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  • Sixers coach impressed with Christian Wood
    Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he's been impressed with Christian Wood.

    Advice: Wood has a ways to go before he sees consistent minutes, but he's been able to impress his head coach thus far. "If you look at where he was projected to go prior to the season, he fell out toward the end of the year for whatever reason," Brown said. "They had projected him to be quite a high draft pick. I look at him and I see a bouncy, young athlete that can shoot. I think you have to look at something like that." Wood isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues, but he's a player worth keeping an eye on. Today, 8:28 am
  • Carmelo Anthony excited to play with Grant
    Carmelo Anthony said he's excited to play with rookie Jerian Grant.

    Advice: Melo said Grant "plays at his own pace" and he is excited for when the two are on the floor together. Anthony has been hot during the preseason and looks fully healthy headed into the 2015-16 regular season. As long as he can stay healthy, Mel should have no problem returning second round fantasy value. Today, 8:09 am
  • Dwight Howard not rushing things
    Dwight Howard (back) said he's not going to rush his return as he deals with back tightness.

    Advice: Howard said he is having no problems with either of his knees, but is dealing with back tightness. "The most important thing is the season," Howard said. "There is no need to rush. It [getting rid of the back tightness] is just getting back into everything, doing a lot of running, moving. The first game, I came out with a lot of energy, trying to block shots, rebound, run the floor. It takes time for your body to get adjusted to it." Howard is set to miss the regular season opener due to a suspension, but Clint Capela would be in line for more minutes if Howard is forced to miss any games due to his back. Today, 7:28 am
  • James Harden takes analytics w/ grain of salt
    James Harden (knee) said he believes in advanced stats, but thinks they can go overboard sometimes.

    Advice: Though he said he thinks there is value to advanced stats, Harden said he doesn't think about those numbers while he's playing. "That’s too much," he said. "I don’t need to be thinking about none of that. I just need to go out there and play my game and attack." Harden's knee injury isn't thought to be serious and he should be ready to provide top-5 fantasy value starting on opening night. Today, 7:22 am
  • Tyler Zeller still hoping for extension
    Tyler Zeller is still hoping he and the Celtics can agree to a contract extension.

    Advice: Zeller has until October 31 to sign an extension that will keep him from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season, but isn't sweating the deadline. "I’ve heard that," said Zeller. "Look, it’s one of those things that, would it be great to get one? Yeah. But at the same time, you know, I’ve got one more year on my contract. I love playing, and I’m just going to try to do whatever I can to play as well as I can. Whether I’ve got one year left or six years left, I’m just going to keep playing hard." Zeller has some value in deeper fantasy leagues, but is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and will struggle to provide consistent value in standard leauges. Today, 6:29 am
  • Josh McRoberts not playing on Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (knee) will not play on Tuesday against the Magic.

    Advice: He has general minor knee soreness and it is not serious. McRoberts also sat out on Monday, so the Heat want to be careful after he suffered a season-ending knee injury last year. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Meyers Leonard scores 19 points in full line
    Meyers Leonard was terrific on Monday during an 88-81 win over the Jazz, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: This should definitely have the attention of all fantasy owners. Leonard looks like the No. 3 option in the offense and he's running a lot of pick-and-pop and stretching the floor around the arc. Leonard is also doing a good job on the glass and is blocking a few more shots. He's more than a last-round pick now and is worth a look near 100 in standard drafts. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu has another nice effort
    Al-Farouq Aminu made 4-of-11 from the field and 7-of-9 from the line for 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Who is this guy? Aminu has attempted nine or more free throws in a game just twice in his five-year career and he's close to doubling his career usage rate in this preseason. Aminu is pulling away from the competition for the starting small forward job and he's firmly on the radar as a late-round pick now. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores 11 in 20 minutes
    Moe Harkless returned from a concussion on Monday, scoring 11 points with two rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He's actually looked good and the Blazers are using him a ton while he's out there. Harkless has a 26.5 usage rate and an effective field goal percentage of 63.9 in the preseason, which is very uncharacteristic. Al-Farouq Aminu looks like the real deal, so it's hard to target Harkless. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire not traveling
    Amare Stoudemire (knee) will not play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said he expects Stoudemire to get out there later this week. Stoudemire being on the injury report for a knee injury is a little worrisome, but it shouldn't affect his status in the regular season. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Derrick Favors has off offensive night
    Derrick Favors made just 2-of-11 from the field and 5-of-10 from the line for nine points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Those are some ugly shooting numbers, but he filled it up elsewhere. Favors has a little extra life in his legs and was very active on both ends. While lots of his teammates get more attention, don't be surprised to see Favors explode this year as a target in the fifth or sixth round. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica tears it up again
    Nemanja Bjelica scored 12 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes during his start against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: He's been really good. Bjelica had a 94.5 true shooting percentage before this game and he's been able to rack up the stats. He should be in the rotation and he's on the radar in all leagues for his upside as the 2015-16 version of Nikola Mirotic. Although, he's not worth drafting in standard leagues yet. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 21 points in 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins made two 3-pointers on his way to 21 points against the Raptors on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's 3-of-4 from downtown in the preseason, so that's nice to see after making just 31.0 percent last year. If Wiggins can consistently knock down treys, it would really help his fantasy value. Still, he's likely going to be overdrafted in re-draft leagues because people get caught up in scoring. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Terrence Ross hurts his ankle
    Terrence Ross has a sore ankle and will be reevaluated on Tuesday.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity or even which ankle it is yet. Ross had surgery on his left ankle, so hopefully it isn't related. His fantasy value is lower than ever with DeMarre Carroll around. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 18 in 22 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony stayed hot on Monday against the 76ers during a 94-88 win, scoring 18 points with one rebound, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He's one of the best players of the preseason and is absolutely on fire on his mid-range shots. Anthony has a little more room to operate with some improved players around him, so he could have a big year. Plus, the Knicks are less likely to shut him down. He's worth a look at the end of the second round or even a little earlier. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Christian Wood double-doubles
    Christian Wood double-doubled against the Knicks on Monday, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one block, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Not bad for a guy who wasn't signed until September after being undrafted. Wood is kind of a freak with his 7'3" wingspan and the 76ers could definitely use the depth. Considering how thin the 76ers are, we might see Wood have fantasy value at some point. He's not worth drafting yet. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • James Harden (knee) says he feels 'real good'
    James Harden (knee) said he feels "real good" about his Sunday knee injury.

    Advice: He did some shooting drills and there is no reason to worry here at all. Harden should be ready to roll as soon as this weekend and fantasy owners shouldn't adjust his outlook. He's sitting at No. 3 in our Draft Guide rankings for standard leagues. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out on Monday night
    Josh McRoberts (rest) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: The Heat get the Spurs tonight and the Magic tomorrow. McRoberts should be a go against one of his former teams. He may have some low-end value in deep leagues. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire getting rest again
    Amare Stoudemire will not play on Monday due to rest.

    Advice: The Heat play again on Tuesday, so Stoudemire should be able to suit up for that one. His old pick-and-roll buddy Goran Dragic could help him on the offensive side, but STAT still isn't worth drafting. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Dwight Howard not practicing
    Dwight Howard (rest) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: The Rockets are really managing his minutes in the preseason after his injury-plagued 2014-15. Howard should be healthy for the opener, but he's not a great target in standard leagues. If he needs to miss time at any point, the team would look to Clint Capela, who looked good on Sunday. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • James Harden (knee) not practicing Monday
    James Harden (knee) did not practice on Monday and is not expected to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday. Harden had knee-to-knee contact to the side of his knee, walked around for a minute, and went to the bench. There is no word of the team giving him further evaluation and it didn't look too bad, so this shouldn't affect his outlook during the season. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Moe Harkless questionable to play Monday
    Moe Harkless (concussion) is probable for Monday's preseason game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Harkless has one final test to pass in the concussion protocol in order to play, and even if he does, Harkless is expected to be limited to right around 20 minutes. An intriguing late-round flier because of Portland's roster, Harkless is a name to stash in the back of your mind as you prepare for your draft. Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Bargnani (hamstring) does half of practice
    Andrea Bargnani (left hamstring) went through half of Monday's practice.

    Advice: It's not clear what half of practice Bargnani participated in, but at least half of practice is better than no practice at all. After calling the injury minor over a week ago, Bargs still can't get back on the floor in full. Let someone else deal with this constant headache. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Carmelo Anthony in line for fewer minutes?
    Carmelo Anthony could be in line for fewer minutes this season.

    Advice: "I think so far Carmelo’s been a willing participant in the conversation and we’ll have it again as the season starts," Coach Derek Fisher said. Considering he's coming off of knee surgery and averaged nearly 36 minutes per game last season, Melo could be looking at right around 33-36 this season. It shouldn't be a significant enough decrease to impact his overall production. Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • No update on James Harden's (knee) condition
    Kevin McHale did not have a new update on James Harden's right knee contusion following Sunday's preseason loss against the Magic.

    Advice: Nobody seemed overly concerned and Harden "did not seem to have difficulty walking," but that's not really a sign of anything tangible considering what The Beard has played through in the past. Although Harden said "it's not really that serious," we'll be awaiting medical updates to learn more about Harden's status. Expect the Rockets to exercise extreme caution with their franchise superstar. Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Carmelo Anthony spent nearly five months off
    Carmelo Anthony (knee surgery) spent nearly five months off after his procedure.

    Advice: I wasn't even allowed to go near the court," Anthony said. "They had a no-Melo-on-the-court sign on the door. They had a picture of me with an X on there. I didn't pick up a basketball until the end of July."Considering how much time Melo had off, his preseason play becomes that much more impressive. Through two games, Anthony has shot 18-for-25 for 38 points over a 45 total minutes. Anthony and the Knicks still haven't discussed back-to-back sets or the plan for when New York plays three games in four nights, but all signs have been positive thus far. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Harden leaves game w/ right knee contusion
    James Harden went down with a right knee contusion during Sunday's preseason game vs. the Magic, and he will not return.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but with plenty of time to rest up before the regular season, we're not very concerned about what is essentially a bruised knee. To further lessen any concern, Harden dealt with a left knee contusion last season, but it didn't cause him to miss any game-time action. He was going bonkers before the injury, tallying 12 points, three 3-pointers, four assists, two steals, one rebound, one block and two turnovers in just 13 minutes of action, and he'll be a popular target with the No. 3 overall selection on draft day. Sunday, 6:19 pm
  • Mo Harkless (concussion) probably for Monday
    Moe Harkless (concussion) is being listed as probable for Monday's preseason game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Harkless will look to get his career back on track in Portland after falling out of the rotation in Orlando, and he's worth a late-round flier in deep leagues for his upside in the steals category. Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • Bargnani, Robinson held out of practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Chris McCullough (knee) and Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets don't play again until Wednesday, so it's not a surprise to see them continue to be cautious with their players. Bargnani and Robinson are considered day-to-day, and both players will be competing for limited minutes off the bench behind Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young. Sunday, 10:03 am
  • Dwight Howard (rest) will not play Sunday
    Dwight Howard (rest) will not play vs. the Magic on Sunday.

    Advice: There is no reason to be concerned as Howard is simply getting another night off. He was held out of practice on Friday because of his back, but the Rockets are probably just being cautious with the season less than a few weeks away. Howard does have some durability issues and his free throw percentage will severely limit his value in standard leagues, so he will be a risky pick in the middle rounds. Expect a reduced workload for Howard this season. Sunday, 9:03 am
  • Carmelo Anthony is in last stage of rehab
    Carmelo Anthony said that he is in the last stage of his rehab for his surgically-repaired left knee.

    Advice: Anthony said that he is now in the "power phase" which should be completed by the end of October. "You guys haven’t seen what I’ve been doing with this rehab," Anthony said. "I felt like the rhythm has come earlier than expected. I’m just applying that to basketball, getting back into being physical out on the court and in practice, trying to be as physical as possible. Getting that pop, pushing off the leg, at first I didn’t think I’d get it back this soon." Anthony's value is slowly trending up and he has looked terrific in the preseason so far. Sunday, 6:51 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu getting a bump in usage
    Al-Farouq Aminu made 5-of-12 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, two blocks, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a different Aminu than what we're used to. In fact, he has a 22.6 usage rate in his 55 minutes this preseason, which is way up from his 15.1 last year. His arrow is pointing up in his first year with the Blazers and is worth drafting in standard leagues. Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica scores 11 in nice line
    Nemanja Bjelica scored 11 points on 3-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: That's a wonderful line in 17 minutes. Even though it's the preseason, Bjelica looks to be more NBA ready than anticipated and should have the inside track as the fourth big on the roster -- that's counting a minute-restricted Kevin Garnett ahead of him. Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is not close to a return, so Bjelica is worth a look in 16-team leagues for now. He could climb a little higher, too. Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire (rest) misses practice
    Amare Stoudemire (rest) was held out of Saturday's practice for the second straight day.

    Advice: If preseason is any indication, Stoudemire's role is going to be very limited in an effort to keep him fresh for the playoffs and he should get plenty of rest days as well. Stoudemire should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 9:36 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Saturday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play vs. the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: Bargnani has been sidelined for nearly a week and the Nets are obviously going to be cautious with him considering his lengthy injury history. Bargnani is way too unreliable to trust in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 8:38 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 points
    Derrick Favors (groin) scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was outplayed at times by Markieff Morris, but at least he looked healthy in his 26 minutes. Favors had a nice flow on the offensive side and figures to have more success in his age-23 season. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Melo looks good with 10-of-15 FGs vs. Wizards
    Carmelo Anthony hit 10-of-15 shots (including a three) in Friday's preseason win over the Wizards, finishing with 21 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Anthony looked fairly sharp and though his explosion will consistently trend down for the rest of his career, he looked like a reasonable facsimile of past versions and that should alleviate some concerns that his injury would be a major setback. Yes, he will carry risk but every outing like this should nudge his stock up a little bit. Friday, 6:32 pm
  • Derrick Favors will play on Friday
    Derrick Favors (groin) will play on Friday night against the Suns.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and will get to go up against Markieff Morris in what should be a faster paced game. Favors is a solid target in the middle rounds. Friday, 5:40 pm
  • Derrick Favors goes through shootaround
    Derrick Favors (groin) went through shootaround on Friday and is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: It's a good sign to see he's doing some on-court work from his sore right groin and he should be ready in the near future. Favors doesn't have a track record of groin injuries and there's no reason to think this will be a major lingering issue. Friday, 1:27 pm
  • Moe Harkless doesn't practice Friday
    Moe Harkless (concussion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: He missed Thursday's game due to a concussion and is likely in the protocol. Harkless had a nice debut with 14 points on Oct. 6 and he should be in the rotation once he's over his concussion. He's only worth a look in very deep leagues, though. Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Dwight Howard (back) missed practice
    Dwight Howard (back) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: There's no word on the severity of his back injury, but it shouldn't keep him out for long. Howard will not play in the opener due to a suspension and the number of injuries last season make him even riskier to take in fantasy drafts. Friday, 12:43 pm
  • Wiggins to get more scoring in isolation?
    Coach Sam Mitchell said he wants to see Andrew Wiggins score more without the team running plays for him.

    Advice: He was somewhat effective as an isolation scorer last year, posting a 0.85 points per play last year (60th percentile). The big thing his fantasy owners will be hoping for is more production from 3-point range. Wiggins is a mid-round target and tends to be over-drafted. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice again on Friday.

    Advice: Bargnani is one of the most injury-prone players in the league and is expected to come off the bench in Brooklyn, so there is no reason to look his way in most fantasy formats. Bargnani has now been on the shelf for five straight days. Friday, 11:11 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (rest) sits out of practice
    Amare Stoudemire (rest) sat out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: The Heat will be very cautious with the veteran this season in order to keep him fresh for a playoff run, so expect him to have plenty of maintenance days. The 32-year-old veteran is not a reliable fantasy option. Friday, 10:21 am
  • Zeller not stressing about contract talks
    Tyler Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday that he isn't stressed about his contract situation.

    Advice: "No stress," Zeller said. "I got one more year in my contract. I know I'm going to be here anyway. It's not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I'm just going to go out and play my game. It's great if I get [a contract extension] and it's great if I don't. Next summer I'm going to be a restricted free agent and it's kind of an open market and we'll see what happens." The two sides have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement, so the talks will likely continue to drag on. The Celtics are loaded with frontcourt depth, so Zeller likely isn't going to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. Friday, 8:45 am
  • Howard reveals he had torn meniscus and MCL
    In an interview on SportsRadio 610, Dwight Howard revealed that he played through a torn meniscus and MCL in his right knee against the Warriors in the playoffs last season.

    Advice: The Rockets called it a sprain at the time, but you have to give him credit for fighting through the injury considering it occurred in Game 1 of the series. Howard has had some durability concerns over the past few years, and it doesn't help that he will be turning 30 years old this season. Howard will kill your free throw percentage and it's never fun to draft a player with knee issues, so he will be a very risky pick in the middle rounds. The good news is that he has appeared to be 100 percent in training camp, and the injuries weren't serious enough for him to have surgery. Friday, 6:48 am
  • Moe Harkless (concussion) out Thursday
    Moe Harkless (concussion) will not suit up for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This is the first we’re hearing of a concussion for Harkless, but none-the-less, he will need to go through the league mandated concussion-protocol testing before he can return to the court. Harkless completely fell out of the rotation in Orlando, but perhaps a change of scenery and limited competition for playing time in Portland can help him get his career back on track. Thursday, 3:54 pm
  • Harden worked on conditioning and preparation
    James Harden spent the offseason working on better conditioning and being better prepared.

    Advice: "It was so frustrating, because in that Game 5 I turned the ball over 12 times. I pride myself on creating opportunities to score for my team," Harden said. The only knock on The Beard's fantasy game is his inclination to turn the ball over—a result of his insanely high usage—and Harden will be looking to cut down on the career-high 4.0 he averaged last season. Thursday, 3:44 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. Thursday, 12:35 pm
  • James Harden OK after offseason ankle sprain
    James Harden sprained his ankle "pretty badly" this summer, according to Kevin McHale, but he's healthy and showed no signs of injury while scoring 19 points on Wednesday.

    Advice: Harden made 6-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in just 20 minutes, adding two 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in a thoroughly dominant performance vs. the Mavericks. His desire to find a rhythm after rehabbing his ankle this summer explains why he suited up for back-to-back exhibitions, and it's safe to say that the MVP candidate is in fine form. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica confident in preseason debut
    Nemanja Bjelica scored 11 points in 21 minutes off the bench vs. OKC, making 4-of-5 shots with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: It was a promising debut for the 27-year-old rookie, who had a very impressive EuroBasket tournament this summer. The Wolves intend to plug him straight into their rotation and adventurous owners should view him as a potential lotto ticket in the final rounds. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony drops 17 points in 20 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony looked terrific vs. Bauru Basket on Wednesday, scoring 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Melo did his damage in only 20 minutes and the quality of the Bauru defense must be considered, but the bottom line is that he looked healthy and fluid all night. Injuries limited him to 40 games played last year, but he's healthy now and is just one year removed from a top-10 fantasy performance. Don't let him fall too far. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Howard, Lawson and Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard, Ty Lawson and Trevor Ariza are all healthy scratches for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Additonally, James Harden is still undecided if he will play. The Rockets just played a game on Tuesday, so it's not a surprise to see them hold out their key players in a back-to-back set. All signs point to Howard being 100 percent on opening night, but his durability concerns and terrible free throw shooting will make him a risky mid-round pick. Wednesday, 3:27 pm
  • Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee to start?
    Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee are expected to start for the Blazers this season according to the Oregonian.

    Advice: Leonard will provide plenty of floor spacing and Plumlee is a solid rim protector, so this makes a lot of sense for the Blazers. Leonard rolled his right ankle in Monday's preseason game, but he is expected to fine and finished with 14 points, eight boards, one 3-pointer and one block in 24 minutes. If Leonard is named the starter heading into the season, he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round selection. If this report comes to fruition, Noah Vonleh and Ed Davis lose some appeal, but they should still have decent roles on the rebuilding Blazers. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • 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
  • Meyers Leonard says right ankle is fine
    Meyers Leonard said that his right ankle is fine, and he was not at all limited during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Leonard briefly left Monday's preseason game vs. the Kings after landing awkwardly on DeMarcus Cousins' foot, but he played through it and finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, one 3-pointer and a block through 24 minutes of action. He'll be fine, and if he can win the starting power forward position in Portland, he'll make for a quality late-round target on draft day. Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore groin) out Tuesday
    Derrick Favors (sore right groin) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: It is the norm for teams to be extremely cautious with their starters during preseason action, and given that Favors doesn't have a history of dealing with groin injuries, we wouldn't read much into his absence from Tuesday night's game. Favors benefited from playing next to Rudy Gobert last season, compiling averages of 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.7 blocks per game after the All-Star break, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 1:35 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
  • Moe Harkless impresses in preseasonopener
    Moe Harkless impressed Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts in the team's preseason opener on Monday.

    Advice: Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals as the Blazers lost to the Kings on Monday. "I thought [Harkless] shot the ball with confidence," Stotts said. "He ran the court. He defended well. I was glad to get him on the block a couple times offensively." Harkless is more of a deep league fantasy target at the moment, but he could play his way into becoming a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to earn more minutes. Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • Harkless plays 24 minutes off the bench
    Moe Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 2-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Harkless' name has been brought up enough by the folks in Portland, whether that's media or the team itself, that we'll be watching him no matter how disappointing he's been in the past. He'll need about 30 mpg to move into standard league discussion so right now he's firmly in deep league territory only. Monday, 10:05 pm
  • Meyers Leonard leaves game with ankle injury
    Meyers Leonard left Monday's preseason opener with a right ankle injury in the second quarter and returned in the second half.

    Advice: Leonard landed on DeMarcus Cousins' foot following a jumper and walked off the court under his own power. He finished with 14 points, eight boards and a block in a very sloppy game, so we need to see more before upping his outlook. Monday, 8:35 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
  • Aminu will not play in preseason opener
    Al-Farouq Aminu will not play in Monday's preseason opener due to the birth of his child.

    Advice: Aminu is going to get a crack at serious minutes and from there he'll have to answer the call for fantasy owners. He's a good target in the late rounds. Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony will not ask for a trade now
    Carmelo Anthony offered an emphatic "hell no" when prompted if he would consider asking for a trade this season.

    Advice: "I already came this far," Anthony said. Melo added that he's bought into Phil Jackson's vision, but that won't stop the rumors from churning once the Knicks begin to struggle this season. The cycle of (NBA) life as a superstar. Monday, 10:37 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. Oct 5, 7:57 am
  • Celtics, Zeller to continue extension talks
    Tyler Zeller and the Celtics are expected to continue talks about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: Although there is nothing imminent, both the Celtics and Zeller have expressed a desire to get an extension done. While a desire is nice, it won't much matter if Zeller's agent and the Celtics don't view the big man in the same light. Oct 5, 7:17 am
  • Fisher hints Melo, Calderon, Lopez will start
    Derek Fisher recently hinted that Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon and Robin Lopez will start.

    Advice: This was the expectation for many, and it leaves both the shooting guard and power forward spots wide open as the Knicks progress through the preseason. It won't surprise us when rookie Jerian Grant takes over for the aging Calderon, but it appears the Knicks will take a more traditional approach to begin Derek Fisher's second season at the helm. Oct 5, 6:11 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. Oct 4, 11:06 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 16 pts w/ nine boards
    Derrick Favors was solid during Utah's preseason win over Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring 16 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine boards, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors will again be one of the go-to-guys on offense for Utah this season, and at just 24 years old, there's no reason why he can't take another step in his development. Through 74 games last season Favors compiled averages of 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Oct 4, 10:05 pm
  • Dwight Howard OK with preseason back-to-back
    Dwight Howard wouldn't mind playing in back-to-back preseason games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Advice: "Why wouldn’t I?," Howard said. "I’m healthy so I want to play. It’s a long season. We got to get our bodies back into condition of playing basketball." Kevin McHale said that he'll rest some players on Wednesday and it wouldn't be surprising if Dwight is among the DNP-CDs, but all signs point to him being 100 percent on opening night. Oct 4, 1:11 pm
  • Anthony says he has 4-5 good years left
    Carmelo Anthony said that he can play at a high level for another four or five years.

    Advice: "If I was a guy who kind of played above the rim and played at a fast pace and just running and jumping -- that was my game, very athletic -- then I’d probably be sitting here singing a different tune," Anthony said. "But the way that I play, the way that I know how to pace myself, the way I know how to pick my spots out on the basketball court, I’m not a guy who’s playing above the rim every play so it works in my favor." Anthony's knee has reportedly held up well during training camp, and he could increase his fantasy stock with some strong performances in the preseason. Oct 4, 6:43 am
  • Terrence Ross says his ankle is doing well
    Terrence Ross implied that his ankle is doing much better now.

    Advice: "I used to have this weird clicking in my ankle. I don't have that any more," Ross said. "When I wake up, it doesn't hurt, it doesn't ache." Ross had surgery to remove some bone spurs and loose bodies from his ankle back in May, and head coach Dwane Casey cited that as one of the reasons why he struggled so much last season. Ross will look to bounce back this season, but his playing time is set to decline with DeMarre Carroll in town, meaning he should only be considered in deeper leagues. Oct 3, 7:34 am
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