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  • Ian Mahinmi out for Friday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee soreness) will not practice on Friday after banging his knee earlier this week.

    Advice: The Wizards used some sort of electric stimulation on Mahinmi's knee before Friday's practice. He had lots of back and knee problems last year and has been hurt quite a bit in his career. For now, consider Mahinmi day-to-day. He's not worth drafting in almost any league. Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Yi Jianlian will back the backup center?
    Yi Jianlian has been working as the backup center for the Lakers.

    Advice: Interesting. The Lakers certainly could use the space on offense, but we'll see how the Chairman fares on the defensive end. Coach Luke Walton may wind up giving Julius Randle more minutes at the five than Jianlian, so fantasy owners shouldn't be looking to pick up Yi in most leagues. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • SVG: Boban is 'unstoppable down low'
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Boban Marjanovic is "unstoppable down low."

    Advice: Sounds about right. Van Gundy added Marjanovic has to work on his defense, but he's really impressed at his skill level. Boban's per-minute numbers jump off the page with his 22.1 total rebound rate, a 22.9 usage rate and a 66.2 true shooting percentage. He's also a much better shooter than Andre Drummond, making 76.3 percent from the line in San Antonio last year. As much as we all love Boban, he's still not a fantasy target in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Serge Ibaka sitting out with knee soreness
    Serge Ibaka missed practice on Friday due to routine knee soreness.

    Advice: Coach Frank Vogel clarified it's not an injury and it's just managing a veteran. Ibaka had minor knee surgery back in March, so this is all just precautionary. The day off on Friday shouldn't be viewed as a negative to his fantasy value. On the other hand, his blocks per game have dipped in each of his last four seasons and he's had a drop in scoring in each of his last two. A new role could help him, so he's a fine target in the third or fourth round. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic says he'll get 'full minutes'
    Jusuf Nurkic said he will play "full minutes" this season.

    Advice: He is highly motivated and came into camp in fantastic shape. Even coach Mike Malone said Nurkic has been "amazing" this summer and said he's mentally in "a great place." The Nuggets are talking about playing Nurkic next to Nikola Jokic at times, so Nurkic could find himself getting minutes in the low 20s right away. Based on his per-minute output and how he should improve on close-range shots, that's enough to grab him near 100 in standard drafts. Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Darrell Arthur limited in practice on Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are hopeful he'll be close to 100 percent in a couple weeks. Arthur had a knee scope earlier this month, which is somewhat concerning given his injury history. With all the depth on the Nuggets, expect Arthur to be eased back in over the next month. Yesterday, 11:18 am
  • Whiteside (knee) expected to practice on Sat
    Hassan Whiteside (sore left knee) is expected to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: As expected, the knee issue isn't serious. "It's just sore today," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It's a sore left knee. It's more about being smart on the fourth day of camp. I anticipate he should be going [Saturday]." Whiteside was also optimistic, saying that he was just being "careful." This isn't the same knee that bothered him in the postseason. We'll have an update on Saturday afternoon. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Salah Mejri (knee) limited at camp
    Salah Mejri has been limited by his right knee at camp.

    Advice: He had right knee surgery back in June, but the Mavs expect him to return to live action soon. If healthy, Mejri has a decent shot to win the backup center job behind Andrew Bogut, but he's just a blocks specialist for deep-league owners. Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play on Tuesday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play in Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The 76ers held him out of Thursday's scrimmage, but they were simply just managing his workload. Joel Embiid will also play on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see how coach Brett Brown manages his frontcourt rotation. Okafor's outlook isn't very promising unless the 76ers move a big. Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Myles Turner (concussion) is making progress
    Myles Turner has passed his first concussion test, but he won't be cleared to practice just yet.

    Advice: According to coach Nate McMillan, turner still has a "few" more steps to go. Turner isn't expected to play in the preseason opener, but it sounds like his return is right around the corner. Fantasy owners in competitive leagues will have to spend an early-round pick if they want Turner this season. Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (sore knee) misses practice
    Hassan Whiteside sat out of Friday's practice with a sore left knee.

    Advice: Teams are always cautious during the preseason and it's possible that it could just be a maintenance day for the big man. Whiteside is expected to see a bump in minutes this season and is hoping to show off an improved offensive game. He has first-round upside, but it makes sense to wait until the second round because of the small sample size and durability concerns. For what it's worth, this is not the same knee that bothered him during the postseason. Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Popovich speaks highly of Dedmon
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke highly of Dewayne Dedmon.

    Advice: "He’s a Bruce Bowen in a bigger guy’s body," Popovich said. "We want him to play D, rebound, block shots, run the floor and keep things together in that regard. We’re not going to have 14 plays we run for him." It's literally impossible for Dedmon to fill Boban Marjanovic's shoes, and he may not be in the rotation if David Lee plays a lot of center off the bench. Dedmon is not on the fantasy radar. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Bulls to try Taj Gibson at center in camp
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg wants to try some lineups with Taj Gibson at center.

    Advice: Robin Lopez will be the starter, but if Gibson can play some center minutes that will also improve the outlook of both Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Gibson averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game last season, so his upside is pretty low. He's also a trade candidate as he enters the final year of his contract. If Gibson does play some center, Cristiano Felicio will have a hard time earning minutes. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Porzingis' shot has 'improved greatly'
    Kristaps Porzingis' shot has "improved greatly" according to coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: "He’s really feeling confident about the shot," Hornacek said. "His corner 3s seem like they're automatic. The one 3 that he made and the other 3 that he missed that went in and out [in Thursday’s scrimmage], they both were from about 4-5 feet from behind the line. So he’s got the range." The hype train is still moving at full speed and it helps that Hornacek has promised that Porzingis will be used in the post and on the perimeter this season. His price has been set in the early rounds. Yesterday, 6:43 am
  • Paul Millsap 'very, very limited' at camp
    Paul Millsap continues to be "very, very limited" at training camp.

    Advice: He's been limited to free throw shooting so far, but based on his original timetable he should be ready for the season opener. Millsap underwent a preventative knee procedure on September 22, so the Hawks are likely just being very careful with their franchise player. There will be several updates throughout the week, but this shouldn't impact his draft stock too much. Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Hassan Whiteside working on his jumpers
    Hassan Whiteside said he's added more face-up jumpers to his offensive arsenal.

    Advice: He also said he's expected to have the ball more. Whiteside was actually decent on his 16-24 foot jumpers last year, making 43.1 percent of his 51 attempts. He also saw his fantasy value skyrocket after his 75.0 percent from the line post-break. The 27-year-old big man makes sense at the turn of rounds one and two. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (rest) withheld from practice
    Jusuf Nurkic (rest) was withheld from competing in Thursday's practice for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: Malik Beasley (leg) and Jamal Murray also joined Nurkic on the sidelines for precautionary reasons during Thursday's practice. Nurkic is obviously going to be brought along with extreme caution in Denver after spending a majority of the 2015-16 season rehabbing from knee surgery, although he did have a nice showing during the EuroBasket tournament this summer, compiling averages of 19.2 points, 13.5 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game while playing 29.4 minutes a night. He's a high-upside, late-round target. Thursday, 12:38 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. Thursday, 11:57 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. Thursday, 10:31 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. Thursday, 7:51 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. Wednesday, 6:19 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. Wednesday, 10:38 am
  • Bulls haven't decided who will start at PF
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't decided who will start at power forward this season.

    Advice: Hoiberg simply called it an "open competition" and hinted that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will all spend some time with the first unit during the preseason. Mirotic is viewed as the favorite to start because the Bulls will need him to space the floor, but all three bigs should have a role. However, it's worth noting that Gibson will be a trade candidate this season because he is in the final year of a deal that will play him nearly $9 million, a bargain in today's NBA (ask Timofey Mozgov). Tuesday, 6:32 pm
  • Paul Millsap (knee) limited at practice Tues
    Paul Millsap (right knee) was limited to free throw shooting during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Millsap underwent a preventative knee procedure on September 22, although he's expected to be fully up to speed by October 13, so the minor procedure shouldn't impact his status for the regular-season opener. For what it's worth, Mike Muscala did run with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so in the unlikely event that Millsap's absence does extend into the regular-season, it looks like Muscala will be his fill-in. Millsap remains a strong first-round target. Tuesday, 1:30 pm
  • Kupchak says Jianlian has to earn his spot
    Mitch Kupchak said that while Yi Jianlian has NBA size, athleticism and skill, he'll still need to "earn his way" onto the Lakers' team.

    Advice: While Jianlian signed for $8 million, only $250,000 of that contract is guaranteed, so there's still a chance that he could be cut prior to the regular-season opener. Even if he does make the squad, Jianlian won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis improved ball handling
    Kristaps Porzingis said he's feeling more comfortable with his improved ball handling skills.

    Advice: "My ballhandling is better now," said Porzingis. "I just feel comfortable with the ball now. So you’re going to see some new stuff this season. You’re going to see some new stuff and hopefully some more put-back dunks." After a breakout rookie season, the 21-year-old will look to expand his game in 2016-17 and will be a solid early-round pick in standard league fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 6:11 am
  • Serge Ibaka wants to be in Orlando forever
    Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

    Advice: General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Paul Millsap says his knee feels good
    Paul Millsap said his knee "feels good right now."

    Advice: "The decision [to have the procedure] came when there was constant swelling," Millsap said. "I would have swelling and I would rest it for a few days. It would go down but came right back when I got on [the court]." He's been remarkably durable in his career and hasn't missed a game due to knee issues since 2014. Although, he did have some knee issues in 2008-09. Millsap is still someone to target at the first turn of standard drafts. Monday, 2:32 pm
  • Malone hints Nurkic & Jokic can play together
    Coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets "have two young bigs that can play together."

    Advice: In other words, it sounds like he's open to playing Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together. In the last 11 games, Jokic played 12 percent of his minutes next to Nurkic. What's more, that combo had a positive net rating and looked good against bigger teams. While the Nuggets aren't likely to unleash Nurkic due to his injury history, his per-minute output makes him a very intriguing pick in the later rounds after the reliable bigs come off the board. Monday, 10:32 am
  • 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
  • Whiteside feels chemistry is coming w/ Dragic
    Hassan Whiteside is confident that his chemistry with Goran Dragic will continue to improve.

    Advice: "Each game me and Goran got better. He’s easy to talk to. He’s a really good point guard. As the season went on, me and Goran understood each other better," Whiteside said. "[This] year is going to be even bigger. More of me and Goran communicating on that basketball level and getting to know each other better." There is a huge onus on Whiteside and Dragic to step up and lead without Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh in the picture, and those two players will be relied upon to lead Miami's offensive charge for the foreseeable future. Saturday, 2:02 pm
  • 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
  • Paul Millsap (knee procedure) out 3 weeks
    Paul Millsap recently underwent a "preventive knee procedure" and is expected to miss three weeks.

    Advice: Millsap's right knee flared up during some 5-on-5 games at voluntary workouts, and while he didn't need surgery, a procedure was performed to remove "mild swelling." The good news is that he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he will not participate in the first two games of the preseason. His status will be updated in three weeks, but this shouldn't impact his stock too much heading into fantasy drafts. Thursday, 3:27 pm
  • 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
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