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  • Ty Lawson hurt by how he's perceived in NBA
    Ty Lawson said that he's been hurt by the perception that he's not a good locker room guy.

    Advice: "It’s been pretty hurtful, I guess," Lawson said. "Everybody thinks, ‘Ty’s a locker room wrecker,’ I don’t even say stuff in the locker room. I’m quiet, I’m chill. I feel like no one knows who I am." Once viewed as one of the premier point guards in the league, Lawson now finds himself on a minimum level deal in Sacramento trying to prove that he still belongs in the league. He could have some value early on while Darren Collison serves his suspension, but Lawson's long-term outlook isn't all that promising. Today, 1:23 pm
  • Andrew Bogut ready to protect the paint
    Andrw Bogut said that he's ready to lockdown the paint for the Mavs this season.

    Advice: "I think just bringing a paint presence defensively for us will be key for us," said Bogut. "Just making sure when guys come in that paint, especially early in games, that I’m contesting the shot, I’m blocking the shot, taking a charge or I’m fouling somebody." Bogut is a perpetual injury risk, but he can also be a sneaky late-round producer with his ability to offer above average assist totals (2.7) from the center position, and solid rebounding (8.1) and shot blocking (1.7) numbers. Still, he's only worth a late-round look on draft day if you're in need of some big man stats. Today, 1:08 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hip) sits out practice Thurs
    Elfrid Payton (hip flexor) did not participate during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Payton has plenty of time to get himself right before the regular season tips, so we're not very concerned about this injury impacting his status for opening night. With Victor Oladipo now in OKC, Payton will be more heavily relied upon to orchestrate the offense. However, the shooting percentages will more than likely remain an issue, so Payton's value will be stronger in points formats. Today, 12:55 pm
  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) misses practice Thurs
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but it's worth noting that Schroder has been very durable through the first three years of his career, and he hasn't dealt with any serious ankle injuries. We'll be closely monitoring this situation, but if the injury is bad enough to force Schroder to miss any time, that would open up some opportunity for Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) and Malcolm Delaney. Stay tuned. Today, 12:02 pm
  • Okafor, Henderson, Embiid sit out scrimmage
    Jahlil Okafor (knee), Gerald Henderson (rest) and Joel Embiid (rest) were all withheld from competing in Thursday's scrimmage due to "load management."

    Advice: Okafor has been experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired right knee and was also limited during Wednesday's practice, although he maintains that he's healthy and that these maintenance days are simply precautionary. Embiid got in a full practice on Wednesday, so it's not surprising to see him get a day off as part of his maintenance program, and Henderson was simply given a rest day as one of the older guys on the roster. Today, 11:57 am
  • Marcus Morris suffers minor finger injury
    Marcus Morris was limited during Thursday's practice with a minor right ring finger injury.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Morris' finger, so it sounds like he's dealing with nothing more than a sprain. He sat out the five-on-five work during Thursday's practice, but it would be surprising to see such a minor issue linger into the regular-season. Morris is good for some points and triples, but he could take a step back this season as Detroit looks to give some more run to Stanley Johnson. He's a low-upside, late-round target. Today, 11:34 am
  • Deron Williams being limited at training camp
    Deron Williams is being limited during the early goings of training camp as he tries to get his conditioning up to par after spending a majority of the offseason rehabbing from surgery to correct a sports hernia.

    Advice: Williams is reportedly healthy, and him being limited is just a precautionary endeavor by the Mavs medical staff, but there's no denying that this guy is one of the more injury prone players in the league. Through 68 games last season, Williams compiled averages of 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, 1.3 triples and 2.3 turnovers per game on 38.7 percent shooting which was only good enough for ninth-round value in standard leagues. There are higher upside guys to take late. Today, 11:28 am
  • Report: Hairston agrees to camp deal w/ HOU
    P.J. Hairston has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets do have available roster space, so if Hairston impresses during training camp, he could earn himself a spot on the regular-season roster. However, with guys like Eric Gordon and Corey Brewer expected to soak up most of the reserve minutes in Houston's backcourt, Hairston would be nothing more than an emergency depth kind of guy with the Rockets. Today, 11:19 am
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  • Bradley Beal held out of Thursday practice
    Bradley Beal (concussion) was held out of Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Beal is in the concussion protocol and will be unable to work out until he's cleared. While the 23-year-old is still an injury risk, he has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal in 55 games last season. Today, 10:35 am
  • Myles Turner unlikely to open preseason
    Myles Turner (concussion) is unlikely to play in the preseason opener, according to head coach Nate McMillan.

    Advice: Turner is still in the concussion protocol and will be held out of activity until he is cleared by doctors. While concussions can be worrisome, this shouldn't be anything keep him from going in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Today, 10:31 am
  • Jerryd Bayless dealing with wrist soreness
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) didn't practice on Thursday due to soreness in his wrist.

    Advice: Bayless is dealing with soreness in his left wrist, but his injury isn't thought to be anything serious. He's likely to head into the season as the 76ers starting point guard, but his fantasy value is limited to the later rounds as Philadelphia will primarily run their offense through Ben Simmons. Today, 10:04 am
  • Kelly Olynyk back to shooting at camp
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) was able to put up some shots in training camp on Wednesday.

    Advice: Olynyk has been cleared for non-contact drills and it's good to see him back on the court and able to put up some shots. While Olynyk is capable of a big game from time to time, he won't see enough minutes in the Celtics crowded frontcourt to make much of a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 8:26 am
  • Mike Malone happy to have Darrell Arthur back
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone is happy that Darrell Arthur re-signed with the Nuggets.

    Advice: Arthur could have likely got a few more dollars elsewhere, but re-signed with the Warriors due to his comfort with the team. He’s a guy that loves Denver," Malone said. "He wants to be here. Free agency came around, he told his agents ‘Listen, get it done with Denver. I don’t even want to talk to anybody else.’ He left millions of dollars on the table because he believes in what we’re doing. That makes you feel really good because Darrell Arthur is about all the right things." Arthur is stuck in a crowded Nuggets frontcourt and is only worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues at the moment. Today, 7:51 am
  • David Lee looking to fit in with Spurs
    David Lee is looking to contribute to the Spurs in whatever way he can.

    Advice: Lee is joining the Spurs on a two-year deal for the veteran minimum and knows he'll be more of a role player with San Antonio. "I’m not coming here saying, ‘LaMarcus better watch out, I’m taking his spot,’" Lee said. "Those two guys [Aldridge and Gasol] are established All-Stars. I want to come in here and whatever minutes I’m given, I’m going to play them with energy." Lee won't be worth much in standard fantasy leagues, but he could have some good DFS nights when the Spurs rest players. Today, 6:58 am
  • Jeremy Lamb looking to show consistency
    Jeremy Lamb is looking to show more consistency in 2016-17.

    Advice: Lamb faded after a strong start to 2015-16 and is focused on sustaining consistency in 2016-17. "When you change your mindset, it doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been working on it all summer. In training camp, you’ve got to build on that," Lamb said. "If you’re missing shots, you’ve got to keep shooting. If you don’t get a stop, believe you’ll get a stop next time. Help your teammates. Do all the little things that keep you positive." Lamb has potential, but he he isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues until he can show some consistency in his production. Today, 6:03 am
  • Myles Turner (concussion) still sidelined
    Nate McMillan is hopeful that Myles Turner (concussion) will be able to attend Thursday's practice.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though Turner could participate, however, as he was still in the NBA's concussion policy as of Wednesday. He has plenty of time to recuperate and his inactivity early in camp isn't a huge problem, since McMillan has already named him the Pacers' starting center. His upside is huge and he's steadily creeping into the early-middle rounds of most 9-cat drafts. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Elfrid Payton misses practice again
    Elfrid Payton (hip) missed practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did say he's feeling better after his injury last week. Payton did also aggravate this injury, so the Magic will be taking their time. With Victor Oladipo in Oklahoma City, Payton should have more chances to produce. He'll have to be more efficient to be a reliable fantasy asset. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) limited at practice Weds
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: This is the same knee that required offseason surgery and limited him to just 53 games his rookie year, although Okafor maintains that he's "100 percent healthy" and that the limited workload was simply a recommendation from the 76ers' medical staff. Okafor was only a late-round guy last year churning in averages of 17.5 points, 7.0 boards and 1.2 blocks per game, but those numbers could take a hit with Joel Embiid now a part of the equation. Okafor could also be traded, and the uncertainty regarding his situation makes him a risky standard league target. Yesterday, 10:38 am
  • Elfrid Payton dealing w/ strained hip flexor
    Magic head coach Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton is day-to-day after suffering a strained hip flexor.

    Advice: Payton hasn't had any issues with his hip in the past, and he's been very durable through the first two years of his career, so this isn't an issue we'd expect to linger into the regular season. Vogel has been making flowery comments about Payton this offseason, which is a stark contrast from the relationship that Payton had with Scott Skiles, so perhaps he can take a step forward during Year-3. The shooting percentages will likely remain an issue, but if you’re seeking some production in the steals and assists categories during the later rounds, go ahead and give him a look. Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Deron Williams to practice most of the time
    Coach Rick Carlisle expects Deron Williams (sports hernia) to practice "the majority of the time."

    Advice: The Mavs are going to evaluate him as camp goes along. Williams had surgery this offseason and had previously said he expects to be a full go for camp, so that looks like it won't happen. The Mavs added Seth Curry to their second unit, which means they might be able to dial back Williams' playing time. At this point, it makes more sense to pick up Curry over Deron in the late rounds of standard drafts. Monday, 5:37 pm
  • Bradley Beal wants to take 20 shots
    Bradley Beal could take 20 shots per game this season.

    Advice: "It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said about the possible shot increase. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash." Beal only had nine games with at least 20 shots last year, so that's a tall order. Plus, the Wizards should be limiting him based on his leg injury. He's still a decent option in the middle rounds. Monday, 3:57 pm
  • Dave Joerger says Lawson could have big year
    Coach Dave Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson to have a big season.

    Advice: The Kings are likely to lose Darren Collison for at least 10 games due to a suspension, so Lawson should have a chance to start. The 28-year-old guard has never really been super efficient, but he only had a 47.6 true shooting percentage last year. If you're looking for a quick boost at point guard for November, Lawson is an option in the last round of standard drafts. Monday, 2:39 pm
  • Bogut to get more than 20 minutes per game?
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Andrew Bogut is expected to play more than 20 minutes per game.

    Advice: Obviously, the Australian big man will have to stay healthy to improve on his 20.7 per game last year. The 31-year-old big man said he's never been hurt from playing too many minutes. Of course, the more a guy plays, the more chances he has to get hurt. Bogut does sound like he's in a better spot for fantasy production, but there is a lot of risk here. Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk cleared for non-contact drills
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for non-contact drills.

    Advice: Just in time for training camp. Olynyk will be reevaluated on Oct. 15, but this doesn't mean that he will be ready for the season opener. The Celtics won't rush him back given their frontcourt depth, but this could give Tyler Zeller an early edge over Olynyk for the backup center role. Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried. Monday, 9:47 am
  • Jahlil Okafor is 'over' his knee injury
    Jahlil Okafor said that he is "over" his knee injury.

    Advice: This is good news and it doesn't like he will be limited in training camp. The 76ers currently have a huge logjam in the froncourt with Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid all vying for center minutes, so we won't be excited about Okafor's outlook unless a trade goes down. Monday, 9:45 am
  • Myles Turner diagnosed with a concussion
    Myles Turner was diagnosed with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head during a workout this week.

    Advice: Turner is currently in the NBA's concussion protocol and it's not clear when he will be able to return. There's plenty of time for Turner to recover, so this shouldn't impact his value in fantasy drafts. Turner is a breakout candidate after averaging 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season. Monday, 7:36 am
  • Bird expecting a spectacular year from Turner
    Larry Bird said that he's expecting a "spectacular" year from Myles Turner.

    Advice: "He’s making a major leap," Bird said. "He’s going to have some games where he’s not as good as others, but overall he’s going to be a lot better player." Turner will be the starting center ahead of Al Jefferson and is hoping to take on more of a scoring role this season -- he wants to average 15-20 points per game. Turner put up 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season, so if you're drafting in a competitive league, you'll have to take him early. Sunday, 6:37 am
  • Ainge needs to see more from Kelly Olynyk
    Danny Ainge implied that he needs to see more from Kelly Olynyk this season than he has shown in the past.

    Advice: Olynyk connected on a surprising 40.5 percent of his three-point attempts last season, but his game-to-game performance too often fluctuated and it resulted in making KO an unreliable part of Boston's rotation. Now that Al Horford is a Celtic, it's hard to see how Olynyk—who is still fighting to recover from shoulder surgery—makes a meaningful impact in standard fantasy formats. Saturday, 2:36 pm
  • Hennigan expects Payton to show improvement
    Orlando GM Rob Hennigan is expecting to see a lot of improvement from Elfrid Payton this season.

    Advice: "Well, I’ll tell you that Elfrid had a great summer, a very productive summer," Hennigan said. "He put in a tremendous amount of work in all areas of his game. He’s gotten a lot stronger. So we’re expecting him to show a lot of improvement across the board." Hennigan added that he still really believes in Payton, and it's worth noting that new coach Frank Vogel is anticipating a "heck of a year" from the third-year PG. If his shooting has improved as much as the Magic say it has, he could have a big year in Orlando, assuming he outplays D.J. Augustin. Saturday, 8:48 am
  • Darrell Arthur still not 100 percent
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

    Advice: He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Vogel expects big things from Elfrid Payton
    Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton strikes him "as a guy who's going to have a heck of a year."

    Advice: Scott Skiles wasn't Payton's biggest fan last season, so a coaching chance could really benefit the third-year guard. "So he had some growing pains, like this whole team did," Vogel said. "But I think he's poised to have a great year." Payton has prioritized working on his shot this summer and Vogel's comments indicate that his starting role ahead of D.J. Augustin is safe. Give him a look if you're targeting steals and dimes. Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Report: P.J. Hairston works out for Brooklyn
    P.J. Hairston recently had a workout with the Nets.

    Advice: Hairston may be able to turn this workout into a camp invite, but even if he does make the regular-season roster, his fantasy value would be more or less non-existent in Brooklyn. The Nets also reportedly brought in Jorge Gutierrez and Kendal Marshall for workouts, although with five point guards already on the roster going into camp, it would be surprising to see those guys earn a camp invite. Tuesday, 1:58 pm
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  • Olynyk (shoulder) iffy for start of season
    Kelly Olynyk's recovery from shoulder surgery could "spill into the regular season" according to Celtics reporter A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: His timetable for a return is sometime next month, so it sounds like he could miss a large portion of training camp. Blakely adds that teams won't be pursuing Olynyk until he proves he is healthy, but said that the big man could be an interesting trade piece for the Celtics given the depth of their frontcourt. His workload will probably be limited to minutes in the lower 20s with Al Horford and Amir Johnson around, so Olynyk's fantasy outlook isn't promising. Sep 19, 7:38 am
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