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  • Alonzo Gee (personal) to play Friday
    Alonzo Gee (personal) will play in Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gee's role off the bench is going to be very limited while the Pelicans are at full strength, so he isn't worth drafting in almost any league. 39 minutes ago
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Friday
    Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) will play vs. the Hawks on Friday as expected.

    Advice: Evans returned to practice on Monday and is simply dealing with a bruise, so there is no reason to be concerned. Evans will run the point a ton in the Pelicans up-tempo offense since Jrue Holiday will be on a minutes limit, so he is poised for a big season. 43 minutes ago
  • C.J. McCollum will handle backup PG duties
    In addition to the minutes C.J. McCollum will receive at shooting guard, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he will run the point when Damian Lillard sits as well.

    Advice: We like this move a lot and it's clear that the Blazers have big plans for McCollum this season. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 25-7 on Thursday when McCollum was running the point, and he finished the game with 19 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. "It's a comfortable role for me, and one that I can thrive in, I just have to take some time to get more reps at it at the NBA level,'' McCollum said. He has the potential to be a stud this season, so don't hesitate to draft him. Today, 9:18 am
  • Skiles praises Victor Oladipo's defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Victor Oladipo "can be an All-Defensive Team-type player."

    Advice: "He's a good player," Skiles said. "He can be an All-Defensive Team-type player on that side of the ball. And I was going to say, 'If he wants to,' but I don't even need to finish the sentence about it. He's a very eager defender. He's a really good learner, and he's got a lot of enthusiasm for the game." Skiles emphasizes defense more than anything, so Oladipo will play a prominent role this season and is a solid option in the early rounds. Today, 8:58 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Friday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) will not play in Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Afflalo has been on the sidelines for a week and the Knicks are going to continue to bring him along slowly. Despite some reports that the starting shooting guard spot is wide open, we still expect Afflalo to open the season as the starter over players like Sasha Vujacic and Langston Galloway. For now, Afflalo is simply a late-round option. Today, 7:58 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty
    Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all three charges on Friday.

    Advice: This is great news for Sefolosha and the Hawks in general, but it sounds like he will now open a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha is the favorite to start at small forward this season once he is healthy after recovering from right ankle surgery, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well and owners outside of deeper leagues can ignore him. Sefolosha will not join up with the Hawks in time for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. Today, 7:21 am
  • Kevin Martin will accept his role off bench
    Kevin Martin implied that he will accept his role off the bench behind Zach LaVine.

    Advice: "At the end of the day, I’m a low-maintenance kind of guy, so they know what they’re getting in me," Martin said. "I came off the bench for a 60-win team and I started 10 years in this league, so whatever it is they know they’re going to get a pretty damn good basketball player. That’s where it is right now." The Wolves are clearly prioritizing the development of their young studs, so it's not too surprising to see LaVine get the nod in the first unit. Martin should still have a solid role off the bench, but there is no reason to target him before the later rounds. Today, 6:58 am
  • Jared Cunningham impresses David Blatt
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was impressed by Jared Cunningham on Thursday.

    Advice: "I thought without question Jared sort of separated himself tonight,"Blatt said on Thursday. "He was exceptional. That's what the opportunities are for, you know. You get a chance, you grab it and he made good use of it." Cunningham went off against the 76ers with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, and it's possible that he could earn the final roster spot for the Cavaliers if he keeps it up. To be clear, Cunningham still isn't on the fantasy radar. Today, 6:33 am
  • Stauskas (tibia) could be out two more weeks
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) could be out for another two weeks.

    Advice: Stauskas was hoping to participate in a preseason game, but this report doesn't bode well for his chances. This timetable would mean that Stauskas could be ready in time for the season opener, but don't expect the 76ers to play him if he is less than 100 percent. This certainly hurts his momentum leading up to fantasy drafts, so he is basically just a late-round flier for now. Today, 6:26 am
  • C.J. McCollum gets a lot of run at PG
    C.J. McCollum made 7-of-13 from the field for 19 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during a 118-101 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Blazers really used him at point guard a lot tonight and even Damian Lillard was more of a shooting guard next to McCollum. The team also ran a lot of pick-and-roll with McCollum and they clearly have confidence in him growing into a go-to scorer and playmaker this year. He's a good bet to break out this year. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Allen Crabbe explodes for 25 points
    Allen Crabbe was hot on Thursday against the Warriors, scoring 25 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made his first five shots and finished making 9-of-12 from the field. Crabbe was outstanding at Summer League before suffering an ugly ankle injury and he has the inside track to make the team. He could get even more minutes if Gerald Henderson (hip) is not ready. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 30 points in 26 minutes
    Stephen Curry scored 30 points in just 26 minutes on Thursday, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers on 6-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He was 12-of-15 from the line to give him a usage rate of 36.1 usage rate. Obviously Curry is going to rack up the scoring numbers again this year and is the consensus No. 2 pick in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson starts at point guard
    Jordan Clarkson got the start at point guard on Thursday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The team gave D'Angelo Russell (glute) the night off to give Clarkson more minutes at the one. Even though he won't have the ball in his hands as much as he did after the break last year, he's still worth a flier in the later rounds of drafts. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Kawhi scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Kings on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great, especially in the isolation game on offense. Leonard figures to be highly involved in the offense even with their new additions. He's a strong target in the middle of the first round after he turned in No. 4 value after the break last year. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Reggie Jackson struggles in his start
    Reggie Jackson (Achilles) struggled in a start against the Nets on Thursday, making 3-of-10 from the field for seven points with three rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and six turnovers.

    Advice: He had a sore Achilles and missed some practice this week. Jackson is going to run the offense this year and he should run a ton of pick-and-rolls as the floor general -- nobody ran more PNR than RJ after the break last year. He's someone to think about in drafts after the early-round PGs come off the board. Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Jared Cunningham goes off with 31 points
    Jared Cunningham exploded against the 76ers with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line.

    Advice: He attacked the basket and had a nice jam in traffic. Cunningham is going to have a tough time making the team, but maybe this game will get the attention of the 76ers if he's released. Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Victor Oladipo looks good again
    Victor Oladipo had another great game on Thursday during a 97-92 loss to the Pacers, scoring 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's still not getting minutes at point guard, but that's fine. Oladipo flourished after the break last season and he could have another leap forward in his third year. Fantasy owners will want to target him in the early rounds. Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Tony Wroten (knee) at least a month away
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Tony Wroten (right knee) is "every bit of a month away, minimum" from making a return to the court.

    Advice: That timeline would guarantee that Wroten would miss at least the first few weeks of the regular-season, and there just haven't been many positive reports on Wroten who is returning from an ACL tear. Given that players tend to take at least a year to fully regain their form after suffering a major knee injury, we'd recommend steering clear of Wroten on draft day. Yesterday, 3:58 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. Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • Evan Fournier will start at SF on Thursday
    Evan Fournier will start at small forward for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucavic will join Fournier in the starting unit for Thursday's game. Channing Frye started Orlando's first preseason game, but he'll be resting tonight as the Magic are on their second game of a back-to-back set, giving Fournier the opportunity to run with the starters. However, Frye is by no means a lock to open up the regular-season as the starter, so it'll be interesting to see what Fournier can do tonight given the opportunity. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Smith, James, Mozgov will not play Thursday
    J.R. Smith (rest), LeBron James (rest) and Timofey Mozgov (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Early preseason games + a matchup with the 76ers = rest days for starters. Move along, nothing to see here. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Monta Ellis will start at point guard vs. ORL
    With George Hill (sprained right ankle) sidelined, head coach Frank Vogel will start Monta Ellis at point guard for Thursday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Glenn Robinson III, C.J. Miles, Paul George, and Ian Mahinmi will join Ellis in the starting lineup for tonight's game, and we could get an extended look at Joseph Young, who has played phenomenally throughout the preseason thus far. The ball may not move as well with Ellis running the point, so it'll be interesting to see how long Vogel goes with this lineup. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Webster dealing with significant pain in hip
    Martell Webster is dealing with significant pain in his strained hip, and this is the type of injury that could linger into the regular-season.

    Advice: Not good. Webster really struggled to stay healthy last season, suiting up for just 32 games to go with averages of 3.3 points and not much else through 10.9 minutes of floor time. It will be tough for Webster to consistently get into the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's really no reason to draft him in any league. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Dudley (back) participates in contact drills
    Jared Dudley (back) participated in some contact drills for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley has not had any setbacks in his recovery from offseason back surgery, and he's on track to be a full participant during next week's practices. He'll likely be ready when the regular-season tips, but playing in a reserve role in Washington will make him a non-option in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Jarrett Jack (rest) will not play on Thursday
    Jarrett Jack (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Joe Johnson (rest), Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Markel Brown (oblique), Sergey Karasev (knee), Willie Reed (quad) and Thomas Robinson (wrist) will join Jack on the sidelines for Thursday's meaningless game, so Lionel Hollins will get a good look at his reserve players in this one. Jack will likely be the starting point guard for the Nets this season, and is worth a late-round flier after averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a starter last season. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Evan Turner (knee) will not play Thursday
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against Real Madrid.

    Advice: Turner had a nice run with the Celtics last season, averaging 9.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 2.4 turnovers per game although his below-average shooting from the field (42.9 percent) and lack of a 3-point shot (0.4 three-pointers per game) really limited his upside. He'll have some increased competition for playing time this season with Jae Crowder eating into his minutes, so he's not a great guy to target in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Arron Affalo doesn't practice on Thursday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Afflalo continues to take it slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, but doesn't look to be in danger of missing any regular season action. As long as he can stay healthy this season, Afflalo will be the Knicks' No. 2 option on offense and is worth a late-round flier despite his lack of defensive numbers. Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson will play Thursday night
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will play against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson's injury wasn't considered serious, but it's nice to see that news manifest itself with him being on the court Thursday. The Pistons starting point guard will likely have his minutes limited during the preseason, but his injury shouldn't linger into the regular season and he continues to be a mid-round target in standard league fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts says meditation helps
    Chris Douglas-Roberts said daily meditation helps him deal with the stress of playing in the NBA.

    Advice: While Douglas-Roberts isn't guaranteed to make the Pelicans final roster, the veteran swingman said meditation has helped him push any worries aside. ''I've seen everything you can see in this league,'' Douglas-Roberts said. ''I don't feel any NBA pressure like I used to feel. But I'm different now. I go back to the hotel meditate and read. You know Zen Master stuff." Even if CDR hooks on with the Pelicans, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a spot in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • HC says Kevin Martin off bench is best
    Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell said having Kevin Martin come off the bench is best for the team.

    Advice: While Mitchell acknowledge Martin may not like it, he stressed that the veteran needs to accept his new sixth man role for the betterment of the team. "It’s not necessarily about earning, it’s about where you are as an organization and where you’re trying to go," Mitchell said. "I’m not saying Kevin has to accept it with a smile on his face, but it’s just where we are as an organization." Martin will still see enough minutes to provide value in standard fantasy leagues, so losing his starting job to Zach LaVine shouldn't knock him off draft boards. Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) hits four 3s in 24 min
    Brandon Knight (left ankle surgery) started Wednesday's exhibition and posted 16 points, four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in only 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns expressed their confidence in Knight by signing him to a five-year, $70 million deal this summer, establishing a fearsome backcourt with Eric Bledsoe also locked up for five years. Knight was on pace for a terrific season in 2014-15 prior to his injury, averaging 17.0 points, 2.0 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. Wednesday, 10:23 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
  • Evan Fournier scores team-high 18 points
    Evan Fournier returned from a sprained ankle to finish Wednesday's exhibition victory with a team-high 18 points, three 3-pointers, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Fournier made 5-of-11 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs in only 24 minutes of action, and it's safe to conclude that his ankle wasn't bothering him. The bad news is that he's stuck behind Victor Oladipo on the depth chart, consigning him to the standard-league waiver wire as long as 'Dipo is healthy. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • J.R. Smith lights up Hawks in starting role
    J.R. Smith cruised to 15 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists in only 22 minutes as a starter for the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith also had one steal and two blocks with one turnover in a would-be fantasy gem. Iman Shumpert (right wrist surgery) is expected to miss at least three months, leaving Smith with a huge opportunity to begin the season. He fit perfectly into the Cavs' rotation last season and shouldn't miss a beat in 2015-16, making him an under-appreciated source of points, 3-pointers and steals, with a handful of assists. Wednesday, 6:44 pm
  • J.R. Smith dealing with pain in hamstring
    J.R. Smith is dealing with some pain in his left hamstring, but he is expected to play in Wednesday's preseason game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Smith suffered the injury a few days ago, and is reportedly walking with a slight limp. However, if he plays in Wednesday's meaningless game, it'll be a pretty clear indication that there's nothing to worry about. He was a third-round guy after the break last season, but has been sliding in drafts, so he could make for a late-round steal on draft day. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Evan Turner (knee) probable for Thursday
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is listed as probable for Thursday's preseason game vs. Real Madrid.

    Advice: Turner had a solid 2014-15 season for the Celtics with averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 boards and 1.0 steal per game, but his role is set to decline due to the emergence of Jae Crowder. The Celtics are one of the deepest teams in the Eastern Conference and Turner's ceiling isn't great in standard leagues, so he is not a recommended fantasy target. Wednesday, 12:36 pm
  • Webster (strained hip) misses practice
    Martell Webster (strained hip) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Webster also sat out of Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers. Webster is hoping to carve out a role in the rotation and there has been some talk that he could be used as a stretch four, but this injury won't help. Webster can be ignored in almost all leagues for now. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) continues to progress
    Jared Dudley (back) was able to do "a little" contact at practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Dudley is recovering from offseason back surgery and is hoping to resume full contact practices on Oct. 13. It sounds like there is a legitimate chance that he will be ready for the start of the season, but he won't be a factor in fantasy leagues as he will likely have a limited role off the bench. Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (Achilles) practices Wednesday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) practiced on Wednesday, and he could play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Jackson's injury isn't considered serious, but expect the Pistons to move forward with caution during the preseason. As the unquestioned starter in Detroit, Jackson is poised for an excellent season and it will look to prove his worth after inking a five-year, $80 million contract this summer. If Jackson is unable to play on Thursday, expect Spencer Dinwiddie to get some additional minutes. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) will play Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) will play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Miami, as expected.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles said that he's excited to see how he can use Fournier in the rotation, so we'll let you know how he fares after Wednesday's game. It's possible he finds himself in a sixth man role with Orlando this season, and if he can see consistent playing time in the mid-20s, he could certainly emerge as an asset in deep leagues. Wednesday, 10:06 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 12 for Lakers
    Jordan Clarkson started at shooting guard and hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss.

    Advice: Clarkson played pretty well tonight and should be a decent grab in the later rounds of your fantasy draft. Lou Williams and Nick Young could cut into his run some this season, but Clarkson looks like the favorite to start this year for the Lakers. Wednesday, 12:40 am
  • Monta Ellis scores 10 in Pacers win
    Monta Ellis hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and one assist in 21 minutes in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: With George Hill exiting with a right ankle injury, we were expecting a little more from Ellis, but he's going to score a lot of points for the Pacers this season, regardless of who else is healthy in Indy. Rodney Stuckey was highly disappointing with one point in 17 minutes, but would stand to see a boost if Hill's ankle injury keeps him out of the preseason. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Jackson, Jennings, other Pistons out Tuesday
    Reggie Jackson (achilles), Brandon Jennings (achilles), Adonis Thomas (achilles), Steve Blake (brain injury), Aron Baynes (ankle) and Danny Granger (very old) are all sitting for the Pistons in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: With Jackson, Jennings and Blake out, Spencer Dinwiddie is starting at point guard, while Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson will back him up. Yes, that Stanley Johnson is going to play some point guard tonight. Tuesday, 4:52 pm
  • Martell Webster (strained hip) out Tuesday
    Martell Webster (strained hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but given that Webster doesn't have a history of dealing with hip injuries, we wouldn't read too much into his absence from a preseason game against the 76ers. Webster struggled to get into the rotation last year, but perhaps he's granted some additional playing time with Paul Pierce now in Los Angeles. Still, he's not someone to target in standard leagues. Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Kevin Martin to come off the bench in MIN
    Kevin Martin will come off the bench in Minnesota under interim head coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: Mitchell named Zach LaVine the team's starting two-guard on Tuesday, so the flip side of that is that Martin will transition to a sixth man role for the Wolves. Health has been a major issue for Martin throughout his career, so perhaps transitioning to a bench role (and thus seeing fewer minutes per game) will help him stay healthy. Despite a decrease in his workload, Martin should be able to see minutes to turn out standard league value, so he'll make for a decent late-round gamble on draft day for those willing to assume the risk. Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Knicks preseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks have made it very clear that they will bring along Afflalo very slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, and there's a good chance he misses more than a few preseason games. That being said, Afflalo should be fine for the regular-season, and he'll likely be New York's No. 2 option on offense. Afflalo's lack of contributions on the defensive end limit his upside, but he's worth a late-round gamble given the opportunity he'll see with the Knicks this season. Tuesday, 11:42 am
  • Arron Afflalo misses practice on Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out his fourth consecutive practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: While the Knicks are bringing Afflalo along slowly, his status for opening night doesn't seem to be in doubt at this point. The 29-year-old should see big minutes for the Knicks this season, but his fantasy upside is limited due to his lack of defensive stats. Tuesday, 10:47 am
  • Evan Fournier expected to play Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) is expected to play against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he expects to have Fournier available for Wednesday's preseason game, so it sounds like the 22-year-old is ready to put his ankle injury behind him. While Fournier is a solid target in deeper fantasy leagues, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a draft pick in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's coming off the bench. Tuesday, 9:14 am
  • Reggie Jackson receives clean MRI
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) received clean results on his MRI from Monday.

    Advice: While this is great news as Jackson isn't dealing with anything more serious, the Pistons are likely to play it safe with their $80 million man. We'll keep Jackson's status updated throughout the preseason, but he becomes a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts until we have more clarity on the exact nature of his injury. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still sidelined, Spencer Dindwiddie is in line to see big preseason minutes while Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy gives Jackson a few days to rest. Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Allen Crabbe hoping to earn more minutes
    Allen Crabbe (ankle) said he's feeling better and is focused on earning more minutes in the Trail Blazers rotation.

    Advice: With Al-Farouq Aminu out expecting the birth of his first child, Crabbe started at small forward for the Trail Blazers in the team's preseason opener. "It’s just about me being confident, being aggressive on the floor," said Crabbe. "If I’m just locked-in defensively and offensively, knocking down shots and doing what the team is asking me to do, I’m going to be fine." Crabbe is more of a fringe fantasy player at the moment, but he could be worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts if he's able to play his way into the Blazers rotation. Tuesday, 8:34 am
  • Evan Turner set to miss first preseason game
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is expected to miss Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Turner will be evaluated before the game, but it's likely the Celtics will play it safe with the 26-year-old. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Turner's injury "doesn't sound overly serious", but it's likely he'll miss at least one preseason game. Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder will pick up some extra preseason minutes in Turner's place. Tuesday, 8:11 am
  • Steph Curry fouls out of preseason opener
    Stephen Curry fouled out of the Warriors' 95-87 preseason win against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Curry fouled out in 19 minutes of action and that was the only remotely interesting nugget from the Warriors' side of the box. Monday, 10:27 pm
  • McCollum hits just 2-of-11 shots on Monday
    C.J. McCollum pressed throughout Monday night's exhibition loss to the Kings, hitting just 2-of-11 shots for five points, zero rebounds, four assists, one steal and one trey in 25 minutes.

    Advice: McCollum played like a guy trying to prove he was worth all the hype, came up empty, and it wasn't hard to see something like this coming. He's going to get all sorts of usage and the question from there is how much he can cash in on it. Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Stauskas says he'll be ready for opener
    Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) said he'll be ready for the start of the regular season and "probably even the end of the preseason."

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that he loses a chance to get momentum before the games count and before fantasy drafts. With a fantasy stat set that's questionable, a lot of tape on the books from Sacramento that isn't great, and now this injury -- he's a flier pick in the late rounds at best. Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) returns to scrimmages
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) scrimmaged without limitations on Monday.

    Advice: He practiced fully on Sunday and should be ready for Wednesday's exhibition. Orlando has too much depth to rely on Fournier in standard leagues, especially since he doesn't contribute many rebounds (2.6), assists (2.1) or steals (0.7) from the SG spot. Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha's trial begins in Manhattan
    Thabo Sefolosha was at a Manhattan criminal court on Monday, where jury selection took place in his trial to contest charges of resisting arrest.

    Advice: Opening statements will follow on Tuesday and the result of the case could determine whether he'll face any punitive measures from the NBA. Sefolosha is still recovering from right ankle surgery, leaving him questionable for opening night, but once healthy he should start at SF ahead of Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) iffy for Wednesday
    The Knicks will bring back Arron Afflalo (hamstring) "very slowly," according to associate coach Kurt Rambis.

    Advice: "He’ll have to pass strength tests, agility tests before he gets to practice," Rambis said. Afflalo has missed three days of practice and he's questionable for Wednesday's exhibition, costing him precious time to learn the triangle offense. Afflalo's lack of defensive stats limits his upside as a late-round pick. Monday, 1:44 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) has MRI Monday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will have a precautionary MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Although worrisome, the key word is 'precautionary'. Jackson was limited at practice and it sounds very unlikely that he'll play on Tuesday, no matter what the test reveals. With Brandon Jennings still rehabbing from Achilles surgery, the last thing Detroit can afford is for Jackson, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal this summer, to aggravate a minor injury. Check back later in the day for the MRI results. Monday, 12:38 pm
  • Stauskas diagnosed with tibia stress reaction
    Nik Stauskas has been diagnosed with a right tibia stress reaction, and he will miss at least two weeks.

    Advice: Sorry, 76ers fans. This is the same injury that has hampered both Bradley Beal and Jrue Holiday in the past, and those guys each dealt with its recurrence at least once in the recovery process. Coach Brett Brown said the Sixers will bring Stauskas along "slowly," meaning he'll almost certainly be limited to begin the year. Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant could see more time with Stauskas sidelined. Monday, 10:16 am
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) still sidelined on Monday
    Nik Stauskas (knee) was still absent from practice on Monday.

    Advice: Stauskas, who sat out Saturday's scrimmage after Brett Brown revealed he had a knee issue, is not on the court to begin the new week. So long as his knee injury doesn't become a lingering concern, Stauskas offers excellent value toward the end of your draft for the role he's poised to enjoy in Philadelphia. After the All-Star break last season, Stauskas shot 42.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. Monday, 10:03 am
  • Afflalo (hamstring) still out of practice
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) was still being held out of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Although the injury is not considered serious, Afflalo was tentatively expected to resume practicing on Monday. If it continues to linger throughout the week, then we'll begin to raise the level of concern. He's 50-50 to play in New York's preseason game on Wednesday. Monday, 9:43 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) practicing on Monday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) returned to practice on Monday and will scrimmage later in the evening.

    Advice: After sitting out on Sunday as a precaution, Evans was right back in the mix on Monday and is fully expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Hawks. Don't confuse preseason concerns with actual injuries. Despite the history of knee issues, Evans is fine and primed for a big season under Alvin Gentry. Monday, 9:40 am
  • Reggie Jackson to do more work in the post?
    Reggie Jackson could wind up spending more time in the post this season.

    Advice: Working with assistant Tim Hardaway on post moves, Jackson wants to take advantage of his size. "You’ve got to find a way to get easy baskets," Jackson said. "I’ve been watching Andre Miller’s tapes. He might not be the fastest guy but he finds ways to maneuver and use his body." At 6'3" and 210 lbs, Jackson finding more creative ways to use his size is music to the ears of fantasy owners. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Report: Knicks starting SG spot wide open
    The Knicks starting shooting guard spot is "wide open," according to the New York Post.

    Advice: The Knicks signed Arron Afflalo in free agency, and it would be downright shocking to see him lose out to Langston Galloway or Sasha Vujacic. Despite the report, we fully expect Afflalo to be in New York's starting lineup when their season opens. Monday, 6:12 am
  • Evan Turner dealing with right knee strain
    Evan Turner (right knee strain is uncertain to play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Turner is expected to be reevaluated before the contest, and a decision about his availability will likely be made at that point. Considering where we are in the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out of the lineup. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley could pick up a couple extra minutes in the Celtics' first preseason game if Turner sits out. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) is making progress
    Evan Fournier (ankle) is reportedly close to making a return.

    Advice: He was able to get in a full practice on Sunday according to head coach Scott Skiles, and Fournier is optimistic about playing in Wednesday's game because his ankle is responding well. Fournier will have to earn his minutes in a crowded wing rotation, so he is only on the radar in deeper formats. Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Victor Oladipo gets hype train out of station
    Victor Oladipo was wonderful in his 2015 preseason debut against the Hornets, making 6-of-8 from the field and all three free throws for 16 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: What a start. He didn't turn the ball over and turned in a magnificent 85.8 true shooting percentage. If you want to nitpick, he didn't get any point-guard minutes tonight, but this was the first preseason game. He's worth reaching for in eight-cat leagues and owners in nine-cat can be aggressive, too. Saturday, 8:18 pm
  • Evan Fournier out on Saturday
    Evan Fournier (ankle) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: The injury isn't serious and coach Scott Sklies said Fournier and Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) would play today in an important game. Fournier could see less minutes due to the team likely looking to improve on his 25th-ranked defensive efficiency. Saturday, 2:23 pm
  • Dallas making some tweaks?
    The Mavs are expected to make some changes in their style of offense this season.

    Advice: The first thing to jump out here is they're likely doing less pick-and-roll. Dallas was first on PNR possessions with the ball handler taking shots -- Monta Ellis is gone. That also could mean they have a faster pace. If Deron Williams gets hurt, their offense could be a complete mess. Saturday, 1:30 pm
  • Alonzo Gee (personal) out for Saturday
    Alonzo Gee (personal) and Quincy Pondexter (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Gee isn't going to have more than a limited role off the bench this season, so his absence won't be a big deal. Ignore him in fantasy leagues. Pondexter isn't expected to return until November. Saturday, 11:01 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) out on Saturday
    Tyreke Evans will not play vs. the Pacers on Saturday due to a knee contusion.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity of the injury, but the Pelicans aren't going to risk his health if he isn't 100 percent. Evans is expected to spend most of his time playing point guard this season because of Jrue Holiday's (leg) limitations, so he is poised for a solid season in the Pelicans' up-tempo offense. Saturday, 10:52 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice Sat
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out for the second consecutive day at Saturday's practice, but he is expected to resume practicing on Monday.

    Advice: Afflalo is simply dealing with some soreness, so the veteran should be fine with a little rest. Afflalo is nothing more than a late-round target after a disappointing 2014-15 season with the Nuggets and Blazers, but he should have a prominent role on the Knicks playing next to Carmelo Anthony. Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Brown: Nik Stauskas has a minor knee issue
    Nik Stauskas didn't scrimmage on Saturday due to a minor knee issue.

    Advice: 76ers head coach Brett Brown said that there is nothing to worry about, so he is probably just dealing with some soreness. Stauskas has an excellent chance to succeed as the starting shooting guard in Philly, and he should fly under the radar because of his forgetful 2014-15 rookie season in Sacramento. We will post an update on his knee once we know more. Saturday, 9:10 am
  • Monta Ellis (back) questionable for Saturday
    Monta Ellis (back) is questionable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back, but it sounds like a minor issue. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the NBA and is as durable as they come, but don't be surprised if the Pacers err on the side of caution since it is just an exhibition. We will have an update later this evening. Saturday, 8:23 am
  • Reggie Jackson is scrimmaging on Saturday
    Reggie Jackson (thigh contusion) is scrimmaging on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson ran into the stanchion on Friday, but it's definitely a good sign that the Pistons are letting him play in a preseason scrimmage. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still on the shelf, the Pistons will rely on Jackson pretty heavily this season. Saturday, 8:17 am
  • C.J. McCollum is the clear favorite to start
    C.J. McCollum has emerged as "the clear favorite" to start at shooting guard this year, according to The Oregonian's Joe Freeman.

    Advice: This is because Gerald Henderson (hip) is not close to 100 percent. Most of the buzz was that McCollum was going to come off the bench to be the go-to guy in the second unit while still getting 23 minutes or so next to Damian Lillard. Whatever the case, you had better be prepared to ante up for C.J. in all leagues. He is one of our top breakout candidates. Friday, 3:12 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) plans to return Oct. 13
    Jared Dudley (back) said that he expects to return to contact practice on Oct. 13.

    Advice: Dudley sat out of practice on Friday, but it was a planned rest day. Dudley had back surgery in July, but he is still hoping to defy the odds and to be ready in time for the season opener. Still, Dudley's role will likely be limited and there is no reason to pay him any attention outside of deeper leagues. Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Reggie Jackson has a thigh contusion
    Reggie Jackson suffered a thigh contusion on Friday after banging into the basketball stanchion.

    Advice: Leg injuries and basketball stanchion are scary, but it sounds like Jackson is going to be OK. He may need a few days off and this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy value more than a pick or two. If he needs an MRI or further evaluation, that would change things. Friday, 11:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson misses Friday's practice
    Reggie Jackson sat out of Friday's practice because he is dealing with a "minor hobble."

    Advice: It's still not clear exactly what kind of injury Jackson is dealing with, but he reportedly suffered a bruise after running into the stanchion. Jackson has been working on his 3-point shot and should see all the minutes he can handle as the starting point guard with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) on the shelf, so he should be a solid pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 10:53 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice
    Arron Afflalo (sore left hamstring) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) were held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Afflalo's injury doesn't sound serious, and the Knicks have no reason to push the veteran in training camp at less than 100 percent. After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Afflalo will look to bounce back and could potentially be the second option on offense behind Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo is still only a late-round target, and we will let you know if the soreness in his hamstring lingers. Friday, 9:01 am
  • Byron Scott praises Jordan Clarkson
    Coach Byron Scott said Jordan Clarkson has a "big-time ceiling."

    Advice: He put it on display down the stretch last year and at Summer League. Clarkson played point guard almost exclusively, but now he'll have to play more shooting guard. He doesn't have a reliable 3-point shot yet, which will go a long way in his success. He's worth a pick in the early late rounds. Thursday, 5:31 pm
  • Monta Ellis leaves practice with stiff back
    Monta Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back.

    Advice: Ellis was seen leaving practice with a trainer and will undergo treatment on his back. While the injury doesn't sound like anything serious, we'll keep a close eye on Ellis as he'll have a big role with the Pacers this season and should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:26 am
  • J.R. Smith happy to be back in Cleveland
    J.R. Smith said he's happy to be back in Cleveland playing for head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: While saying he'd run through a brick wall for Blatt, Smith expounded on his strong feelings for his head coach. "First things first, before we get into basketball, Coach really cares about me as a person," Smith said. "That's one of the first coaches I've had that actually cared about me off the court more than on the court, so it was that much easier for me to play for him and give my all because I know he cares about me as a person. Smith excelled in a bench role for the Cavs last season and is worth late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues for his ability to drain threes. Thursday, 7:24 am
  • Jordan Clarkson plays w/ Lakers' first unit
    Jordan Clarkson played with the Lakers' first unit on Wednesday, joining D'Angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, Brandon Bass and Roy Hibbert.

    Advice: It's the second day of training camp and the starting lineup isn't decided, but Clarkson is an early favorite to start with Kobe earning most of his minutes at small forward. L.A. has substantial depth with Lou Williams and Nick Young also on the roster, but Clarkson is a nice late-round target who could be a steal if he averages 30 minutes per game. Wednesday, 4:50 pm
  • Steph Curry works to improve at the rim
    Stephen Curry worked to improve his explosiveness and strength this summer, with an emphasis on finishing around the rim.

    Advice: The reigning MVP shot 65.6 percent within five feet last season -- for perspective, Russell Westbrook shot 53.3 percent from that distance. Curry also wants to create more space with fewer dribbles and he'll once again be a nightmare for would-be defenders. To own him, you'll need pick No. 1 or 2 in your draft. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha experiences leg pain
    Thabo Sefolosha experienced some leg pain and dialed it back in practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sefolosha said that the pain was part of his rehab and it doesn't sound like he is overly concerned. Sefolosha will be the favorite to start at small forward if he is good to go for the season opener, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. If his leg injury lingers, Kent Bazemore would be in line for more minutes. Wednesday, 10:51 am
  • Blazers exercise options on key young players
    The Blazers exercised their team options on C.J. McCollum, Mason Plumlee and Noah Vonleh on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Blazers lost four out of five starters this summer, and these players all figure to play a role in the upcoming season. McCollum is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets this season and should see plenty of minutes regardless of whether he starts or not. If you are in a competitive league, you will probably have to grab McCollum towards the end of the middle rounds. Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • Harden eyeing catch-and-shoot opportunities
    The Rockets are hoping to get James Harden some more catch-and-shoot opportunities this season.

    Advice: Harden attempted just 22.1 percent of his shots without a dribble last season, but the addition of Ty Lawson should generate some easier looks for him. Harden said that he likes the idea and that it will take a lot of pressure off him to make every single play. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry about his fantasy value slipping too much with Lawson in town, as his efficiency should rise. He is an easy top-3 pick in most formats. Wednesday, 6:52 am
  • Allen Crabbe (ankle) cleared for contact
    Allen Crabbe (ankle) has been fully cleared for contact.

    Advice: Crabbe went down with an ankle injury during Summer League, but he's had more than enough time to recover, and will be 100 percent for the 2015-16 season. He did have a solid showing at Summer League, compiling averages of 15.5 points, 1.5 steals and 1.8 three-pointers per game, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he can earn with the Trail Blazers this season. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) a couple weeks away
    Jared Dudley (back) went through some individual work during the Wizards' first practice on Tuesday, but he has still not been cleared for full contact.

    Advice: Dudley may be ready for the regular season after undergoing back surgery back in July, but as a reserve for the Wizards, he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • Evan Fournier open to extension with Magic
    Evan Fourner (ankle) said he would welcome an extension with the Orlando Magic.

    Advice: Fournier will become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season if he and the Magic don't agree to an extension before the October 31 deadline, but the 22-year-old is hoping it doesn't come to that. "It would be awesome," Fournier said. "But, to be honest, I don't even think about it because that's not in my power. That's not in my hands." Fournier should be healthy to start the regular season despite his current ankle injury, but he won't see enough minutes to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:50 am
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