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  • Jarrett Jack continues to be limited at camp
    Jarrett Jack has been limited at training camp and his workload has been reduced the past couple days.

    Advice: He's been doing mostly non-contact drills in camp and the Hawks are staying true to their word that Jack will be brought along very slowly. If he's not ready to go for opening night, Malcolm Delaney should win the backup job behind Dennis Schroder. 25 minutes ago
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) is making progress
    Tiago Splitter (hip) is making good progress at training camp.

    Advice: "I think we feel good about Tiago’s three days of work, how much he was able to get in and how he played when he was in," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We tried to keep him more in a scrimmage and competitive type environment. I think the whole team marvels what Tiago is doing coming off his surgery and off his injury." This sounds encouraging and likely means that Splitter will be ready to back up Dwight Howard on opening night. His fantasy value will be limited while the Hawks are at full strength, so he's not a fantasy target. 28 minutes ago
  • Nicolas Batum doesn't feel much pressure
    Nicolas Batum said that he doesn't feel any new pressure after signing a five-year, $120 million deal over the summer.

    Advice: "I’ll try to be aggressive, but I understand why I got this contract. I don’t think my teammates or coaches want me to change," Batum said. "They want me to keep being a playmaker." Batum put up averages of 14.9 points with 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting last season, returning fifth-round value in standard leagues. Despite a quiet showing at the Rio Olympics for France, Batum should take on some extra responsibility in Charlotte with Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin in new cities, making him an excellent mid-round pick with early-round upside. 34 minutes ago
  • Watson: Marquess Chriss has endless potential
    Coach Earl Watson said Marquese Chriss has "endless potential."

    Advice: "With Marquese, I can see it coming," Watson said. "You just talk to him and bring him back." Tyson Chandler also added Chriss is a lot more skilled than he thought, but did say he was "all raw." The Suns won't be rushing Chriss this year and he'll be behind Jared Dudley. He's more of a Dynasty league target. Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Devin Harris expected to practice on Friday
    Devin Harris (foot) is expected to practice on Friday.

    Advice: He had three surgeries this summer with his left big toe surgery as the most significant one. Harris said his oft-injured foot was feeling good up until he suffered turf toe, and then everything went south. He said he expects to be 100 percent for the opener on Oct. 26, but he's not worthy of a fantasy draft pick almost anywhere. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Blake Griffin to take more 3-pointers?
    Blake Griffin has been working on his shooting from beyond the arc this summer and wants to be more confident from deep.

    Advice: "I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great," Griffin said. While Griffin did only make six treys all of last season, he has shown he is capable. On his shots from 20-24 feet last season, Griffin made a very respectable 41.5 percent (34-of-82). Additionally, Chris Paul said the Clippers will tell Blake to "shoot it damn near every time he catches it." Even with a slightly higher upside, the injury risk will cause Blake to slide a bit this year, and justifiably so. Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Nerlens Noel likes playing alongside Simmons
    Nerlens Noel believes that he and Ben Simmons can make for a great defensive duo.

    Advice: "I think we complement each other very well, especially on the defensive end," Noel said. "He's definitely a lockdown type defender that digs in." Noel's future with the 76ers franchise is uncertain, and he'll open up the year splitting minutes with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, so currently he's a rather dubious fantasy asset. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) withheld from practice
    Alan Anderson (ankle, rest) did not participate during Thursday's practice as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Anderson struggled to stay on the court last season after being forced to undergo two surgeries on his left ankle, and it is a bit concerning that this is still an issue at all considering that his last procedure was on October 13 of 2015. He's likely locked into a three-way timeshare with Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute, so there's no reason to burn a draft pick on Anderson in any setting. Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Brown says Saric and Simmons will share floor
    Brett Brown confirmed that he intends to play Dario Saric and Ben Simmons together.

    Advice: "I think the pluses are you have 6-10 do-alls that really can jump into a very versatile defensive world with perhaps a lot of switching," Brown said of the Saric-Simmons pairing. "I think they are elite defensive rebounders that can rebound, lead a break, and take off." Brown hopes that Saric can get comfortable playing out of position at small forward, and he's determined to use training camp to develop some chemistry between the two lottery picks. It sounds like Brown plans to give quality run to Saric his rookie year, so targeting him towards the later rounds makes sense given his upside. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Malone 'impressed' w/ Kenneth Faried at camp
    Michael Malone said that he's been "impressed" with Kenneth Faried through the first five days of training camp.

    Advice: "Kenneth is having an unbelievable camp," said Malone. "He's in great shape, and just how hard he's working. I've been very impressed with Kenneth and his mind set." Faried has tantalized the fantasy world with his uber-athleticism ever since he came into the league, but through five years of NBA experience, he just hasn't seemed to ever reach his potential. The Manimal was just a ninth-round guy last year and will be facing some increased competition for minutes this year from Jusuf Nurkic and Wilson Chandler, so he's really not worth much more than a late-round pick. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Motiejunas hasn't talked w/ Houston in months
    Donatas Motiejunas reportedly hasn't had any extensive talks regarding his contract situation with the Rockets "in months."

    Advice: Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent, but he just hasn't been generating any real interest anywhere, which could be due to the back issues that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season. If Motiejunas is able to strike a deal with Houston, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent as he'd have a minimal role in backing up Ryan Anderson. Yesterday, 2:25 pm
  • Quincy Ford (head) cleared for practice
    Quincy Ford was back on the practice floor on Thursday after being withheld from Wednesday's practice after getting knocked in the head.

    Advice: Ford is with the Jazz on a training camp deal, but he'll more than likely be playing in the D-League once the regular-season tips. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Spurs waive F Ryan Richards
    Spurs waive F Ryan Richards.

    Advice: Richards had been a camp invite, but will end up being an early roster casualty. The Spurs are now down to 19 players and have an open roster spot. Richards will likely head to the D-League (or overseas) and won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17. Yesterday, 8:59 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Report: 76ers think Dario Saric can be a SF
    The 76ers would reportedly like to mold Dario Saric into a small forward.

    Advice: Saric's natural position is power forward, but so is Ben Simmon's, so if Saric wants to earn significant minutes his rookie year he'll need to get comfortable playing on the perimeter. Saric did run with the first unit during Wednesday's scrimmage alongside Ben Simmons, and it's not all that far fetched to think he could earn steady playing time at the three due to his ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Saric has the ability to bring a little bit of everything to the stat sheet, so he makes sense as a late-round gamble. Wednesday, 11:14 am
  • Blake Griffin fully recovered from quad issue
    Blake Griffin has fully recovered from the quad issue that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "It just looks like a brand new tendon," Griffin said, after seeing the results with his doctor. "No tendinitis, no anything…The doctor was like, ‘This is probably as healthy as your tendon’s been since high school,’ just because of the nature of how much basketball we have to play." Doc Rivers said that Griffin "looked great" during his first full practice with the team at camp, and Griffin added that he's cleared all the mental hurdles of the recovery process. He's in a contract year and entering his prime at 27 years old, so Griffin could be in for a career-year with the Clippers. Wednesday, 9:59 am
  • Doc Rivers says starting SF job 'wide open'
    Doc Rivers said that the battle for the starting small forward position in Los Angeles is "wide open."

    Advice: Both Luc Mbah a Moute and Anderson got some reps with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, and Wes Johnson is also another option for Rivers. Last season, Rivers routinely changed the starting small forward based on matchups, and that could again be his strategy this season. This situation has timeshare written all over it, and is one that should be avoided in standard settings. Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • 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
  • Noel doesn't see a way of it working out?
    Nerlens Noel said he doesn't see a way for the 76ers logjam at center to work out.

    Advice: "I don't think it makes too much sense to come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position," said Noel. He's not wrong. The 76ers were a disaster when using Noel next to Jahlil Okafor last year, posting a putrid minus-20.0 in net rating in those 696 minutes -- those minutes accounted for 43.7 percent of Okafor's playing time, too. On the nights Joel Embiid isn't resting, coach Brett Brown might have to split 48 minutes three ways. Monday, 5:24 pm
  • Blake Griffin, Chris Paul both 100 percent
    Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) both said on Monday that they are 100 percent.

    Advice: This means the Clippers will open training camp at full strength. Griffin spent most of the summer rehabbing, and while his recovery was abnormally long, hopefully the quad issue is in the rearview mirror. He's entering a contract year and the trade rumors have been buzzing, so his price in fantasy drafts has noticeably dropped. It will be interesting to see how he holds up during the preseason. Monday, 12:35 pm
  • Marquese Chriss could see time in D-League
    Marquese Chriss could spend time in the D-League this season.

    Advice: Additionally, teammate P.J. Tucker said Chriss is like a 6'9" Gerald Green due to his athletic dunks. The Suns did bring on Jared Dudley to start at the four, so that way they can take their time developing the young big man. His upside is intriguing because of his shooting to go with the athleticism, but he's only a late-round lotto ticket in deep re-draft leagues. Monday, 11:42 am
  • Dario Saric could play some center?
    Dario Saric said he could play some small-ball center and expects to play mostly power forward.

    Advice: That sounds about right. Saric's skill set is more geared to be a power forward, but obviously Ben Simmons will get major burn at that spot. The 76ers could use Simmons as a point guard, so it's still possible Simmons and Saric could get a handful of minutes together. He will have to improve on his shooting, but Saric could have a decent impact in his rookie year. He's more of a last-round flier in standard leagues. We'll obviously be watching him very closely at camp. Monday, 11:07 am
  • Malone won't reveal starting power forward
    Coach Mike Malone said he won't reveal his starting power forward for the season opener.

    Advice: He did say he knows the answer here, but he's going to keep it in house. Malone added he wants a lot of competition for that spot. Back in August, Malone said there is a "good chance" Kenneth Faried starts, so he's a heavy favorite. Nikola Jokic is fully expected to start at center, but the Nuggets could additionally use him as a non-starting power forward next to Jusuf Nurkic depending on game flow and matchups. Faried is more of a later-round pick these days. Monday, 10:24 am
  • Nerlens Noel unhappy with Sixers' imbalance
    Nerlens Noel said on Sunday that the 76ers' "situation...with three starting centers" is "silly."

    Advice: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo admitted this summer that he is "absolutely not" comfortable with the logjam caused by Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid all vying for minutes. "I know I was shopped [in trades this offseason]," Noel said. "I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer." The Sixers' obvious need to unload a big man leaves them in a negative position, trade-wise, but it seems inevitable that one of their centers will finish the season in another jersey. Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Rockets still negotiating w/ Motiejunas
    According to The Vertical, the Rockets are still trying to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: The Rockets traded away Michael Beasley on Thursday and they expect to have Motiejunas on their opening-night roster. However, the two sides haven't made much progress in contract talks and D-Mo's agent said that he isn't pleased at the way the Rockets have handled the negotiations. D-Mo should have a role in Houston next season, but Ryan Anderson is going to be the primary PF and is a much better fantasy target. Friday, 7:10 am
  • Jarrett Jack will be limited in training camp
    Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) will not be a full participant to start training camp according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: "He is doing well," Budenholzer said. "You always are optimistic that [recovery time] is on the shorter end. I’ve told him, and he knows, we are always going to err on the side of caution. Easing him into camp and easing him into exhibition games. To some degree the next week to 10 days will tell us more." If Jack is able to be cleared in time for the season opener, he will be the favorite to win the backup PG job behind Dennis Schroder. Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) will be ready for camp
    Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) will be ready for training camp according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: "With Tiago, everyone is really happy with his progress," Budenholzer said. "With the hip, if you are just talking specifically about the hip, everybody feels like it couldn’t be going much better. Now, it’s getting all the muscles and everything that goes into being ready to play up to speed. We are expecting him to participate in camp, maybe not at 100 percent participation but significant." This also means Splitter should be ready for opening night where he will see minutes in the teens backing up Dwight Howard off the bench. Thursday, 11:39 am
  • PHI not aggressively shopping Noel, Okafor?
    Bryan Colangelo denied during a recent interview that the 76ers have been aggressively shopping Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: "Making a statement that absolutely something will be done is not necessarily the case," Colangelo said. "I think what I said over the course of the summer is there is no doubt that we got three talented players... But the notion that we were out shopping any of them and aggressively pushing to make a deal is not the case." What Colangelo actually said this summer was that the roster was "unbalanced" with a surplus of bigs being the problem, so his new statement is likely nothing more than a ploy to gain leverage in future trade talks. Wednesday, 11:00 am
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