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  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has dislocated shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: A dislocated shoulder is much worse than a dislocated finger and it almost certainly will cost him some time. All injuries are different, but Kevin Love needed 4-6 months off while Iman Shumpert needed just one month last year. This will all come down to if he needs surgery or not. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • X-rays negative on Kidd-Gilchrist's shoulder
    X-rays were negative on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) on Saturday and he will not travel with the team.

    Advice: This is good news, but he's not out of the wood yet. Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated on Monday in Charlotte, which likely includes an MRI. The Hornets were really counting on him this year, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Hopefully, his MRI comes back clean. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Channing Frye has a bad start
    Channing Frye missed all five shots from the field for two points with two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: He had the worst net rating of the starters today. The fantasy world will be rooting against him in order to open up some playing time for Aaron Gordon, who could bust out this year. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • MIchael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) taken to hospital
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) was taken to the hospital to get X-rays.

    Advice: Not good. The X-rays will be looking for any sort of severe dislocation of his shoulder or perhaps he hurt his collarbone after falling face first. This would be a brutal blow for MKG and the Hornets, who would be razor thin at the three. Marvin Williams and P.J. Hairston would get most of the run there with Marvin having value in deep leagues. Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hurts his shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a right shoulder injury on Saturday.

    Advice: He slipped, fell hard, and tweaked his shoulder on the crash landing. Kidd-Gilchrist was holding his shoulder in his way back to the locker room. We'll be looking for an update on this one. If he's out, we should see a lot more of Marvin Williams playing small forward. Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca suffers hamstring injury
    Alexis Ajinca suffered a right hamstring strain on Saturday and did not return.

    Advice: He went to the locker room in the first half and was ruled out later in the game. Ajinca will be backing up Omer Asik, but the days of him getting minutes next to him are likely gone. He also has an Achilles injury. Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • J.J. Barea to play more point guard
    J.J. Barea is expected to play more point guard this year.

    Advice: About 75 percent of his minutes last year came at the point, so it's likely he'll be near 90-95 percent. The Mavs have some major issues at the one, but it's still not worth drafting Barea in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Marco Belinelli back at practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Derrick Rose to stay indoors until Wednesday
    Doctors advised Derrick Rose (face) to stay indoors until Wednesday.

    Advice: This is to allow his sight to heal from the surgery. It was expected to be sooner than Wednesday, but the team is being careful. Rose's two-week timetable still stands, so the Bulls are hoping he'll be ready to start the season. He's a risky target in fantasy leagues and much better in points formats. Yesterday, 12:17 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. Yesterday, 11:01 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. Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Napier (back) goes through shootaround
    Shabazz Napier (sore back) went through shootaround despite not practicing on Friday.

    Advice: It sounds like Napier is on track to play against the Hornets on Saturday. Currently projected to come off the bench behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson, Napier isn't expected to have much fantasy value this season. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Chase Budinger (hamstring) out for Saturday
    Chase Budinger (hamstring) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Budinger has looked "fantastic" this summer and it's possible that he could challenge C.J. Miles for the starting small forward spot, so it's a shame that he won't be able to play. For now, Budinger is on the radar in deeper leagues for his 3-point shooting. We will update his status once we know more. Yesterday, 8:25 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. Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Nick Young tweaks his back on Friday
    Nick Young twisted his back awkwardly on Friday, and he didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked how he was doing.

    Advice: "It’s still kind of tough. I’ll get treatment, get stretched out and see what happens," Young said. "I’ll go with the flow and see what happens. If it doesn’t get better, there’s nothing I can do." Young is hoping to carve out a consistent role in the rotation during the preseason, so this won't help his chances. There a ton of mouths to feed on the wings in Los Angeles next season, so it will be tough for Young to have fantasy value outside of deeper formats. We will update his status when we know more. Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • Wes Johnson comes off the bench
    Wes Johnson came off the bench on Friday against the Nuggets, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He wasn't brought in for his offense and will likely just be getting wide open shots. Johnson making 3-pointers will go a long way in this offense, but his usage is going to be tiny. Even if he does start, he's not worth drafting in most leagues. Friday, 10:26 pm
  • Hickson looks terrible in exhibition opener
    J.J. Hickson looked terrible in Friday's preseason opener against the Clippers, hitting just 1-of-7 shots for two points, six rebounds and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Hickson looked out of shape and out of his element. Maybe Michael Malone is giving him enough rope to play his way out of the frontcourt discussion quickly. Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute has mouth injury
    Luc Mbah a Moute had a mouth injury on Friday night.

    Advice: He lost a tooth and will be headed to the dentist. Mbah a Moute's mouth caught Joffrey Lauvergne's head, which caused some bleeding to the Frenchman. Mbah a Moute played most of his minutes next to Josh Smith, scoring four points with three boards and one block. He won't be a factor in most leagues Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Nick Young had a back spasm
    Nick Young had a back spasm on Friday.

    Advice: He is fine, according to coach Byron Scott. Young doesn't have a history of back spasms, so there's no reason to worry yet. Friday, 6:50 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (hamstring) misses practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) sat out of practice on Friday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

    Advice: Head coach George Karl expects him to return to the court on Saturday, so he is probably just a little sore. Belinelli should be a key member of the second unit in Sacramento, and he should see enough minutes to carve out value in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Channing Frye available in trade talks?
    According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, Channing Frye is available for "very little."

    Advice: To be clear, Lowe says that Magic officials have denied the rumors, but if they did admit they were shopping Frye then they would lose some leverage. Frye was terrible last season with averages of 7.3 points and 1.8 3-pointers per game and he has one of the worst contracts in the league, so it won't be easy to move him. We will let you know if this report gains any traction, but Aaron Gordon would likely be the primary beneficiary if Frye is traded. Friday, 12:58 pm
  • 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
  • Rivers says Johnson will likely start on Fri
    Doc Rivers said that Wes Johnson will likely start at small forward for the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson will have a chance to prove that he belongs in the starting lineup over the course of the preseason, and if Rivers likes what he sees, Paul Pierce will be coming off the bench. Johnson has deep league potential as a 3-and-D player kind of player, but he'll have to see his minutes in the high 20s in order to realize his potential. If Pierce is relegated to a bench role, it's difficult to see him being a viable option in most leagues. Thursday, 11:24 am
  • Derrick Rose out at least two weeks
    Derrick Rose (eye) has been advised to have no physical activity for two weeks.

    Advice: Rose is sensitive to light following his left orbital bone surgery, but the Bulls are hopeful he'll be back in game shape quickly and will be ready for the start of the regular season. While Rose has as much upside as anyone in the NBA, it would be an extreme understatement to say he's a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else roll the dice on the 26-year-old. Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Derrick Rose estimated to miss two weeks
    Derrick Rose had surgery on his left orbital bone and he expected to be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.

    Advice: This is an encouraging timetable for Rose and it's unknown if he'll need to wear a mask upon his return. Rose just can't stay healthy and his press conference on Monday was one of the strangest in recent memory. He focused on his 2017 free agency quite a bit and there's a chance he may not want to play at less than 100 percent. He's a very, very risky target in fantasy drafts. Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Derrick Rose undergoes successful surgery
    Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) had successful surgery on Wednesday morning.

    Advice: The Bulls haven't released an official timetable for his return. Head coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful that Rose will be ready for opening night and refused to rule him out, but there is no need to speculate until we get a firm update. The good news is that Rose suffered no structural damage, so he will be good to go once the bone is healed and won't have any limitations. Jimmy Butler will be a monster if Rose has to miss any time, while Aaron Brooks figures to take on a larger role as well. We could hear something on Wednesday afternoon, so we will post an update as soon as we know more. Wednesday, 9:46 am
  • Casey expects big things from Terrence Ross
    When asked about who will fill the void left by Lou Williams, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that he expects Terrence Ross to pick up the slack.

    Advice: "The first guy that comes to mind is Terrence Ross," Casey said. "Not only just a scorer, but he’s got to come in and defend. He had an off year last year defending. He knows it. We know it. He’s better defensively. I think we all got caught up in scoring. He’s got to do his job defensively. All of our guys do. But T-Ross comes to mind." Ross was a disaster last season, and his playing time will be limited with DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll soaking up a lot of minutes on the wings. Ross can be ignored in standard leagues for now. Wednesday, 6:34 am
  • Rose's focus was on free agency before injury
    A day before Derrick Rose suffered his unfortunate eye injury that will require surgery on Tuesday, he made comments suggesting his mind was on his future free agency - which doesn't even happen until after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "This whole summer I had tunnel vision," he said. "Making sure my family is financially stable, as far as seeing all the money that they’re passing out in this league. Just telling the truth. Just knowing that my day will be coming up soon, and it’s not for me. It’s for (son) P.J. and his future, so that’s what I’m thinking about now.’’ Rose acknowledged he was speaking about his impending free agency that's nearly two years out, so that was a pretty strange way to kick off the start of training camp with reporters. And teammate Jimmy Butler's reaction was perfect. "He can talk about unicorns and rainbows for all I care," he said. "Just help us win some basketball games.’’ The good news out of this mess is that Rose is expected to be ready for the start of the season, as of now. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Derrick Rose suffers left orbital fracture
    Derrick Rose suffered a left orbital fracture during the Bulls first practice on Tuesday, and he will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: A timetable for Rose's return has not yet been set, but this isn't a great way to start off the year for Rose who is also dealing with some legal troubles as well. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but given Rose's extensive injury history and the fact that through 51 games last season he failed to crack the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues, we wouldn't recommend targeting Rose on draft day. For what it's worth, Mike Conley and Russell Westbrook returned very quickly from facial fractures last season, but everyone is different, so we'll be waiting for an official timeline out of Chicago. Jimmy Butler would be a monster if Rose is forced to miss some regular-season action, while Aaron Brooks would step into a starting role. Tuesday, 3:38 pm
  • Wes Johnson running with the starters Tuesday
    Wes Johnson was spotted practicing with the Clippers' first unit on Tuesday.

    Advice: Early reports indicate that Johnson will start at small forward over Paul Pierce, although things could change as we approach the regular-season. There's also a good chance Johnson gets locked into a value killing timeshare with Pierce, so we wouldn't recommend targeting him until the final few rounds on draft day given his low ceiling. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
  • Channing Frye says he feels more mobile now
    Channing Frye said that he feels more mobile now.

    Advice: Frye injured his knee during last year's training camp, and perhaps that injury lingered and had something to do with his horrific 2014-15 season. Head coach Scott Skiles said that Nikola Vucevic and Frye looked good playing together during Orlando's first practice, but he acknowledged he won't know much until the first exhibition game. Frye shot a career-worst 39.2 percent from the field last season to go with dismal averages of 7.3 points and 1.8 three-pointers per game. We don't see Frye making a substantial improvement this season, and he could lose some serious minutes to Summer League standout Aaron Gordon. Tuesday, 12:18 pm
  • Derrick Rose looks great in first practice
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Derrick Rose "looked great" during his first practice.

    Advice: Rose did take an elbow to the face that required some attention, but it doesn't sound like this is anything to worry about. Rose isn't expected to have any rest days this upcoming season, but given how much time he's spent on the sidelines the past few years, he still carries a significant amount of injury risk. Through 51 games last season, Rose didn't even crack the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues, so we'd recommend letting someone else overdraft him on draft day. Tuesday, 11:37 am
  • No scheduled rest for Derrick Rose
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose is not expected to take nights off this season.

    Advice: He rested earlier in the season and it should be a little easier with less back-to-backs on the schedule. Rose spent a lot of time at media day talking about money, the lawsuit against him, and said "I know I'm great." He'll be a risky pick in the middle rounds after he couldn't put up top-150 value per game last season. Monday, 1:09 pm
  • Ajinca still dealing w/ pain in his Achilles
    Alexis Ajinca said that he's still dealing with Achilles pain.

    Advice: Despite being cleared for training camp, Ajinca's Achilles remains an issue. We should have an update early this week as the Pelicans begin practicing. Monday, 10:35 am
  • Chase Budinger looks 'fantastic' right now
    Chase Budinger looks "fantastic," according to Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: "He's really going to help our running game," Vogel said. Budinger could compete with C.J. Miles for the starting small forward spot, but he'll have to prove he can stay on the court for an extended period of time first. Monday, 8:03 am
  • Better Channing Frye this year?
    Channing Frye said there will be a "better version" of him this year.

    Advice: "I have a lot to prove and I’m here to put the work in," Frye said. He said last year was "embarrassing" to him, and his teammate Nikola Vucevic even took a shot at him saying Frye couldn't run an up-tempo style -- he was probably kidding. The fantasy world will be rooting against Frye in hopes Aaron Gordon is unleashed. Sep 25, 7:05 pm
  • Vooch takes a shot at Channing Frye
    When asked about the Magic running a faster pace, Nikola Vucevic said the team "can all run except for Channing Frye."

    Advice: Yep. Frye's contract continues to be a waste with Tobias Harris and Aaron Gordon looking like a terrific forward tandem. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him be bumped from the rotation, which would be great for Gordon. Sep 25, 2:55 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca is a full go
    Alexis Ajinca (Achilles) is a full go for training camp.

    Advice: He was experiencing some soreness this summer, but he'll be ready to go. Ajinca is arguably a better fit next to Anthony Davis than Omer Asik, but he's still nowhere near consideration in most leagues. Sep 24, 8:04 pm
  • Clippers brining in Mbah a Moute for camp
    The Clippers will sign Luc Mbah a Moute to a training camp deal.

    Advice: The Clippers have some serious depth at the forward spots as far as their rotation goes and this is likely more of an emergency depth situation. The 76ers did give LMAM some minutes and he still couldn't do much. Sep 24, 4:30 pm
  • Ajinca says he'll be ready for opening-night
    Alexis Ajinca stated during a recent interview that his Achilles injury is "nothing major," and he fully expects to be ready for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Ajinca was withheld from competing for France at the EuroBasket tournament this summer due to some minor soreness in his left Achilles, but it sounds like this won't be an issue moving forward. If Anthony Davis or Omer Asik go down with an injury at any point during this upcoming season, Ajinca will be someone to consider adding to your roster, but with the Pelicans' frontcourt healthy he won't get enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Sep 24, 11:05 am
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