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  • Cavaliers expected to waive Dahntay Jones
    The Cavaliers are expected to waive Dahntay Jones.

    Advice: This means that DeAndre Liggins will make the 15-man roster. Jones wouldn't have been in the rotation anyways, especially after J.R. Smith finally re-signed. 54 minutes ago
  • KCP likely heading for restricted free agency
    Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press expects Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to hit restricted free agency next summer.

    Advice: The Pistons have until Oct. 31 to reach an extension with KCP and the Pistons have made it clear that he's in their long-term plans, but they can maintain a little more financial flexibility by waiting to pay him until next summer. The Pistons will be able to match any offer for KCP as a RFA, and coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't expect it to be a distraction this season. KCP will have a massive role as the starting SG this season and is a nice late-round pick for owners targeting steals and treys. Today, 8:09 am
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Today, 7:41 am
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Today, 6:29 am
  • Pat Beverley (knee) re-evaluated in 3 weeks
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will be re-evaluated in three weeks following his Tuesday surgery.

    Advice: He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to the procedure. Based on that timetable following the procedure, Beverley will miss between 14-21 games. It'll be James Harden and his preseason-high 10.7 assists per game running the point with Eric Gordon also getting a major bump. Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to get extension?
    The Pistons are aiming to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to an extension.

    Advice: He is eligible to get his extension until Oct. 31, and if a deal isn't reached he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Coach Stan Van Gundy said it's just a matter of money on the extension. Caldwell-Pope ranked fourth in minutes per game last year at 36.7, but he's likely to see a dip on that front. If you need a shooting guard late, give him a look. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Stephen Curry admits Warriors still adjusting
    Stephen Curry admitted that the Warriors are still adjusting to playing with Kevin Durant.

    Advice: "We’re continuing to build chemistry and flow of where shots are going to come from and everybody [is learning] the little nuances of our offense," Curry said. "Like when to cut, when to come off the dribble and when to screen for somebody, just based on where you are on the court. Those aren’t set play calls; it’s just organized chaos." Despite Golden State still working out the kinks, we're confident this group will be ready to roll when the regular season begins this week. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) uncertain for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad contusion) is questionable for opening night.

    Advice: It's a wait-and-see approach with the veteran shooting guard, who just needs to see how the injury responds before assessing it further. If he's unable to get out there for the opener, Rodney McGruder would likely be in the rotation with Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Report: Rockets cut ties with G/F PJ Hairston
    The Rockets have reportedly waived G/F P.J. Hairston.

    Advice: Hairston was a long shot to make the team and failed to make any kind of meaningful impression in training camp or during the preseason. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Grizzlies waive F JaKarr Sampson on Saturday
    Grizzlies waive F JaKarr Sampson.

    Advice: Sampson was just signed on Friday, but it's likely that was done so Memphis could have his D-League rights. Given his athleticism and ability to defend, it's possible Sampson winds up elsewhere before opening night. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
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  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Report: Beverley (knee surgery) out 4-6 weeks
    Patrick Beverley (left knee surgery) is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks, a source told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: Beverley is expected to undergo the procedure on Tuesday. This timetable aligns much more with what Mike D'Antoni had previously said regarding his expectation that Beverley would miss about 20 games, so it sounds like the three-week timetable to return that was previously reported was a bit optimistic. In Beverley's absence, Eric Gordon is expected to get the majority of minutes alongside James Harden, but we should see some of Pablo Prigioni and possibly K.J. McDaniels, as well. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Damjan Rudez makes Orlando's final roster
    Damjan Rudez has made Orlando's final roster.

    Advice: Rudez has a good shot when it's on, but we haven't seen much else from him during his NBA tenure to date. He's not expected to be in Frank Vogel's rotation. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
  • Bucks waive Orlando Johnson at final cuts
    Bucks waive G Orlando Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson was never expected to make the final roster. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Magic waive G Nick Johnson at final cuts
    Magic waive G Nick Johnson.

    Advice: You may not have even known he was on the team. Yesterday, 11:57 am
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  • ESPN confirms MIA not looking to trade Dragic
    Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed that the Heat aren't looking to trade Goran Dragic, but did hint that their stance could change.

    Advice: If the Heat get off to a rough start with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade no longer around, they may be willing to listen to offers for Dragic if they want to start rebuilding. For now, coach Erik Spoelstra has informed Dragic that he's in Miami's plans moving forward and his status as a mid-round pick in standard leagues was solidified by a strong preseason. Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Steph Curry scores 35 points in 28 minutes
    Stephen Curry scored 35 points in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yeah, we get it. The Warriors are just too good. Curry's preseason scoring rate wasn't hurt too much this preseason, averaging 19.7 points, 4.0 boards, 3.9 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.4 treys in just 24.2 minutes. He's still a decent bet to be fantasy's top player. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Jared Dudley gets 29 minutes
    Jared Dudley scored 11 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: His minutes should be in the upper 20s to start the year while the Suns groom their two top-10 picks at power forward. If you want a little boost early in the season, Dudley could definitely be a top-150 player in the first two months of the season. Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 19.6 points per game
    Devin Booker made 5-of-17 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The shots will be there for Booker, but he had some major issues from the field after the break last year. Booker had a monster 34-point game to buoy his preseason five-game run to 19.6 points per game and help him get to 45.5 percent from the field. He appears to be penciled in to minutes in the 30-34 range and his assists should jump up to the 3-4 range. The upside is massive for the game's best teenager right now, but he will cost you a ton to leave little equity on top. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Pat Beverley (knee scope) out 3 weeks
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will undergo a minor surgical scope on his left knee early next week.

    Advice: He is expected to miss three weeks, which is a slightly better prognosis than what coach Mike D'Antoni said with Beverley possibly missing 20 games. The Rockets are going to lean more on Eric Gordon and James Harden to take on most of their guard minutes while Pablo Prigioni, K.J. McDaniels and Tyler Ennis could fill in the gaps. Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Goran Dragic finishes up a strong preseason
    Goran Dragic scored 17 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and three turnovers on on Friday.

    Advice: It was a strong preseason for Dragic, averaging 13.5 points, 3.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 treys on 55.2 percent from the field in 25.6 minutes. There are a lot of shots to go around with high-usage Dwyane Wade in Chicago, so Dragic has upside as a top-50 pick. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Pat Beverley expected to miss 20 games
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said Pat Beverley (knee) is expected to miss about 20 games.

    Advice: The timetable is about the same whether he waits it out or has surgery, so we still don't know the treatment plan. Whatever the case, if he misses 20 games, that puts his target date at Dec. 5 against the Celtics -- he could miss fewer than that, though. James Harden is going to get the starting job and play massive minutes. After that, it looks like Tyler Ennis is next in line. Eric Gordon is also locked in for minutes at SG with Harden at the point. Friday, 7:51 pm
  • Wayne Ellington suffers quad contusion
    Wayne Ellington suffered a right quad contusion on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said the bruise is decent and said he won't do much in the next few days. Ellington started tonight and has been a bit of a place holder for Josh Richardson (knee). He looks like he has a decent chance to make the team, but he's not a lock for minutes once Richardson is good to go. Friday, 5:48 pm
  • Goran Dragic back for Friday
    Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside will play on Friday.

    Advice: Dragic got the night off on Thursday to get some rest. The Heat have most of their guys back for this game, but coach Erik Spoelsta did say the Heat key guys will play "a few minutes." Friday, 3:27 pm
  • JaKarr Sampson signs with Memphis
    Grizzlies sign F JaKarr Sampson.

    Advice: The Nuggets have too much depth right now for Sampson to make the roster, but that's not the case in Memphis. Sampson saw 18.0 minutes per game for the depleted Nuggets after the break last year and was coming around as a scorer. He's still only emergency depth on Memphis. Friday, 2:25 pm
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  • Goran Dragic (rest) out Thursday vs. Hornets
    Goran Dragic (rest) will sit out Thursday's preseason game against the Hornets.

    Advice: It's the first game of a back-to-back set, so it's not surprising at all to see Erik Spoelstra dish out a rest day to the 30-year-old veteran. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (blood clots) no longer in Miami, Dragic should easily be able to put up top-60 value as one of Miami's primary offensive weapons. Thursday, 2:37 pm
  • Steph Curry pours in 32 points w/ full line
    The Warriors beat the Lakers 123-112 on Wednesday, led by Steph Curry's 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting with six 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Steph shot 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line in a prime example of the Warriors' stat-happy attack -- Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all filled up the boxscore despite playing no more than 32 minutes. Sure, this came against a Lakers team which ranked dead-last in defensive efficiency last year, but it doesn't negate the fact that Steph is a truly elite fantasy option in any format. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Patrick Beverley out through preseason
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play in the preseason.

    Advice: He may need surgery on his knee and could miss time in the regular season regardless of the treatment plan. There's always a lot of buzz around a Mike D'Antoni point guard, but it turns out that guy may be James Harden. With Beverley out, Eric Gordon benefits the most. Wednesday, 11:31 am
  • Patrick Beverley may need surgery on knee
    Patrick Beverley may need surgery on his left knee according to ESPN.

    Advice: Wow. He's missed the last four games with "knee irritation," and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni hinted last week that he's not expecting him to be ready for the regular season. Beverley will undergo further evaluations this week before a final determination is made, but this takes him off the standard-league radar until we know more. Eric Gordon gets a bump with this news and should start next to James Harden. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 17 in return
    Goran Dragic returned from a day of rest on Tuesday to hit 8-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and a block.

    Advice: He's locked and loaded as the Heat's No. 1 point guard and is now also one of their better offensive weapons. He should be poised for a big season as long as he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 7:25 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Report: MIA not interested in trading Dragic
    The Heat are reportedly uninterested in trading away Goran Dragic.

    Advice: An earlier report indicated that the Kings and Heat had discussed a potential trade that would send Dragic to Sacramento in exchange for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison, but sources of the Miami Herald say that Pat Riley wants to get a sense of what he has and how Dragic can work with the new-look Heat before considering any trade scenarios. If anything does happen on the trade front in Miami, it's unlikely we see any movement until December. Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Patrick Beverley likely to miss season opener
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) is likely to miss the season opener.

    Advice: Beverley is trying to work his way back from irritation in his left knee, and head coach Mike D'Antoni isn't counting on him for the opener. "We'll know more by the end of the week," D'Antoni said. "I'm not counting on [Beverley returning by the season opener]. Can't count on that." Beverley could lose his starting SG job to Eric Gordon by the time he returns, and isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • Caldwell-Pope scores 23 w/ six treys
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, six treys and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: There he is. In his four previous games, KCP was in a dreadful shooting slump, hitting just 2-of-16 from deep while averaging 8.0 points per game. He’s prone to shooting slumps, but KCP should be a steady source of treys and steals as the starting SG in Detroit and Stan Van Gundy likes to give him a heavy workload -- he averaged 36.7 minutes per game last season. He’s usually available in the later rounds. Monday, 6:55 pm
  • Devin Booker (ankle) back at practice
    Devin Booker (ankle) went through Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: His ankle injury was never really a concern. Booker is still leading the NBA in scoring per game and it looks like the Suns will play him over 30 minutes as the starting shooting guard. He's also likely to get a handful of minutes at small forward due to his added post game and interior passing. Booker is a breakout pick, but he is going to cost you. Monday, 12:54 pm
  • Goran Dragic (rest) will not play on Saturday
    Goran Dragic (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Dragic is dealing with a minor knee ailment, so the Heat won't take any chances. He is currently undervalued in fantasy drafts and makes for a prime time bounce-back candidate. Even if he has burned you in the past, do not be shy in targeting him. Life after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh is going to be all about Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. Oct 15, 2:58 pm
  • Goran Dragic reiterates he's happy with Heat
    Goran Dragic recently reiterated that he's happy to be with the Heat.

    Advice: Some of his recent words were twisted to provide the perception that he was unhappy in Miami, but that is not at all the case. "I do not have any comments about not wanting to be here," he said. "That is nonsense. I'm happy here. This is the team that I want to be a part of. And I feel great. I feel comfortable. We are building something here that is totally new, but I have a lot of confidence that we’re going to succeed, because we have a lot of young talent that is working hard. I feel awesome." Oct 15, 2:07 pm
  • Nuggets waive Sampson and Toupane
    The Nuggets have waived JaKarr Sampson, Axel Toupane and D.J. Kennedy.

    Advice: Their roster is now down to 17, meaning they still need to waive two more guys. Sampson has improved a ton since his Philly days and should draw some interest around the league. Oct 15, 9:30 am
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  • Stephen Curry scores 22 points in OT win
    Stephen Curry turned in his best game of the preseason on Friday, scoring 22 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: There hasn't been any reason to worry about Curry since the first preseason game. In his last three, he's averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 boards, 4.7 dimes, 2.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.3 treys in just 25.3 minutes per game. Curry is very unlikely to match his 30.1 points and 34.2 minutes per game from last year, but that's fine for a guy who had one of the most legendary fantasy seasons of all time. Oct 14, 9:15 pm
  • Tony Allen is still out
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are likely going to hold him out for a little while longer. Given his injury history, there's little reason to draft The Grindfather almost anywhere. Oct 14, 3:37 pm
  • Devin Booker will not play on Friday
    Devin Booker (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Mavs.

    Advice: It's too bad for one of the most exciting teenagers in the NBA. Booker actually leads the NBA in preseason scoring per game thanks to his impressive 34-point gem from last weekend. The Suns seem to be ready to unleash him as a scorer, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy as well as fellow sophomore D'Angelo Russell. Booker is an upside pick in the middle rounds. Oct 14, 2:20 pm
  • Patrick Beverley could miss a week or two
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) could miss a week or two according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: The season starts in less than two weeks, so this report means that Beverley's status for the opener is up in the air. Beverley was expected to start next to Harden this season, but Eric Gordon has looked great in the preseason and could steal the job. Beverley is still not practicing with the team. Oct 14, 10:19 am
  • Patrick Beverley (sore knee) out Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: He still isn't practicing and the Rockets haven't provided a timetable. A report on Thursday indicated that Beverley is "feeling better," but we won't have any more clarity for a couple more days. Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful, so James Harden and Eric Gordon could be busy. Oct 14, 9:53 am
  • Devin Booker (ankle) questionable Friday
    Devin Booker (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He is dealing with a right ankle sprain that held him out of Thursday's practice. The Suns will be cautious during the preseason, so he's probably a little closer to doubtful. Booker leads the NBA in scoring during the preseason with averages of 21.5 points in just 25.2 minutes per game, adding 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals. He's 19 years old. Expect the Suns to get a long look at Archie Goodwin if Booker sits. Oct 14, 8:05 am
  • Patrick Beverley (sore knee) 'feeling better'
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) is reportedly "feeling better" and his status will be clarified later this week.

    Advice: Bev didn't travel overseas with the Rockets and the severity of his injury is unclear, but it doesn't sound too serious. His upside is limited as a point guard who shoots a low percentage, doesn't get many assists, and has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Oct 12, 10:00 pm
  • Jared Dudley (right knee) logs 15 minutes
    Jared Dudley (right knee tendinitis) finished Wednesday's preseason game with two points, three boards, three assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: The veteran played 15 minutes and the knee tendinitis that bothered him last week seems like a non-factor. He's worth a look in 16-team drafts. Oct 12, 9:21 pm
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