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  • Cauley-Stein gets 23 minutes in start
    Willie Cauley-Stein played 23 minutes in another start on Thursday, scoring four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Kosta Koufos came off the bench, playing 24 minutes for four points, five boards and one block. The Kings are mixing it up with their rotation in the preseason to figure out which player fits better with Demarcus Cousins, who scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and four steals. Cauley-Stein still isn't quite worth drafting in standard leagues yet. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Lauvergne has another great game
    Joffrey Lauvergne scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover on 6-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: He's absolutely rolling this month, scoring 15.0 points per game in his previous two preseason outings. Jusuf Nurkic hasn't played yet, which has opened some extra run for Lauvergne. He's not much of a shot blocker and did make just 40.4 percent from the field last year, so he's still not a strong target in drafts just yet. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Anderson Varejao drops 10 points in six mins.
    Anderson Varejao scored 10 points with three rebounds and one assist in just six minutes on Thursday against the 76ers.

    Advice: The team rested him for the second half of the game as scheduled rest. Varejao had a ton of energy off the bench and looked great on offense, especially on the glass while he even scored on a face-up play. He is still going to be limited to start the year and is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Myles Turner on 15-minute limit Thursday
    Myles Turner (sore knee) will remain on a 15-minute limit for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Head coach Frank Vogel said that Turner experienced some soreness in his knee following Tuesday's game, so the Pacers will continue taking a cautious approach with their 2015 draft pick. Turner has quite a bit of upside, so he's certainly someone to consider towards the final few rounds on draft day. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Jason Smith (rest) will not play on Thursday
    Jason Smith (rest) will sit out Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: The Magic are currently on the second-game of a back-to-back set, so they're giving some of their veteran guys the night off. Channing Frye and C.J. Watson will join Smith on the sidelines as healthy scratches. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Brandon Bass diagnosed with patella contusion
    An MRI/CT scan of Brandon Bass' left knee revealed a patella contusion, and he will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: It's basically a knee bruise, and the Lakers are currently listing him as day-to-day. He should be good to go for the regular season, but it's looking like he'll be coming off the bench behind Julius Randle this season. Bass averaged just 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game through 23.5 minutes per game with the Celtics last season, and those numbers could dip in Los Angeles. We'd recommend focusing your attention elsewhere on draft day. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Steven Adams (back) goes through practice
    Steven Adams (back) went through everything during OKC's light practice on Thursday, although he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Fenerbahce.

    Advice: Adams is dealing with a sore back, but his full participation in today's practice can certainly be viewed as a positive sign. That being said, his minutes could dip this season with Enes Kanter in town, so we'd recommend avoiding Adams in standard leagues on draft day. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Thursday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's hard to get excited about a guy that consistently misses major chunks of the regular-season. We wouldn't recommend drafting Bargnani in any league. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Wittman won't commit to Humphries as starter
    Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has not yet committed to using Kris Humphries as the team's full-time starting power forward.

    Advice: Wittman added that he could use multiple starting lineups, so it sounds like there's a possibility that Humphries and Nene fluctuate in-and-out of the starting lineup depending on the matchup. This situation has timeshare written all over it, meaning that neither player will make for a strong late-round selection in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play on Thursday
    Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Chicago.

    Advice: Nurkic is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, but reports thus far indicate that he'll be good to go once the regular season begins. He makes for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game as a starter last season. Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Erik Green (rest), Wilson Chandler (rest) and Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will join Arthur on the sidelines for Thursday's exhibition. The earlier the preseason, the more likely we are to see guys on the sidelines resting, so we wouldn't read much into any of this. Arthur and Green aren't worth drafting in almost any league, while Chandler and Nurkic make for nice late-round targets. Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Taj Gibson will not play Thursday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will miss Thursday's preseason game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The decision to make Gibson inactive for Thursday is just precautionary, so fantasy owners don't have to worry about anything long-term after offseason ankle surgery. Gibson is expected to be ready to for for the start of the regular season, but isn't much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he's mired in a crowded Bulls frontcourt. Yesterday, 10:38 am
  • Kevin Seraphin misses Thursday practice
    Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Seraphin's injury isn't thought to be serious and the Knicks are playing it safe with him after he played 22 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win against Bauru. Even when healthy, the 25-year-old won't see enough minutes to make a difference in fantasy leagues this season and can be left alone by owners in standards leagues. Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Kevin Seraphin misses Thursday practice
    Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Seraphin's injury isn't thought to be serious and the Knicks are playing it safe with him after he played 22 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win against Bauru. Even when healthy, the 25-year-old won't see enough minutes to make a difference in fantasy leagues this season and can be left alone by owners in standards leagues. Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Omer Asik out three weeks with calf strain
    Omer Asik (calf strain) is expected to miss three weeks.

    Advice: Asik's injury will further deplete a Pelicans frontcourt that will already by without Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) for the next 4-6 weeks. Asik should be ready for the start of the regular season, but any prolonged absence will open up even more minutes for Ryan Anderson than he already had in front of him. We'll keep an eye on Asik, but this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy stock as a late-round flier. Yesterday, 9:28 am
  • Darrell Arthur unlikely to play Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bulls.

    Advice: Nuggets head coach said the team is being cautious with Arthur in order to make sure he'll be ready for the regular season, so it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. While Arthur will be part of the Nuggets rotation, he only averaged 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds last season and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Jon Leuer racks up 17 & 13 in preseason win
    Suns PF Jon Leuer scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds vs. the Kings on Wednesday, and he threw down an impressive dunk against DeMarcus Cousins in transition.

    Advice: The Twitter-hyperbole machine kicked into gear following Leuer's dunk, but it's still worth watching via the link below. Leuer is a blue-collar big man who fills a niche in the Suns' rotation without providing any fantasy upside whatsoever. Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein starts w/ Koufos resting
    Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein started Wednesday's exhibition with Kosta Koufos resting, and he finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed solid defensive awareness and his length created problems for the Suns tonight, underscoring the reasons he could earn substantial minutes as a rookie. Kosta Koufos is the current favorite to start alongside DeMarcus Cousins, which makes Cauley-Stein an intriguing but risky late-round pick. Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin scores 14 pts on 7-of-11 FGs
    Knicks C Kevin Seraphin shot 7-of-11 from the field on Wednesday to finish with 14 points, five rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: None of New York's starters logged more than 21 minutes and Seraphin isn't likely to see such a large role during the regular season. He's also unlikely to face as lenient a defense as Brazil's Bauru Basket, whom the Knicks beat by 19 points tonight, and standard-league owners should avoid him on draft day. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) solid in return
    Anderson Varejao was sharp in his long-awaited return, finishing with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, two boards, two assists and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Varejao hadn't played since tearing his Achilles last December, but he's had ample time to recover and should earn solid minutes backing up Timofey Mozgov at center. He's never provided many defensive stats and the reserve role guarantees that he'll be on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Results on Brandon Bass' knee are inconclusive
    The results of Brandon Bass' x-rays on his left knee were inconclusive, and he will undergo further testing on Thursday.

    Advice: Bass will likely have an MRI or CT scan on Thursday, but there is no need to speculate on what is wrong until we get more information. Expect an update on Thursday afternoon. If Bass needs to miss time, Julius Randle would see more minutes and could solidify a starting role. Wednesday, 3:01 pm
  • Steven Adams (sore back) targeting Friday
    The Thunder are hopeful that Steven Adams (sore back) will be able to play on Friday.

    Advice: Adams went through shootaround on Wednesday, but the Thunder will hold him out of the game vs. Minnesota as a precaution. Adams is the favorite to start over Enes Kanter which makes sense because he is a solid rim protector, but he is still only a fantasy consideration in deeper leagues while the Thunder are at full strength. Wednesday, 11:43 am
  • Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice on Wed
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed his second consecutive day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, this is just a reminder of how often Bargnani finds himself dealing with various ailments. We'd recommend letting another owner deal with the headache of owning Il Mago on draft day. Wednesday, 10:47 am
  • Steven Adams (back) will not play Wednesday
    Steven Adams (sore back) will not play in Wednesday's preseason opener vs. Minnesota, as expected.

    Advice: Adams is simply dealing with a sore back, so he should be fine when the regular-season tips off. He's currently penciled in as the starting center in OKC, although his minutes will likely trend down this season with Enes Kanter nipping at his heels for playing time. Adams isn't worth drafting in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • Brandon Bass has knee scare in OT loss
    Brandon Bass played 16 minutes and made all four of his shots for 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Bass hurt his knee during the game, but was able to walk it off and return to the game. He should be fine, but he looks primed to play behind Julius Randle, who is a much better fantasy option at this point. Wednesday, 12:46 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubles in win
    Joffrey Lauvergne stayed hot in Tuesday's preseason win, racking up 14 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-8 shooting in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had 16 points and 11 boards on 7-of-10 shooting in Friday's preseason game, and looks like a very interesting sleeper center pick in fantasy. Keep a close eye on him in the preseason, as his stock could continue to rise with a couple more nice performances under new coach Michael Malone. Jusuf Nurkic was out again with a knee injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. However, with Lauvergne's solid play, he could challenge Nurkic for the starting gig in Denver. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Kris Humphries will start at PF on Tuesday
    Kris Humphries will start at power forward, ahead of Nene, for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Nene is healthy, and head coach Randy Wittman said not to make much of the Wizards' rotations during the early goings of preseason, so we won't. That being said, neither Humphries nor Nene make for very appealing plays in standard leagues. Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Steven Adams (back) doubtful for Wednesday
    Steven Adams (back) is unlikely to play in Wednesday's preseason opener vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Adams did increase his workload at practice on Tuesday, but the Thunder have no reason to risk him aggravating his back injury during a preseason game. Adams is currently the favorite to start at center for OKC this season, but after compiling averages of just 7.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a starter last season, there’s no reason to get too excited about his starter designation. At best, Adams can serve as a shot blocking specialist in deep leagues. Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani misses Tuesday practice
    Andrea Bargnani (right left hamstring) missed Nets practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bargnani's injury isn't thought to be serious, but it's never a good thing to see an injury-prone player dealing with injuries before the regular season even starts. While Bargnani should see decent minutes for the Nets, his risk outweighs his reward for owners in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • WCS plays well despite conditioning issues
    Willie Cauley-Stein flashed his potential in Monday's exhibition win over the Blazers, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed off his physical tools and despite his solid play, he was definitely winded toward the ends of his shifts. Our guess is that he got the message regarding coming into camp at peak condition and that storyline will die down by the time the season starts. If he can stay on the floor for George Karl, he'll have a chance to put up hustle numbers as a last round flier-type. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Bargnani says hamstring injury not serious
    Andrea Bargnani said his left hamstring tightness is not serious and that he'll be back "very soon" on Monday.

    Advice: Bargnani missed Monday's preseason opener and that sound you heard was the basketball world rolling its eyes. There isn't a scenario in which we'd remove the injury-risk tag from his profile. Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Cauley-Stein admits training-camp faux pas
    Willie Cauley-Stein admitted that he wasn't in great shape at the beginning of training camp, but said he's now "back to normal."

    Advice: "Two weeks from now it’s going to be fun," he said. "I’m going to be hydroplaning up and down the court. I’m not going to feel winded at all." He vowed to never report to camp with poor conditioning again, and his frank acknowledgement of the issue is encouragingly mature for a 22-year-old rookie. The Kings' frontcourt depth is a big hurdle to WCS's fantasy value this season, so owners shouldn't reach for him on draft day. Monday, 1:11 pm
  • Taj Gibson will not play in Tuesday's game
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: It's just a precautionary move after Gibson's offseason ankle surgery. Everything has been going well in his rehab and recovery, and Gibson is expected to be ready to go right around the time the regular season begins. Monday, 10:50 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Monday night
    Andrea Bargnani (tight left hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins says he won't play until he's ready. Bargs' hamstring was so famous that it should have had its own name last season, but there is no indication this is anything more than precautionary. He's expected to play a sizable reserve role for the Nets, but Bargnani is not someone we're looking to draft in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:57 am
  • Steven Adams expected to start at center
    Steven Adams is expected to serve as the Thunder's starting center.

    Advice: Despite re-signing Enes Kanter for a whopping $70 million this summer, the Thunder appear committed to keeping Adams paired with Serge Ibaka in the starting lineup. However, with Kanter's presence, a healthy Ibaka and Kevin Durant back in the fold, there isn't a lot of reason to get excited about Adams' fantasy stock considering the lack of upside. Monday, 6:30 am
  • Report: Willie Cauley-Stein not in shape
    CSN Insider James Ham told the Koz and Bru Show that Willie Cauley-Stein struggled to run up and down the court during training camp.

    Advice: WCS has had some positive moments during camp but being out of condition is a small red flag. We'll want to see him move past this before getting too optimistic about his upside, as George Karl has a plethora of options to choose from in his frontcourt and won't cut the rookie any slack. Monday, 1:16 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will play alongside Lopez?
    Nets head coach Lionel Hollins said that he'll be looking to give Andrea Bargnani minutes alongside Brook Lopez this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Offensively, those guys are very versatile and they give a lot of problems to the defense, because both can shoot, both can pass, and both can put the ball on the floor," Hollins said. "I like those guys playing together at times." Bargnani played next to Lopez for long stretches during Friday's scrimmage, so it looks like Hollins likes what he sees in a potential Bargnani/Lopez pairing, which is a very strange sentence to write. Sunday, 11:06 pm
  • Steven Adams (back) won't scrimmage Sunday
    Steven Adams (sore back) will not play in Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: He did work out earlier in the day but isn't ready for a full practice, and we're considering him day-to-day as OKC prepares to open their preseason vs. the Wolves on Oct. 7. Adams averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game last season, and he's a negligible fantasy player while Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka are healthy. Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Myles Turner blocks two shots
    Myles Turner missed all five shots from the field with three points from the line on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Turner was seeing heavy minutes at center, which is a fairly decent indication that he'll be in that spot more than power forward. Turner's offensive game wasn't there, but he really owned the paint as the anchor. Even if he splits the minutes at center with Ian Mahinmi, he's still worth drafting late in standard leagues. Saturday, 7:26 pm
  • Myles Turner (knee) expected to play Saturday
    Myles Turner (knee) is expected to play vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Turner didn't practice at all on Wednesday and the team withheld him from sprints on Thursday, but it's a great sign for his status if the Pacers are willing to let him play in an exhibition. Head coach Frank Vogel sounds like he is leaning towards starting Paul George and Ian Mahinmi early on, but Turner shouldn't have a problem earning minutes this season. Despite some small concerns about his knees, his ceiling makes him an excellent gamble in the later rounds. Saturday, 9:12 am
  • Lauvergne double-doubles off the bench
    Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubled off the bench in Friday's preseason opener, scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Lauvergne didn't have a steal or block but in general we're not trying to read too much into tonight's action. The French big man does a little bit of everything and we'll be keeping an eye on him, but a crowded frontcourt presents challenges from a fantasy point of view. Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Steven Adams has a back injury
    Steven Adams (back) did not take part in contact drills on Friday.

    Advice: He just has some back soreness and is questionable to play on Sunday. Adams won't have much fantasy value while OKC is healthy up front. Friday, 11:59 am
  • Anderson Varejao says he feels good
    Anderson Varejao said that his Achilles is feeling good.

    Advice: "I'm feeling pretty good," Varejao said. "I'm just going to have to take baby steps, little by little, to get back into the game, my rhythm and everything. I don't know if I'm doing it as fast as I used to, but I'm basically doing everything right now." Varejao will come off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov this season and the Cavs will limit his minutes in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so he is not a recommended target in standard leagues. Friday, 6:41 am
  • Steven Adams (back) doesn't practice Thursday
    Steven Adams did not practice on Thursday due to back soreness, but it is not being considered serious.

    Advice: Adams will likely be stuck playing limited minutes behind Enes Kanter this season, so there's no reason to target him in standard leagues on draft day. Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Myles Turner sits out sprints at practice
    Myles Turner (knee) was again withheld from participating in full-court sprints during the Pacers practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Turner didn't practice at all on Wednesday, but he went through a little over an hour of drills on Thursday, and this is more of a precautionary thing than anything for the Pacers. "They want to save my knees as much as possible," said Turner. Even before training camp started, head coach Frank Vogel said that he intended to limit Turner in some practices due to knee soreness, so we wouldn't read too much into this. The No. 11 overall pick of the 2015 draft has a very high ceiling, and there's a chance he works his way into the starting unit as he progresses through the regular-season. He's worth a late-round gamble on draft day. Thursday, 11:34 am
  • Varejao no longer thinking about his Achilles
    Anderson Varejao said that he's no longer thinking about his Achilles when running.

    Advice: Varejao said he got some good advice from Chauncey Billups and Jonas Jerebko on what goes into the recovery process when returning from an Achilles injury, and he's on track to be ready for when the regular-season kicks off. However, the Cavs will more than likely try and keep Varejao's minutes down this season so he's healthy for a deep playoff run, meaning it'll be tough for him to attain any value in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Myles Turner has some knee soreness
    Myles Turner is dealing with some knee soreness at training camp.

    Advice: He slid to 11 in the draft because several teams were a little worried about his durability. While this isn't a real injury, it is something to keep an eye on. Turner is going to get minutes, has a high ceiling as a fantasy asset, and could bust out in his first season. Wednesday, 1:06 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin believes he is a good fit
    Kevin Seraphin said that the Knicks love his ability to score in the post.

    Advice: "They like my ability to score in the post,’’ Seraphin said. "In the triangle, you need that. The way I play though, we need guys that compete every night. I’m not a big club guy, I’m a pretty easy to endure. I’m cool and chill. That’s what we need. If I do everything I ‘m supposed to do, I’m going to get my chance. That was the deal. They told me there’s room for me.’’ Serpaphin will likely be in the rotation, but his minutes could be limited while Robin Lopez, Kyle O'Quinn and Kristaps Porzingis are healthy. Seraphin is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 7:11 am
  • Kings don't know who's starting with Cousins
    The Kings aren't sure who will start up front next to big man DeMarcus Cousins this season.

    Advice: Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos are all possibilities for George Karl, while we currently have Koufos penciled in to start at center. And obviously, if Gay plays power forward, Cousins would be at center in that scenario. Either way, Cousins looks like a Top 6 pick this season, while Cauley-Stein is one of the more intriguing big rookies that will be available later in fantasy drafts. "We have different looks, we have different types of big men," Cousins said. "Willie’s a young athletic big man. We’ve go Kosta who’s a banger and I’m my specific kind of big man. I think we have different looks. I think it’s going to be good in the end." Tuesday, 6:03 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) feeling better at camp
    Taj Gibson (ankle) said that he's feeling much better at this year's training camp after playing through pain for much of the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: "You play with a torn ligament and you just get accustomed to playing hurt," said Gibson. Gibson will again be playing in a very crowded rotation this season, featuring Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic, so it'll be tough for him to find enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:58 pm
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