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  • Bulls waive Dinwiddie on Friday
    Bulls waive G Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall on Thursday with Dinwiddie getting bumped from the rotation due to the Michael Carter-Williams deal. The former Piston looked good at times this month and even dropped a 19-pointer, so expect him to sign on somewhere else. Today, 11:49 am
  • Ainge: Rozier is biggest surprise of camp
    General manager Danny Ainge said Terry Rozier's progress has been "by far the biggest surprise of training camp."

    Advice: "I would say the entire summer," Ainge added. If you've watched Rozier at all since his minor hip issue, it's abundantly clear he's locked up a key role in the rotation.The players are buzzing about him and coach Brad Stevens even said Rozier "just stands out right now." On his 33 shots outside of the paint this preseason, he has a tremendous 71.2 effective field goal percentage to go with a solid 3.8 assist:turnover ratio. With Marcus Smart (ankle) set to miss time, Rozier is on the radar for any depth to start the season. Today, 11:39 am
  • Knicks waive Randle
    Knicks waive G Chasson Randle.

    Advice: The eye injury might have cost him here. Randle was creating some buzz as a possible third point guard, but the Knicks starting Sasha Vujacic on Thursday was a troubling sign. Randle may join an NBA team on a 10-day deal down the line. Today, 11:13 am
  • Nets waive Yogi Ferrell
    Nets waive G Yogi Ferrell.

    Advice: The Nets have confidence in Randy Foye, Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Whitehead to help their guard depth, so there was no need for Ferrell to stay on the roster. Ferrell is barely six feet tall and doesn't have NBA skills to hang his hat on, so it's going to be tough for him to crack a roster. Today, 11:04 am
  • Cavaliers trying to trade Mo Williams?
    According to ESPN, the Cavaliers are trying to trade Mo Williams.

    Advice: Williams didn't report to training camp and told the team that he intends to retire, but he did not file retirement paperwork with the league. The Cavs are in the market for a backup PG and need a roster spot, but they have not had meaningful discussions with Williams on a buyout agreement. The Cavs are willing to package Jordan McRae in a deal if they can get Williams off the books, so it will be interesting to see how this situation develops prior to the start of the season. For now, Kay Felder is Kyrie Irving's backup. Today, 10:54 am
  • Gary Harris could play in the season opener?
    According to coach Michael Malone, Gary Harris (groin) could play in the season opener.

    Advice: Wow. Malone said that Harris is way ahead of schedule which contradicts a report by the Denver Post on Thursday. Malone added that he has a "real chance" to play in the opener, so this should improve his draft stock. Harris has mid-round upside and will be the starter at SG when healthy, so take advantage of his discounted price while you still can. Today, 10:15 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad (hip) questionable Friday
    Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He went through a full practice on Thursday and should be good to go for the season opener regardless of his status for Friday. Muhammad will be instant offense off the Minnesota bench, but doesn't do much in the box score outside of the scoring column. He's not worth owning while Andrew Wiggins is healthy. Today, 9:59 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) questionable Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (hip) is also questionable. Wiggins returned to practice on Thursday, but if he is ultimately held out, it will likely just be a precaution. He will be fine for the regular season. Today, 9:57 am
  • Trevor Ariza resting on Friday
    Trevor Ariza (rest) will not play vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He's a perfect in Mike D'Antoni's system and has started to turn things around after a slow start to the preseason, averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys per game. Corey Brewer and K.J. McDaniels should both get a long look on Friday. Today, 9:20 am
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Today, 9:16 am
  • Harden, Ariza, Capela, Gordon out Friday
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Today, 9:05 am
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Marcus Smart's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Marcus Smart's sprained left ankle came back clean.

    Advice: This is good news, but there is no update to Smart's timetable and his return will depend on how well his ankle responds to treatment. We'll consider him questionable for the season opener, while preseason star Terry Rozier would be in line for a significant bump in minutes if Smart can't go. Today, 8:37 am
  • Bulls waive D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
    The Bulls have waived D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

    Advice: He wasn't expected to make the final roster and should end up in the D-League. Today, 8:33 am
  • Cory Joseph (illness) ruled out Friday
    Cory Joseph (illness) will not play on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: The Raptors won't push him at less than 100 percent and it gives them an excuse to get a long look at rookie Fred VanVleet. Joseph usually gets minutes in the 20s when healthy and he's had a strong preseason, but he's more of a handcuff for Kyle Lowry's owners. Today, 8:29 am
  • Terrence Ross will play, Cory Joseph will not
    Terrence Ross (knee) will play on Friday vs. the Wizards, while Cory Joseph (illness) has been ruled out.

    Advice: Ross was able to get up some shots on Wednesday and this confirms that he will be ready for opening night, barring a setback. The Raptors have been talking him up a ton, but he's not a lock to be the first wing off the bench with Norman Powell around. Ross is only on the radar in deeper formats. Today, 8:24 am
  • Holiday's wife undergoes successful surgery
    Jrue Holiday's wife, Lauren, underwent successful surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: This is wonderful news and we couldn't be happier for the Holiday family. Lauren had surgery to remove a "benign" tumor in her brain, and while it is a very complicated procedure, it sounds like she is doing well. We'll have an update once we know more. Today, 8:16 am
  • ESPN: Wolves interested in Iman Shumpert
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wolves are among "several teams" who are interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Shumpert hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a four-year, $40 million deal prior to last season, as he shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from deep in 2015-16. The report adds that the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert for nothing, though they could significantly improve their tax situation if they find a suitor for the SG. His upside isn't great, so there's no need to stash him. On a side note, Zach LaVine's owners have nothing to worry about. Today, 7:17 am
  • Nuggets pick up Gary Harris' option
    The Nuggets have picked up their team option on Gary Harris.

    Advice: A report by Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post on Thursday indicated the Harris is still "a ways away" from playing, but his current timetable has him returning the court in early November. Once healthy, Harris will be the starting SG and he has mid-round upside for his treys and steals, so he's definitely worth taking in the late rounds. Today, 6:54 am
  • Hawks waive Will Bynum
    The Hawks have waived Will Bynum.

    Advice: The move brings the Hawks' roster down to 16 players. Jarrett Jack (knee) was also waived on Thursday, so the Hawks only have two active point guards left on the roster in Dennis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney. Today, 6:10 am
  • MCW makes his Bulls debut
    Michael Carter-Williams scored four points in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, adding one rebound, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He did make just 1-of-5 from the field. Carter-Williams is going to back up Rajon Rondo and should have plenty of shooters around him in the second unit. MCW is still not worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores 14 points in win
    Nicolas Batum scored 14 points in the Hornets preseason finale on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He lived on the perimeter in the preseason. In his five games this month, Batum had just 16.3 percent of his shots come from inside the paint. That number is down from 23.6 percent last year, which does cause some concern about him shifting back to more of a shooting guard next to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He's still a fine mid-round pick, but he's likely going to be a detriment to field goal percentage. Additionally, Batum will not play on Friday due to rest. Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Gary Harris still a ways away
    Gary Harris (groin) is still "a ways away" from playing, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: It's been mostly positives on Harris lately with the third-year guard doing some shooting pre-game. There isn't a formal timetable on Harris, but the window based on a handful or reports seems to be at some point in early November. Despite the Nuggets taking two shooting guards in the first round, Harris should still get plenty of run. His injury caused him to slide to become a solid pick in the last two rounds. Yesterday, 4:31 pm
  • Rondo, Wade, Butler, Gibson, Lopez starting
    Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez will start vs. the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: Rondo was rested during Chicago's last game, but he'll be back in action tonight. For what it's worth, Fred Hoiberg said he still has not decided on the official starting lineup, but he'll be making a decision after an inter-squad scrimmage that will take place on Sunday or Monday. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Lin, Foye, RHJ, Booker, Lopez starting Thurs
    Jeremy Lin, Randy Foye, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker and Brook Lopez will start in Thursday's preseason finale against the Knicks.

    Advice: It looks like Foye may have earned the starting two-spot in Brooklyn over Bojan Bogdanovic, but Bogdanovic remains the preferable late-round target. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Lauren Holiday set to undergo brain surgery
    Jrue Holiday's wife, Lauren Holiday, is scheduled to undergo brain surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Holiday family. Jrue is going to stay at home to tend to his wife and newly born child, and the Pelicans have made it clear that they will not put any pressure on Holiday to return to the court. He's out indefinitely, and it'll be Tim Frazier running the point in New Orleans until Holiday gets back. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) questionable for opener
    Danny Ainge said that it's unclear if Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) will be ready for Boston's regular season opener against the Nets on October 26.

    Advice: "Obviously we’ll be very careful with him," Ainge said. "The next few days we’ll have a better indication on Marcus’ ankle and how much it swells. It didn’t seem to be a terrible one, and yet he was in some pain so it is a little bit concerning." Smart was spotted leaving the TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and Boston beat reporters have speculated that he's looking at a two-week absence, so it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by opening night. Terry Rozier will benefit most in Smart's absence, while Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas will log extended minutes. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: "I don’t know that he’s definitely going to be ready for Indiana," said Carilsle. "Just because he’s doing well doesn’t mean anything is set in terms of him being available at a certain time." If Barea begins the year on the sidelines, that will open up some more minutes for Seth Curry. Barea isn't worth drafting almost anywhere, but Curry is a very attractive late-round target with the injury prone guys ahead of him. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Shabazz Muhammad (hip) practices Thursday
    Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) went through a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Muhammad is going to be re-evaluated again following Friday morning's shootaround, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for tomorrow's preseason finale against the Hornets. It's going to be difficult for Muhammad to make a difference in most fantasy leagues while the Timberwolves are at full strength. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Wiggins, Muhammad practice on Thursday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) went through a full practice on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to consider both guys questionable for the preseason finale against Charlotte on Friday, but neither guy is dealing with anything that should linger into the regular season. Wiggins should be able to take another step forward under Tom Thibodeau, so he's a decent guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) limited to shooting Thurs
    Alex Abrines (hip) was limited to some light shooting during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Abrines' hip injury doesn't sound all that serious, so he should be good to go once the regular season tips. However, he's not going to have a large enough role in the rotation to command fantasy value in any setting. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) doesn't practice Thursday
    Kyrie Irving (left calf tightness) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cavs maintain that Irving is fine, but with the regular-season just five days away, they're going to be extremely cautious with their star guard. Additionally, the Cavs are reportedly looking to add another backup point guard to the roster via trade, because they'd like to keep Irving's minutes "relatively low" during the regular-season and they don't believe Kay Felder is ready to handle major minutes at the NBA level. Mo Williams and Jordan McRae are the most likely to be traded. Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but there's no reason to risk a setback during a meaningless game. Barea will be in the rotation, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most settings this season. Acy is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 11:18 am
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Trevor Ariza not having good preseason
    Trevor Ariza scored three points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a rough preseason for Ariza. In his five games against NBA teams this month, he's only made 29.7 percent from the field with averages of 7.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 treys. His minutes should still be safe in the mid 30s and should be one of a handful of players to have at least 2.0 steals and treys. If he starts sliding in the middle rounds in standard leagues, you know what to do. Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) to be reevaluated Thurs
    Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) exited TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and he will be reevaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: "Early indications are that it looks like it will hopefully [be] not too long term," said coach Brad Stevens. Multiple beat writers have suggested a loose two-week timetable for Smart's return, which is good news for fantasy owners -- he turned the ankle badly, but seems to have avoided a high-ankle sprain. Terry Rozier would be the biggest winner if Smart misses any games, with Avery Bradley also stepping into some extra playing time. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Terry Rozier thrives in first start for Celts
    Terry Rozier made his first start for the Celtics during Wednesday's preseason loss, posting 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 14 minutes.

    Advice: Rozier looks vastly improved this year and he's been great beyond the arc this preseason, going a combined 6-of-10 in his past four games. He'll inherit some of Evan Turner's minutes this year, though the depth of Boston's backcourt could make it hard to roster him in standard leagues. Head coach Brad Stevens said that "it's no surprise [Rozier] is having success," and he's at least worth a look with Marcus Smart (ankle) poised to open the season with a few DNPs. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Cory Joseph posts 10/6/4 off Raptors' bench
    Cory Joseph came off the bench for 10 points, six boards, four assists and one steal during Wednesday's road win, making 4-of-7 shots with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Terrence Ross (knee) sat out which resulted in 24 minutes for Joseph, who has been shooting the ball very well this preseason. He's not worth drafting in standard-depth leagues, but will be a popular pickup if Kyle Lowry gets injured. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Report: Marcus Smart (ankle) likely out 2 wks
    Marcus Smart's left ankle sprain is expected to sideline him for "a couple weeks," according to beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: Smart rolled his ankle after stepping on someone's foot and he left the court without putting weight on his left leg, so this is an optimistic update. He's injured the same ankle before but this time "it doesn’t appear to be as bad," so presumably it's not a dreaded high-ankle sprain. A return in exactly two weeks would cost Smart the first three games of the Celtics' regular season, but we should have a more definitive timetable in the coming days. Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier stand to gain the most in his absence. Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) limps to the locker room
    Marcus Smart rolled his left ankle and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good. Smart stepped on Justin Holiday's foot and his ankle rolled badly. He could not put any weight on his left leg and needed help to the locker room. He's obviously done for tonight and is likely getting X-rays. If he's out, Terry Rozier would be a hot pickup in most leagues. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Shabazz Muhammad out with hip soreness
    Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not play on Sunday, but that was reported as a rest day. Muhammad doesn't have a history with hip injuries and this is just reported as soreness, so he should be fine. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad out vs. MEM
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will miss Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to miss his top two small forward tonight. Brandon Rush has played mostly at shooting guard, but he should have no problem sliding over. We'll also see if Thibs wants to roll with more three-guard lineups. Wiggins should be good to go for the season. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams will play Thursday
    Michael Carter-Williams went through a full practice on Wednesday and will make his Bulls' debut Thursday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: MCW is going to play limited minutes behind Rajon Rondo this season, so there's no reason to draft him in most settings. Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • Terrence Ross (knee) out Wednesday vs. DET
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Ross was able to get on the court for some light shooting during Wednesday morning's shootaround, so he is making progress, although it seems unlikely that he'll be able to suit up for Toronto's final two preseason games. He should be good to go by opening night, but Ross won't be a fantasy hoops factor this season stuck in a reserve role fighting for minutes with Norman Powell. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) will not return Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving experienced some left calf tightness on Tuesday vs. the Wizards and will not return.

    Advice: First things first, the injury sounds very minor, but the Cavs aren't going to take any chances here. We'll put him on the injury report, but we'd very surprised if his status for opening night was in jeopardy if this diagnosis remains the same. Kay Felder won the backup PG role with a strong camp and will benefit if Irving misses time. Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) out Tuesday vs. Denver
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Abrines on the sidelines Tuesday night, Semaj Christon should be able to pick up some extra minutes, although neither of these guys will have any fantasy value when the regular season begins. Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams doesn't practice Tues
    Michael Carter-Williams did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still needs to go through his physical, but he should be cleared in time for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks. That being said, the former Rookie of the Year winner is going to struggle to get meaningful minutes this season operating as Rajon Rondo's backup, so he's not a very attractive target in most setting. Tuesday, 11:53 am
  • Marcus Smart goes scoreless in 13 minutes
    Marcus Smart was scoreless in 13 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, missing a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did add four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and two turnovers, but his 3-point shooting continues to be a glaring concern -- he shot 25.3 percent from deep last season and is just 3-of-19 (15.7percent) through six preseason games. He's still a nice source of steals, dimes and treys, but his shooting percentages could really limit his upside. Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Terry Rozier scores 10 w/ four dimes
    Terry Rozier (hip) scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting vs. the Nets on Monday, adding four boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He looks like one of the most improved players in the league and the Celtics have been singing his praises all summer. Rozier has said that he wants to take all of Evan Turner’s minutes, but that’s going to be incredibly tricky with Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Gerald Green all vying for their fair share. Rozier has some deep-league appeal but will likely need an injury in front of him to have reliable value in standard leagues. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip flexor)
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday, but it doesn't sound serious. Abrines has shown some solid defense to go with his shooting touch, so he could get in the rotation at times. Monday, 11:04 am
  • Terrence Ross (knee) targeting opening night
    Terrence Ross (knee) did not practice on Monday but the Raptors are expecting him back next week.

    Advice: Additionally, the Raptors believe he will be ready for opening night. Ross has been hyped quite a bit by the Raptors this summer, but his fantasy outlook is still pretty bleak -- he's going to be fighting for minutes off the bench with impressive second-year player Norman Powell. Ross is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Monday, 10:59 am
  • Chasson Randle (eye) out 3-4 weeks
    Chasson Randle (eye) will be sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

    Advice: He saw a specialist on Monday after he was diagnosed with an orbital wall fracture, and the good news is that he doesn't need surgery. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Randle's injury won't hurt his chances of making the team and added that he has been impressed by the young guard, so he could be the third-string PG this season. Monday, 10:34 am
  • Report: Chasson Randle could still make team
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Chasson Randle's (eye) injury won't hurt his chances of making the team.

    Advice: "We kind of understand what he can give us as a player," Hornacek said. "It would’ve been nice to see him against Isaiah [Thomas] in those two Boston games, see how he can do. But, again, we have a pretty good feel for him. … He’s got a great knack for the game. I’ve been impressed with what he’s done thus far." Randle has been a bright spot for the Knicks with averages of 7.7 points and 1.0 assists in 15.7 minutes through three preseason games. Randle is meeting with a specialist on Monday, so we should have another update soon. Monday, 8:12 am
  • Bulls officially acquire MCW for Tony Snell
    The Bulls have officially acquired Michael Carter-Williams in exchange for Tony Snell.

    Advice: MCW is a questionable fit on a roster that lacks perimeter shooting, but he is arguably an upgrade over Jerian Grant. Rajon Rondo is locked in as the starter, so the move to Chicago doesn't really improve MCW's fantasy outlook. Unless you're in a points league, let someone else take a flier on him. Monday, 7:55 am
  • Alex Abrines exits Sunday w/ bruised hip
    Thunder SG Alex Abrines didn't return to Sunday's game after bruising his right hip.

    Advice: Abrines has impressed coach Billy Donovan this preseason, but he has an uphill battle to earn a spot in the rotation. Consider him day-to-day. Sunday, 6:40 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (rest) out Sunday vs. OKC
    Shabazz Muhammad (rest) will not suit up for Sunday's exhibition game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Muhammad isn't dealing with any sort of injury, but this is a preseason back-to-back set, so Thibodeau is also resting his entire starting five. Nemanja Bjelica could flirt with close to 40 minutes tonight. Sunday, 3:59 pm
  • Chasson Randle has a left orbital fracture
    Chasson Randle has been diagnosed with a left orbital fracture.

    Advice: The Knicks originally called his injury a face contusion, but a CT scan on Saturday night revealed the fracture. For what it's worth, this is a similar injury to the one that shut down Jrue Holiday last season. Randle had a really strong showing in the preseason and was a candidate to make the 15-man roster, but it's possible that the Knicks keep him around. He will be re-evaluated by a specialist on Monday, so hopefully we will have a timetable by then. Sunday, 8:21 am
  • MCW, Snell trade to be completed Monday
    The trade involving Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Snell is expected to be finalized on Monday.

    Advice: The deal has been agreed to in principle and the two teams just need to call the league office on Monday. MCW's value around the league has never been lower and the move to Chicago won't necessarily help his fantasy value -- Rajon Rondo is locked in as the starter. As for Snell, he could be looking at solid minutes on the wings in Milwaukee with Khris Middleton (groin) out for most of the season, but most fantasy owners should use a wait-and-see approach. Sunday, 8:16 am
  • James Harden just misses a triple-double
    James Harden almost dropped a preseason triple-double on Saturday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and seven turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: There really is nothing left to say on Harden. He's going to have numerous monster lines in a breakneck-pace offense as the team's "point guard" this season and should be among the league leaders in points, assists, threes and steals. He makes an extremely strong case as the top pick in almost any fantasy format. Saturday, 9:11 pm
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Michael Carter-Williams likely headed to CHI?
    The Bucks and Bulls are in "deep talks" on a Michael Carter-Williams for Tony Snell trade, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: It sounds like the deal is going to happen and it could be finalized as soon as Monday. The Bulls would be getting a backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo to help get the ball to the shooters in their second unit. A new, up-tempo home for Carter-Williams is a positive, but it's still not enough to draft him in most leagues. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 23 points vs. Heat
    Andrew Wiggins scored a preseason-high 23 points against the Heat on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 31 minutes.

    Advice: After he struggled to hit jumpers earlier this preseason, Wiggins went back to the well with his attacking style. Although, he did have four makes outside of the paint in this game. Wiggins does only have one 3-pointer in his four preseason games, so he might not be able to clear 1.0 per game this season. He's still a decent guy to take in the middle of drafts as long as you're not reaching up too high to get him. Saturday, 8:20 pm
  • Chasson Randle (face) will not play Saturday
    Chasson Randle (face) will not play on Saturday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Randle suffered what the team is calling a facial contusion in Friday's practice, so he'll be sidelined on Saturday. With Derrick Rose (personal) remaining away, we should see plenty of Brandon Jennings in this one. Saturday, 3:58 pm
  • D'Antoni: Eric Gordon could start for Rockets
    Mike D'Antoni said that Eric Gordon could start over Patrick Beverley (knee) for the Rockets.

    Advice: D'Antoni said that Gordon isn't starting on Saturday because he wants to keep him in the role that he's expected to have when Beverley returns, but then added in the same breath that EJ could eventually start over Beverley. It doesn't sound like even D'Antoni is sure on exactly what he wants to do, but it's nice to have options. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Gordon should play closer to starter's minutes and looks like a good late-round source of 3-pointers and scoring so long as he remains on the court. Saturday, 3:35 pm
  • Terry Rozier (hip) ready to go on Saturday
    Terry Rozier (hip) is expected to play on Saturday vs. New York.

    Advice: Rozier sat out of Friday's practice due to a hip pointer, but he's fine and should play his regular role in the rotation for Saturday's preseason contest. Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Gentry reiterates no pressure on Jrue Holiday
    Alvin Gentry reiterated that the Pelicans are putting no pressure on Jrue Holiday (personal) to adhere to a specific timeline in his return.

    Advice: "We made that perfectly clear from Day 1," Gentry said. "There's not any pressure whatsoever that we'll put on him to come back here. And we'll make that clear also as she goes through her surgery. He's got to be there until he feels comfortable that she's OK...The top priority is his family." Well said, coach. Until Holiday returns, Tim Frazier is expected to start at point guard with Langston Galloway, Lance Stephenson and E'Twaun Moore as other options at the position. Saturday, 11:49 am
  • Iman Shumpert will move back to bench
    Iman Shumpert is now expected to come off the bench this season.

    Advice: J.R. Smith agreed to a four-year deal with the Cavs on Friday and should be back in the starting lineup. The Cavaliers don't have a lot of depth in their backcourt, so maybe Shumpert can see more than the 24.4 minutes per game he saw last season. With that said, he doesn't have much upside and is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Saturday, 7:02 am
  • Rajon Rondo getting Saturday off
    Rajon Rondo will rest against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a solid showing on Friday with 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, six turnovers, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Rondo will have a tough time matching his season last year, especially with the other two alphas taking assists away from him. He should still be elite for dimes and steals. Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Cory Joseph and Pat Patterson also out
    Cory Joseph and Pat Patterson will also rest on Friday.

    Advice: The Raptors will have basically their entire 2015-16 regular-season rotation out tonight. Fred VanVleet gets his chance to shine at the point. Friday, 3:05 pm
  • T-Ross out again on Friday
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He tweaked his knee on a 360-degree jam in practice earlier this week. The good news is that the MRI came back clean, so he should be ready for the regular season. Friday, 2:56 pm
  • Terry Rozier (hip) misses practice
    Terry Rozier (hip pointer) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: He said he tweaked his hip during Thursday's game and that he sat out of practice as a precaution. It sounds very minor and shouldn't impact his status moving forward. He looks like he can be a significant factor off the Boston bench this season. Friday, 10:46 am
  • Gary Harris won't rule out season opener
    Gary Harris (groin) won't rule out playing in the season opener, but added that it's not a target date either.

    Advice: "I’m just going day by day, just trying to get better each day," Harris said. "That’s two weeks down the road: We’ll see. I’m just trying to get better each day." He got up some shots on Thursday and said he felt "fine," but he said that was the first day that he tried to do anything. A return in early November is probably a little more realistic, but savvy fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to pounce on his discounted price. Friday, 8:45 am
  • Kyrie Irving makes just 5-of-15
    Kyrie Irving made just 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points against the Raptors on Thursday, adding one rebound, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He didn't have LeBron James around for this one and was the engine of the offense tonight. The Cavs do not have much depth behind Irving and he's coming into the season healthy, so he should have no problem clearing his 31.5 minutes per game. He makes sense at the end of the second round of a standard draft. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Alex Abrines has best NBA game
    Alex Abrines scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He is really impressing coach Billy Donovan with his defense and he's coming around as a more complete scorer. He didn't have any 3-pointers in his previous two games and only had three two-point makes in his three preseason games. Abrines doesn't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Marcus Smart has another solid showing
    Marcus Smart scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one turnover in 22 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He's having himself a really nice month. On his two-pointers in the preseason, he's made 60 percent, but he is at 14.3 percent from deep. Smart looks like he could pick up some minutes with Evan Turner in Portland. His upside is really nice for steals, dimes and treys, so he's worth a look late in drafts. Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Terrence Ross out for Thursday
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not play against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He tweaked his knee on a 360 jam, but the MRI came back clean. Chances are he will be missing time with this, but there is no timetable just yet. Ross is having himself a nice preseason, averaging 13.0 points per game. He's still going to be behind DeMarre Carroll during the season, though. With him out, there should be more minutes for Norman Powell. Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Lin, Foye, RHJ, Booker, Lopez starting Thurs
    Jeremy Lin, Randy Foye, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker and Brook Lopez will start Thursday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Head coach Kenny Atkinson has pretty consistently rolled out this starting lineup throughout the preseason, so it's looking like Foye may have the edge over Bojan Bogdanovic for the starting two-spot in Brooklyn, although this could also simply be Atkinson's desire to ease Bogdanovic into things after a busy offseason. Foye is basically just serving as a floor-spacer next to Lin, so he's not worth drafting in standard settings. Thursday, 3:04 pm
  • J.J. Barea will be rested Friday vs. Phoenix
    J.J. Barea (rest) will not suit up for Friday's exhibition game against the Suns.

    Advice: Barea isn't the most durable guy, so it makes sense to give him an off-day during the preseason. He's not going to have any standard league value while Deron Williams is healthy. Thursday, 2:04 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Shabazz Muhammad sinks 7-of-10 FGs for 18 pts
    Shabazz Muhammad caught fire in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, finishing a 105-88 win vs. the Nuggets with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: Muhammad had a few rough shooting nights to start the preseason, but he looked great tonight. The former lottery pick attacked the basket and showed improved proficiency from deep -- he sank his only 3-point attempt tonight, making him 3-of-6 from that range in the preseason. Playing time will be the biggest challenge for Muhammad, but he'll be a popular pickup if injuries thin out the Wolves' rotation. Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams plays 25 minutes
    Michael Carter-Williams (illness) suited up vs. the Pacers and posted 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: MCW's outlook got a bit brighter once Khris Middleton went down, but he's still a deeply flawed fantasy prospect thanks to poor percentages, a lack of 3-pointers, and high turnovers. He's little more than a flier pick in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • James Harden posts 14-8-6 line in 24 minutes
    James Harden racked up the stats in limited minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Pelicans, registering 14 points, eight assists, six boards, one steal and five turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, the turnovers will likely be an issue for Harden this season, but his ridiculous stat lines will make that easy to forgive. He’ll be a popular No. 1 overall target on draft day, and justifiably so. Trevor Ariza finished the game with nine points, four boards, one triple and two steals, while Ryan Anderson tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, one triple, one block and one turnover through 22 minutes of action. Wednesday, 7:24 am
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • D-Will, Barea, Barnes, Dirk, Bogut starting
    Deron Williams, J.J. Barea, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut are starting vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wesley Matthews (hip) is getting the night off to rest, but with the exception of Barea, this will be the starting lineup on opening night for Dallas. Tuesday, 5:26 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Randy Foye will sit vs Heat on Tuesday
    Randy Foye (rest) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game against Miami.

    Advice: Nets coach Kenny Atkinson wanted to give the veteran a rest day, so we won't see Foye in preseason action on Tuesday. While he's been working with the Nets starting unit this far, Foye doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues. Tuesday, 9:23 am
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