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  • Ben Simmons plays PG during scrimmage
    Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Terrence Jones can play some five
    Coach Alvin Gentry said Terrence Jones can play minutes at center.

    Advice: This is music to the ears of the TJ backers. He's been very injury prone, but his ability to space the floor and size at 6'9", 252 pounds. Plus, he is an excellent fit next to Anthony Davis. The Pelicans stole him at the minimum and he could have an impact this year. He's a very nice sleeper late in drafts, especially with talk of Davis playing more five. Today, 12:07 pm
  • Report: 76ers think Dario Saric can be a SF
    The 76ers would reportedly like to mold Dario Saric into a small forward.

    Advice: Saric's natural position is power forward, but so is Ben Simmon's, so if Saric wants to earn significant minutes his rookie year he'll need to get comfortable playing on the perimeter. Saric did run with the first unit during Wednesday's scrimmage alongside Ben Simmons, and it's not all that far fetched to think he could earn steady playing time at the three due to his ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Saric has the ability to bring a little bit of everything to the stat sheet, so he makes sense as a late-round gamble. Today, 11:14 am
  • Clint Capela will have to earn minutes
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said he doesn't know if Clint Capela or Nene will start at center.

    Advice: D'Antoni said Nene really fits the Rockets system well. "We play a certain way, and it kind of fits his style for us," D'Antoni said. "He's going to be a playmaker for us from the top of the key. He can do a lot of things." Although, Nene is limited on minutes, so it should be Clint Capela getting the most burn at the five. Today, 11:11 am
  • Alvin Gentry not set on starting Omer Asik
    Alvin Gentry said that he's not set on starting a true center next to Anthony Davis each game this year.

    Advice: With how awful Omer Asik has been during his time in New Orleans, it's not surprising at all to hear Gentry make this sort of statement. Gentry said that he'd consider starting Davis at the five spot for certain matchups, which could result in Terrence Jones earning some extended minutes as the Pelicans' starting PF. Jones is coming off a down-year, but he offers a decent amount of upside and is worth a late-round pick on draft day. The same cannot be said for Asik, who isn't really worth drafting anywhere. Today, 10:05 am
  • Blake Griffin fully recovered from quad issue
    Blake Griffin has fully recovered from the quad issue that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "It just looks like a brand new tendon," Griffin said, after seeing the results with his doctor. "No tendinitis, no anything…The doctor was like, ‘This is probably as healthy as your tendon’s been since high school,’ just because of the nature of how much basketball we have to play." Doc Rivers said that Griffin "looked great" during his first full practice with the team at camp, and Griffin added that he's cleared all the mental hurdles of the recovery process. He's in a contract year and entering his prime at 27 years old, so Griffin could be in for a career-year with the Clippers. Today, 9:59 am
  • Lue wants to keep minutes down for Big Three
    Tryonn Lue said that he wants to keep LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's minutes down this season.

    Advice: Lue added that the number one goal for the Cavs this season will be going into the postseason with a clean bill of health, so don't be surprised to see these guys (particularly LBJ) pick up some random rest days down the stretch once Cleveland has locked up their seeding. While you could still make the argument that James is one of the best basketball players currently residing on this planet, the assured maintenance days make him more of a late-first, early-second round target. Today, 9:41 am
  • McRoberts dealing w/ stress reaction in foot
    Josh McRoberts revealed on Wednesday that he's dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot stemming from a fracture he sustained during Game 6 of Miami's second-round series against Toronto.

    Advice: The Heat have a massive hole to fill at the power forward position with Chris Bosh's (blood clots) tenure in Miami likely reaching its conclusion, but as per usual, the injured McRoberts won't be able to help much. Once he is healthy, he'll be competing for minutes with the likes of Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Udonis Haslem, so it'll be tough for him to see the floor enough to make a difference in standard settings. Today, 9:24 am
  • Joakim Noah (personal) practices on Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (personal) was an active participant during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Noah missed the first day of training camp due to the birth of his daughter, but he's since returned to the team. Noah is 31 years old, has struggled with health throughout his career, and was not productive during his 29 games on the court last year. That being said, the move to New York could be just what the doctor ordered for Noah to reestablish himself as one of the elite centers in the league, so he's someone to consider as a potential late-round gamble. Today, 9:07 am
  • Anthony Davis (knee) under no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1. Today, 7:47 am
  • Luke Walton heaps praise on Julius Randle
    Luke Walton said that Julius Randle was "phenomenal" during the Lakers' first practice of training camp.

    Advice: "Julius was phenomenal," said Walton. "The way he ran the court today was incredible. He was phenomenal from the first drill we did of 3-man weave." Randle should have some increased opportunity operating in Walton's uptempo system, although he'll also have some increased competition for minutes with the offseason additions of Thomas Robinson and Yi Jianlian. Randle won't offer much defensive stats, but his ability to rack up the double-doubles makes him worth a late-round look on draft day. Today, 6:49 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (eye) leaves practice early
    Joffrey Lauvergne exited Tuesday's scrimmage after being poked in the eye.

    Advice: We'll go ahead and throw Lauvergne on the injury report for now, but it would be shocking to see this to turn into an issue that impacts his status for opening night. Lauvergne is going to be fighting for minutes with the likes of Enes Kanter, Domatas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova this season, so it'll be extremely tough for him to earn enough minutes to make a difference in most settings. Today, 6:45 am
  • Noah Vonleh's (thigh) timetable still unclear
    Noah Vonleh (thigh) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

    Advice: He was given an original timetable of about 3-4 weeks on Aug. 31, so this is worrying. "I guess you could say I'm a little behind," Vonleh said. "But I'll catch up quick." He had a bone fragment removed from his right thigh, so the Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back. For now, he's been limited to light running and shooting. He's the fourth PF on the depth chart, so fantasy owners can ignore him. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu expected to start at PF
    Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to start at power forward for the Blazers this season.

    Advice: We've heard this report throughout the summer, but it doesn't hurt to get even more confirmation as training camps begin. Aminu looked great down the stretch last season when he played primarily at the four, so the move can be viewed as a good thing for his fantasy value, especially after the Blazers brought in Evan Turner and re-signed Allen Crabbe. If Aminu can hold off Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh in camp, he should be a standard-league asset after averaging 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers last season. Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Josh McRoberts limited with a foot injury
    Josh McRoberts was limited at the opening day of camp due to a foot injury.

    Advice: The guy just can't seem to stay healthy. The Heat have a huge hole at power forward due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh, but McRoberts isn't off to a great start. For now, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt will compete for minutes at the four, while Justise Winslow should spend some time there as well. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Aldridge intends to step up on defense
    LaMarcus Aldridge said he will need to step up defensively to fill the void left by Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "I think everybody has to take on that burden, it's not just one player's job," Aldridge said Monday. "No one can be Tim Duncan, so that's going to be everyone's job." Thanks to Duncan, the Spurs led the league in defensive rating last year, but luckily for Aldridge he will be have some new help in Pau Gasol. Aldridge only improved as the 2015-16 season progressed with averages of 19.9 points, 8.9 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks after the break, so while his days of being an elite fantasy option ended when he left Portland, it still makes sense to take him in the third round of standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • LeBron says he is chasing Michael Jordan
    LeBron James said his goal is to finish with more rings than Michael Jordan.

    Advice: "It’s a personal goal," James said. "I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal." He's got three titles, but adding a fourth to his name this year will be incredibly difficult with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors. Entering his age-31 season, James is still a safe pick towards the end of the first round in all formats. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Gentry says Anthony Davis could have MVP year
    Alvin Gentry said that if Anthony Davis can put together the type of year that New Orleans anticipates him having, he'll "be in the discussion for MVP."

    Advice: Health is going to be the biggest factor here, but if AD can finally put together a healthy season (and the Pelicans do well as a team), he could certainly put himself in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately through four years in the league, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games, so the injury concerns here are very real. The Brow has in the past had stretches of ranking as fantasy basketball's top option, but injury concerns will have him sliding to the second half of the first round on draft day. Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:59 am
  • Ben Simmons gained 30+ pounds since college
    Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

    Advice: "I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers. Monday, 3:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he grew an inch, up to 250
    Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight. Monday, 12:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin, Chris Paul both 100 percent
    Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) both said on Monday that they are 100 percent.

    Advice: This means the Clippers will open training camp at full strength. Griffin spent most of the summer rehabbing, and while his recovery was abnormally long, hopefully the quad issue is in the rearview mirror. He's entering a contract year and the trade rumors have been buzzing, so his price in fantasy drafts has noticeably dropped. It will be interesting to see how he holds up during the preseason. Monday, 12:35 pm
  • Dario Saric could play some center?
    Dario Saric said he could play some small-ball center and expects to play mostly power forward.

    Advice: That sounds about right. Saric's skill set is more geared to be a power forward, but obviously Ben Simmons will get major burn at that spot. The 76ers could use Simmons as a point guard, so it's still possible Simmons and Saric could get a handful of minutes together. He will have to improve on his shooting, but Saric could have a decent impact in his rookie year. He's more of a last-round flier in standard leagues. We'll obviously be watching him very closely at camp. Monday, 11:07 am
  • Noah (personal) will miss 1st day of camp
    Joakim Noah (personal) will miss the first day of training camp.

    Advice: He was excused from the Knicks' media day on Monday and is expected to join the team on Wednesday. He's tending to a family matter, so hopefully it's nothing serious. Noah will the starting center in New York after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal this summer. Monday, 8:32 am
  • Morey expecting Clint Capela to step up
    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is hoping that Clint Capela can take a "big step forward" this season.

    Advice: "To go from playing 15-20 minutes against often not the starting center to playing 25-plus minutes against front-line guys, that’s a big step forward," Morey said. "It’s more physical. It takes a big toll on your body to do that night-in and night-out." Capela is expected to take over as the starting center in Houston and should see a huge bump in playing time. He averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game last season, but we'd be more excited about him if he wasn't so bad at the line -- he hit just 37.9 of his free throws last season. Sunday, 7:57 am
  • Anthony Davis on track for season opener
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts. Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Strength coach working on Randle's movement
    Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco said Julius Randle has been working "a lot on movement and hip mobility" this summer.

    Advice: "His hips are strong but sometimes tight, so that was a focus," DiFrancesco said. The strength coach added that Randle has been a gym rat this summer with plenty of focus on quickness. Reading between the lines here, it sounds like Randle will play the vast majority of his minutes at power forward under coach Luke Walton. He's only a late-round flier for now. Saturday, 7:04 pm
  • Joakim Noah (shoulder) not facing restriction
    Joakim Noah (shoulder) is not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week.

    Advice: After appearing in just 29 games last season, Noah is fully healed and clearly motivated to silence a lot of critics and doubters. We like the on-paper fit in New York, but the charismatic center has to prove he can stay on the floor and be effective after signing a massive four-year, $72M deal this summer. Saturday, 11:57 am
  • Anthony Davis doing 'virtually' everything
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

    Advice: Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street. Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Asik hoping to bounce back this year
    Omer Asik said he's hoping to bounce back after dealing with back, calf and ankle issues last season.

    Advice: "I just kept playing through things," Asik said. "But injuries just happened over and over. That’s why I tried to focus on getting stronger, so I won’t face those problems again. I worked all summer to get healthy. Right now, I’m feeling great, much better than last year." He was brutal last season to put it nicely, and it's possible he could lose his starting job to Alexis Ajinca. The Pelicans would also be wise to use Anthony Davis at center in smaller lineups, so Asik will need a tremendous camp in order to hold onto his role. Don't draft him. Saturday, 9:10 am
  • Muscle Watch Houston: Capela up 10-12 pounds
    Clint Capela said he's added 10-12 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: He's likely headed for a big bump in minutes as the rim protector on what should be the NBA fastest team. The added size should help him on the low block, especially next to some iffy perimeter defenders. Capela's best monthly average for minutes per game in his career was 23.5 in December, so he's looking at a bit more than he's used to. The 22-year-old big man should be a solid source for blocks and boards, but his awful foul shooting hurts his value in standard leagues. Friday, 12:03 pm
  • Julius Randle has stitches removed
    Julius Randle had all seven stitches removed from his right hand on Monday.

    Advice: He cut his hand on Aug. 29 and is expected to tape his middle and ring fingers together for about a month. The Lakers will start their training camp on Tuesday and start their preseason action on Oct. 4. With coach Luke Walton taking over and possibly wanting more athleticism at the four, Randle could lose some minutes to Larry Nance. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Report: Ben Simmons to see 30-plus minutes
    Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Ben Simmons to play "30-plus" minutes per game this season.

    Advice: The 76ers have a ton of competition at each spot on the roster, but Simmons is the safest bet to lead Philly in minutes played because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions. He will have the ball in his hands a ton and will operate as a "traditional point guard" for stretches of the game, so his impact will be felt right away in DFS and points leagues. With that said, his standard-league value could be held in check by turnovers, a low FG percentage and a lack of a 3-point shot. Sep 19, 7:23 am
  • Porzingis says he loves Noah's intensity
    Kristaps Porzingis said that he loves Joakim Noah's intensity.

    Advice: "That’s the type of guy that we want on our team," Porzingis said of Noah. "He brings that good energy. He brings that spirit, you know? So from the first opportunity that we got to talk, I fell in love with [his intensity]." Porzingis also added that Noah is in great shape, so it sounds like he will hit the ground running in camp after recovering from left shoulder surgery. Noah isn't very durable and is 31 years old, so he should be available at a discount this season. Sep 18, 10:29 am
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