit up at less than 100 percent. The good news is that he didn't injure his surgically-repaired bone, so this shouldn't have lasting implications in the regular season. Memphis will be cautious with him all year, including occasional DNP-CDs, but owners can expect him to be ready for opening night. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) logs 14 minutes Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) pitched in two points, seven rebounds and four assists in his second preseason game, going 0-of-2 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line in 14 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks have taken a cautious approach with their oft-injured center this preseason, but he's on pace to start the season opener. He has a lot to prove after a poor 2015-16 campaign during which he shot 38.8 percent from the field, but boasts an expanded role and enough upside to warrant a late-round pick. Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Patrick Patterson quiet in 20 mins off bench
    Patrick Patterson was quiet in 20 bench minutes on Wednesday, chipping in three points on 1-of-5 shooting with two assists and one rebound.

    Advice: Jared Sullinger (foot) wasn't active tonight, but it was Pascal Siakam who took his spot in the starting lineup. This was likely just an attempt to evaluate the rookie, while keeping Patterson in his usual reserve role, but it's another reminder that his outlook is bleak with Sullinger in Toronto. Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) iffy for season opener
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford conceded that Cody Zeller (bruised knee) might not be able to play much early in the regular season.

    Advice: "Bottom line is he’s not going to be ready. He hasn’t done enough," Clifford said. "You couldn’t, with any realistic expectation, think that he could possibly play much, if at all. He’s had no preseason, so there’s no way he could be ready to play." Zeller's lingering bone bruise leaves Roy Hibbert as the opening night starter, with Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky as backups. Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • Meyers Leonard out again Wednesday
    Meyers Leonard (back) will not play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: It'll be his second game out due to his troublesome back injury. Leonard will likely be limited in the regular season and his minutes are going to drop regardless. While he has upside, fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Wednesday, 4:39 pm
  • Cody Zeller (right knee) ruled out Thursday
    Cody Zeller (right knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Zeller recently returned to practice without any setbacks, but the team is wisely being cautious with an injury that has lingered throughout the offseason. Considering Zeller's lack of on-court time this preseason, Roy Hibbert is poised to open the season as Charlotte's starting center. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will start Wednesday
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will start against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tweeted out "it's all good baby baby" on Saturday night, so he certainly wasn't kidding. Gasol said he wants to build his conditioning, so it doesn't sound like he will be limited. His foot surgery last season caused a bit of a scare over the weekend, but this is something to watch. If Gasol can stay healthy, the sky is the limit in an up-tempo Memphis offense. Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful to play on Friday.

    Advice: This is a small positive that the 76ers didn't rule him out. Okafor's right knee figures to keep his minutes down in the beginning of the season and Joel "The Process" Embiid figures to start. On top of that, it doesn't look like Brett Brown wants to go big-big at power forward and center. Okafor is only a late-round pick in most leagues. Wednesday, 2:01 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through shootaround and is not expected to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Favors hasn't taken the court since October 3, and while IT band syndrome isn't typically a serious issue, the extended absence is concerning. Until we get some new info, we're going to consider him questionable for opening night, and with each day spent on the sidelines it's getting increasingly difficult to justify spending an early mid-round selection on Favors. If you do take the plunge on draft day, it would be wise to also invest a late-round selection in Trey Lyles as a handcuff pick. Wednesday, 10:19 am
  • Sullinger (ankle), Ross (knee) out Wednesday
    Jared Sullinger (ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee) have been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Dwane Casey said that he's hopeful that Sullinger will be able to get on the floor for Friday's preseason finale against the Wizards, but he won't push him if he's not ready. As for Ross, Casey doesn't expect him to be available for Toronto's two remaining preseason games. Pattrick Patterson, Pascal Siakam and Bruno Caboclo will continue to pick up some extended minutes with both Sullinger and Ross on the sidelines. Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Aron Baynes (nose) out Wednesday vs. TOR
    Aron Baynes (nose) will miss Wednesday's preseason game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Baynes underwent surgery on Tuesday to correct his broken nose, and he's currently being fitted for a mask. Boban Marjanovic should see some increased floor time tonight sans Baynes, but neither guy will be worth drafting in standard leagues, as they'll both see limited minutes behind Andre Drummond this season. Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • Brandan Wright (ankle) out Wednesday
    Brandan Wright (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The guy just can't stay healthy. Wright is expected to be in the rotation this season, but he should be considered questionable for opening night. Zach Randolph will get the backup center minutes if Wright can't go. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Aron Baynes breaks nose at practice on Tues
    Aron Baynes broke his nose during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Baynes should be just fine for opening night, but he won't have much fantasy value at all while Andre Drummond is healthy. Tuesday, 11:07 am
  • Jahlil Okafor sits out Tuesday practice
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee surgery) sat out Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Okafor has been making progress and appears on track to play in the regular season opener. "We held [Okafor] out today," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "We didn't want you to push it. He felt ok." While Okafor appears to be returning to full health, he's not much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues as he's stuck in a frontcourt logjam. Tuesday, 10:45 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) shoots 4-of-14 vs. CHI
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) finished Monday's OT win vs. Chicago with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The foot injury came out of nowhere and the fact that he played big minutes in a meaningless preseason game is proof that he's fine. Kaminsky's fantasy outlook is bleak, though he's worth watching in deep leagues with Cody Zeller (knee) and Marvin Williams (finger) both ailing. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio grabs 12 rebounds off bench
    Cristiano Felicio posted eight points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist in 30 minutes off Chicago's bench during Monday's overtime defeat.

    Advice: The second-year big man has seen his minutes steadily rise during the preseason, and tonight's total was a high-water mark. The Bulls have plenty of competition at PF but Felicio is the most obvious backup C behind Robin Lopez, which at least puts him on the radar in very deep leagues. Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Aron Baynes (back) plays 19 minutes
    Aron Baynes (back) played 19 minutes on Monday with two points, four boards and one block.

    Advice: The Pistons were expected to hold him out as a precaution, but Baynes convinced the coaching staff to let him play. He has a slight edge over Boban Marjanovic for the backup center role, but this position battle could go either way. Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Hill, Exum, Johnson, Diaw and Gobert starting
    George Hill, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will start vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have both been ruled out in addition to Alec Burks (knee, ankle) and Gordon Hayward (finger). We should see plenty of late-round sleeper Trey Lyles on Monday as well. Oct 17, 5:15 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) out Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (stress reaction in left foot) will not play vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured forward has no set timetable for a return and has no fantasy value. Oct 17, 3:14 pm
  • MRI reveals a bone bruise for Marc Gasol
    An MRI on Marc Gasol's right foot revealed a bone bruise and it's not the same bone that he had surgery on.

    Advice: This is very good news. He will sit out of Wednesday's preseason finale as planned, but it sounds like he's probable for opening night. Gasol is taking more 3-pointers these days which his fantasy owners will love, but he will also have some maintenance days this season and he's a little riskier than usual because of the durability concerns. For what it's worth, Gasol did some conditioning work and got some shots up as well on Monday. Oct 17, 10:50 am
  • Sullinger says his ankle issue isn't serious
    Jared Sullinger isn't sure of his status for the Raptors' final two preseason games, but hinted that the injury isn't serious.

    Advice: Sullinger said that his foot was stepped on during the game against the Warriors and added that he tried to play through it, but the soreness persisted. Since then, the Raptors have been cautious and want to make sure he's 100 percent for the opener. As the starting PF in Toronto, Sully has some late-round appeal in standard leagues. Oct 17, 10:15 am
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) out Monday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through the morning shootaround and will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise considering he was listed as doubtful. The Jazz haven't provided a timetable and he's been out for nearly two weeks, so this is a little concerning. It should be the Trey Lyles show tonight with a sprinkle of Boris Diaw. Oct 17, 10:09 am
  • Aron Baynes (lower back tightness) out Monday
    Aron Baynes (lower back tightness) will not play vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game on the shelf. Boban Marjanovic is the most interesting man in the world and has looked dominant in limited preseason action, so Baynes is in danger of losing his backup role behind Andre Drummond. Oct 17, 9:23 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) probable for Monday
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: This is the first we are hearing of a foot injury, but it's a good sign that he was listed as probable. If he is ultimately held out on Monday, the team is just being cautious. Kaminsky had 17 points, four treys and two blocks in his last outing. Oct 17, 6:18 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for contact last week and returned to practice on Thursday, but the Hornets aren't ready to throw him out there yet. Zeller is likely looking at a timeshare with Roy Hibbert, so we're not excited about his outlook. Oct 17, 6:12 am
  • Meyers Leonard (back) ruled out vs. Nuggets
    Meyers Leonard (lower back) won't play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Advice: Leonard said the injury bothered him during Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, and he "felt it was best to rest" in a meaningless preseason game. We're considering him day-to-day until further notice, but this does nothing to help his shaky fantasy appeal in a crowded Blazers' frontcourt. Oct 16, 5:16 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful Monday vs. LAC
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is doubtful to suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Favors still hasn't practiced or played since the preseason opener, and with the regular season just a little over a week away, he's now in jeopardy of not being ready for opening night. The Jazz maintain that Favors' injury is not to be considered a long-term issue, but knee injuries for big men are nothing to shrug at. He's still too talented to let him fall out of the middle rounds on draft day, but there will now be some added risk in selecting a guy that only made it through 62 games last year. Trey Lyles will be the primary beneficiary if Favors is forced to miss any regular season action. Oct 16, 11:56 am
  • Marc Gasol (right ankle) says he's fine
    Marc Gasol (ankle) said he was fine and there is no reason to worry.

    Advice: It sounds like it was just a scare. He was dealing with some soreness earlier in the day and it loosened up during the game. Gasol wasn't icing his foot and didn't show much concern. In fact, he even tweeted out a Notorious BIG GIF saying "it's all good baby baby." Even though this was still just a scare, we'd be a little apprehensive about drafting him until he slides a tad. Oct 15, 9:57 pm
  • Clint Capela could lose burn?
    Clint Capela scored nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in just 12 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: His minutes are no longer safe with coach Mike D'Antoni liking Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Capela is a solid guy to have around the rim, but his offensive deficiencies have been well documented. He's only a last-round flier until he can show he's capable of locking down minutes in the 20s. Oct 15, 8:57 pm
  • Update: Marc Gasol has a sore right ankle
    Marc Gasol is dealing with a sore right ankle on Saturday.

    Advice: He's obviously not out of the woods yet and the Grizzlies are still likely going to re-evaluate him. Tony Allen left the bench to go and check on Gasol, but Allen did return to the sidelines. Expect another update on Gasol tonight at some point. For now, fantasy owners shouldn't be aggressive on Gasol in drafts until he gets the all clear. Even if he is cleared, we're still going to bump him down on our draft boards. Oct 15, 7:02 pm
  • Marc Gasol (right foot) to the locker room
    Marc Gasol took off his right shoe and went to the locker room on Saturday.

    Advice: Yes, this is the same right foot Gasol needed surgery on earlier this calendar year. He'll almost certainly get an X-ray in the near future and should be re-evaluated. For now, all we can do is sit tight. Oct 15, 6:56 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) remains out on Saturday
    Josh McRoberts (stress reaction in left foot) remains sidelined for Saturday's preseason contest vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Remember when McBob was once seen as the crucial cog that would keep LeBron in Miami? Good times. Oct 15, 3:04 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) to debut on Saturday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) is expected to make his preseason debut on Saturday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Noah should play between 15-20 minutes. It's a welcome sign for a Knicks team that needs their big free agent signing on the floor. We'll let you know how he looks after the contest. Oct 15, 2:50 pm
  • Daniel Ochefu to play extended minutes Sat.
    Daniel Ochefu is expected to play extended minutes on Saturday vs. Sacramento.

    Advice: With Ian Mahinmi (knee surgery) out for at least the next four-to-six weeks, Ochefu is going to get an opportunity to prove he belongs on the roster. Oct 15, 2:00 pm
  • Aron Baynes (lower back) out Saturday night
    Aron Baynes (lower back tightness) will not play on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Stan Van Gundy called the big man the "most game-ready Pistons player," so we're assuming this absence is simply precautionary. Baynes is expected to open the season as Andre Drummond's backup. Oct 15, 1:34 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira battling for backup C spot
    Lucas Nogueira is locked in a competition with Jakob Poeltl for the backup center position.

    Advice: While neither Poeltl nor Nogueira has done much to separate himself as the lead dog behind Jonas Valanciunas, "Bebe" seems to be slightly ahead in the competition. "That’s been his challenge, to take this craft seriously," Dwane Casey said when asked if he sees a more mature Nogueira. "It’s his job. Don’t come back looking the same every year. Bring something new back. Work on something in the summer time whether it’s your body or your shooting or your shot-blocking ability, whatever it is. I’ve seen more of a serious approach from Lucas. But consistency is important. We can talk about it. I want to see the consistency from Lucas. He’s done it this whole camp. We’ve got three or four months to go. He has to continue that approach." Oct 15, 12:59 pm
  • Derrick Favors (L knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee, IT band syndrome) is still not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been nearly two weeks since Favors hit the sidelines with this injury, and there is really no current indication of when he could be back on the floor. Although Quin Snyder does not believe the injury is a long-term concern, the updates have been few and far between and mostly speculative in nature. We're not knocking Favors down our draft boards considerably, but if you're trying to decide between the big man and another target in your draft, you'll want to consider this information closely and carefully before making your choice. Any length of absence for Favors in the regular season would mean more playing time for Trey Lyles as well as Boris Diaw. Oct 15, 11:19 am
  • Joakim Noah plans to play on Saturday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) said that he plans on playing vs. the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: "The truth is I want to be out there every play," Noah said. "The more we're on the court together whether it's practice or when it counts or preseason the better we're going to be. This is a new group. It's important that we spend as much time together. The more we're together the better we're going to be." The Knicks still want to re-evaluate him before the game, so we'll have another update prior to tip-off. The good news is that he scrimmaged on Friday and should be 100 percent for the season opener. Oct 15, 6:51 am
  • Brandan Wright still out for Saturday
    Brandan Wright (ankle) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: The oft-injured big man will miss his third game. He should be in the rotation and will likely benefit from the new system. If Marc Gasol misses time, Wright should be a hot pickup. Oct 14, 3:41 pm
  • Pat Patterson gets the night off
    Patrick Patterson (rest) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: We'll get to see a ton of Pascal Siakam at the four tonight. Patterson's role should be similar as a bench big man. Oct 14, 3:06 pm
  • Jared Sullinger out again on Friday
    Jared Sullinger (ankle) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He's been out for most of this month and has been limited in practice. Sullinger is expected to play minutes at both the four and the five, and he is going to have a green light from three. There should still be better options in 12-team leagues. Oct 14, 2:55 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk's eval gets pushed back
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not be re-evaluated this week.

    Advice: His doctor was out of town this week, so it's not injury related. Plus, the timetable on Olynyk hasn't changed either. For now, he's doubtful for the start of the regular season. Oct 14, 1:26 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) returns to practice
    Joakim Noah (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

    Advice: He sat out Thursday's practice with a mild ankle sprain after he just recovered from a tweaked hamstring, but this means he will be ready for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics. He's obviously not very durable, but fantasy owners will be able to grab the starting center pretty late in drafts. Oct 14, 10:07 am
  • Zeller encouraged by progress in his knee
    Cody Zeller said he is encouraged after participating in his second practice in a row on Thursday.

    Advice: "It’s encouraging [the knee] didn’t get sore or swell up," Zeller said. "I actually felt better today than yesterday as far as getting back into the flow." It sounds like he has a chance to play in some preseason action, but a potential timeshare with Roy Hibbert at the five severely limits his fantasy outlook. For what it's worth, Zeller will not participate in the contact portions of Friday's practice as a precaution. Oct 14, 7:12 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 21, makes three treys
    Marc Gasol made three 3-pointers during his 21-point game on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Those three treys were more than he made in all of last season. The talk of Gasol adding a 3-pointer seems like it's legitimate, but he is still likely to just be in the 0.2-0.7 per game range for makes. While he does have renewed upside with coach David Fizdale, Gasol's foot injury from last year is the biggest concern here. He's in the mix as a high-reward pick in the fifth round. Oct 13, 9:06 pm
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