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  • Bradley Beal (wrist) now without a cast
    Bradley Beal (wrist) said he is no longer wearing a cast on his broken wrist.

    Advice: He's still about a month away since being diagnosed back on Oct. 11. Beal has dealt with multiple fractures in his career, so he's becoming a bit fragile. Still, he's one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall too far in their drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:00 pm
     
    Injured
  • Jimmy Butler to be evaluated in a week or so
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) will be re-evaluated in "a week or so," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: That would put him in jeopardy of missing the season opener on Wednesday against the New York Knicks. Butler suffered the injury on Sunday and he will miss the rest of the preseason. He was having a superb preseason and should be more efficient this year, so fantasy owners can still target him in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:24 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) remains day-to-day
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) remains day-to-day after sitting out Tuesday's loss to Phoenix.

    Advice: The rookie isn't a particularly appealing fantasy option, but there should be some minutes available to him in L.A.'s backcourt. He'll look to carve out a niche during L.A.'s final two exhibitions on Wednesday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:31 am
  • Cody Zeller (hand) skips contact at practice
    Cody Zeller (hand) sat out contact portions of Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear what exactly is wrong with Zeller, and for now we're leaving him off the injury report. Coach Steve Clifford said recently that Zeller needs to limit his fouls to maximize his playing time this season, and he's not worth owning while Marvin Williams is starting at PF. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:19 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has a week to recover before Charlotte's regular-season opener, so for now we're assuming he won't miss any games with the injury. The possibility that he'll sit out Thursday's exhibition vs. his former team is unfortunate, but we'll get to see Lance and the Hornets take on the Pacers in their first regular-season meeting in Indiana on Nov. 19. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:16 am
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Hassan Whiteside waived by Grizzlies
    Grizzlies waive C Hassan Whiteside.

    Advice: Whiteside's length and shot-blocking ability earned him a training camp invite, and he averaged 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in just 8.2 minutes per game during the preseason. The Grizzlies' roster now stands at 16 players, so another cut is on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark
    Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark.

    Advice: Clark didn't make a big impression during training camp and his journeyman path through the NBA will have to continue in another city than Memphis. In five NBA season, he's played for the Suns, Magic, Lakers, Cavaliers and Knicks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Spurs championship favorites in GM survey
    The Spurs were overwhelmingly favored to repeat as NBA champions in a recent survey of the league's GMs, with Gregg Popovich earning 92.9 percent of votes for 'Best Coach.'

    Advice: Joakim Noah earned the nod for 'Best Defensive Player,' Jabari Parker was declared the rookie who will impress the most in five years, and Tyson Chandler's trade to Dallas was voted the 'Most Underrated Acquisition' of the summer. You can peruse the full results by clicking on the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:58 am
  • Nuggets waive F Marcus Williams
    Nuggets waive F Marcus Williams.

    Advice: He was given a training-camp invite with no real expectation that he'd make the squad, and the 2007 second-round pick will have to look elsewhere for guaranteed money. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:03 am
  • Alonzo Gee makes Nuggets' reg. season roster
    Alonzo Gee has made the Nuggets' regular season roster after 3.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 16 minutes per game during the preseason.

    Advice: Gee is third on the depth chart at SF, behind Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, and he may not even crack the rotation during the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:45 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:14 am
  • George Hill (knee) iffy for Thursday
    George Hill is listed as questionable for Thursday's game after suffering a left knee contusion on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "It swelled up pretty good so we’ll see how he is tomorrow and take it day to day," coach Frank Vogel said after Tuesday's game. Hill should be ready to go for the start of the regular season, and we're expecting him to be considerably better this season than last. Donald Sloan is pushing C.J. Watson for back up duties, but Hill is the guy you want to own. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:41 pm
  • Justin Hamilton likely for Friday
    Justin Hamilton, who has been out for the Heat with a heart issue, is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to have a big role with the Heat, but he's been out for the preseason with the ailment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) makes long-awaited return
    Festus Ezeli (shin) made his preseason debut in style on Tuesday, notching 10 points, three rebounds and one block in just 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ezeli missed the entire 2013-14 season but he looked great the moment he took the court, and the backup C job is his to lose. With Andrew Bogut a perpetual injury risk, Ezeli is worth keeping on the fantasy radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan picking up where he left off
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort on Tuesday, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: He's picking up right where he left off last season, shooting 76 percent over the past five games while racking up copious rebounds, steals and blocks. His FT shooting is worse than ever (37 percent in the preseason), so roto owners must be wary of his ability to tank a category single-handedly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Gerald Green drops 21 points in 20 minutes
    Gerald Green poured in 21 points in just 20 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, making 5-of-15 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with four 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Green said recently that he anticipates less playing time this year, and that his scoring will fluctuate from night to night depending upon matchups. He's not worth owning unless you're in need of a points-and-3s specialist. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Ronnie Price hands out 10 assists as starter
    Ronnie Price had seven points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in another start at PG on Tuesday, earning praise from coach Byron Scott before the game.

    Advice: There's actually a chance that Price could start ahead of Jeremy Lin on opening night, but we'll believe it when we see it. With Steve Nash is already suffering a recurrence of nerve-related pain, however, Price is creeping onto the fantasy radar as the Lakers' presumptive backup PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Markieff Morris shoots 3-of-10 for seven pts
    Markieff Morris struggled in 27 minutes vs. the Lakers, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for seven points, four rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He chipped in one 3-pointer and one steal, and he has plenty of upside thanks to his statistical versatility and a guaranteed starting job. Don't let a few quiet preseason games fool you -- Kieff is poised for a big season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Wes Johnson stuffs stat sheet in Lakers' loss
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's loss with 15 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks, but he also committed eight turnovers and missed a critical pair of free throws.

    Advice: Xavier Henry (knee) and Nick Young (thumb) are both out of commission, which helps Johnson's cause, but he may hold onto a starting job even when L.A. is at full strength. This was his first double-digit scoring game of the preseason but has unique fantasy appeal after averaging 1.3 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks for the depleted Lakers last season. Give him a look if you need a swingman in the final round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Ed Davis impressive off bench vs. Phoenix
    Lakers PF Ed Davis came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 23 spirited minutes vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis has quickly emerged as coach Byron Scott's preferred backup big man, reducing Robert Sacre to an afterthought. He's worth a flier pick in deep leagues, as he has the potential to average 5+ rebounds and 1+ blocks with low-volume, high-percentage points. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Dorell Wright chips in eight points off bench
    Dorell Wright scored eight points with one 3-pointer and one steal in 12 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's road victory.

    Advice: Terry Stotts doled out playing time more like he would in a regular season game, giving 29+ minutes to all of his starters, and his heavy reliance on the starting-five leaves precious little upside for Wright. Just keep him in mind if Nicolas Batum gets injured. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Nate Robinson (ACL) still on 15-minute limit
    Nate Robinson started at PG in place of Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, but he finished with just four points and two assists in nine minutes.

    Advice: Denver's medical staff had Nate on a 15-minute limit, which should slowly increase during the first few weeks of the regular season. The 30-year-old is coming back from ACL surgery, and his backup role all but guarantees he won't help fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • George Hill leaves with knee contusion
    George Hill suffered a knee contusion on Tuesday and will not return to the game.

    Advice: If you're going to have a knee injury, a contusion is the way to go. He's day-to-day and finishes with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer. He's looking for a bounce-back season as the Pacers' starting point guard, and he's looked good in the preseason. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Report: Ronnie Price to start at PG Tuesday
    Despite an earlier report that Jeremy Lin would start at point guard for the Lakers on Tuesday, Mark Medina is reporting that Ronnie Price will get the call.

    Advice: Lin is still expected to play and will come off the bench after missing three straight game with a sprained ankle. Either way, Lin should be a nice, cheap source of dimes and point guard minutes this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:25 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Nate Robinson starts again for Ty Lawson
    Nate Robinson will start at PG for the Nuggets on Tuesday, in place of injured Ty Lawson (hamstring).

    Advice: Robinson appears to be fully recovered from his knee surgery, while JaVale McGee is a game-time decision as he makes his way back from a leg injury. Along with Robinson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Cody Zeller limited by tendency for fouls
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that for Cody Zeller to reach his potential, "the fouling has to come down."

    Advice: Zeller averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes last year and he's been even more foul-prone during the preseason. He scored 18 points in 30 minutes of action on Monday but won't get that much run very often, and he's not an option in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has sprained thumb ligaments
    An MRI confirmed that Jimmy Butler has sprained thumb ligaments, and he'll be re-evaluated after Chicago's preseason finale on Friday.

    Advice: This leaves Butler somewhat iffy for the Bulls' season opener, but at least the MRI didn't reveal more serious damage. Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy should absorb a few extra minutes until Butler is ready to return, and Hinrich may be the favorite to start at SG in Friday's exhibition. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) probable for Tuesday
    Festus Ezeli (shin) will play in Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Steve Kerr said he'll deploy Ezeli late in the second quarter, and he's unlikely to play more than a handful of minutes in his first game since May of 2013. His return has no impact in typical fantasy leagues, but it's great news for the Warriors in reality -- Andrew Bogut is a constant injury risk and Jermaine O'Neal is gone, so Ezeli provides much-needed depth at center. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Zeller goes for 18 and eight in start
    Cody Zeller started for Marvin Williams (rest) in Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) out Monday vs. Cleveland
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Butler sprained his left thumb during Sunday's exhibition vs. the Hornets, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday when the team returns to Chicago. The injury is not considered serious, but Butler is likely to sit for the remainder of the Bulls' preseason games. Kirk Hinrich will draw the start in Butler's place. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:38 pm
  • Ronnie Price a lock to make the team
    Ronnie Price is a lock to make the Lakers, according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times

    Advice: He's playing on a non-guaranteed deal, but has been terrific in camp with Steve Nash (back) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) out. This is bad news for rookie Jordan Clarkson's fantasy value in extremely deep leagues and Price has very little value, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:14 am
  • Ronnie Price gets 10 assists in 38 minutes
    With Steve Nash (nerve damage) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) unavailable for Sunday's exhibition, Lakers' PG Ronnie Price delivered 10 assists in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Price finished with six points, two rebounds, 10 dimes, four steals, one block and three turnovers against an inexperienced Jazz backcourt. The absence of rookie G Jordan Clarkson (calf) is yet another reason for Price's increased activity, and despite tonight's solid line he's not an option in average fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) looks fine vs. Bulls
    Lance Stephenson's recent groin injury didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Stephenson missed his only 3-point attempt, he didn't get to the free throw line, and he added just two assists and one steal with three turnovers. He also grabbed Joakim Noah's hand at one point, just to mess with him, which makes you question how much he's matured this offseason. Nevertheless, the reigning league-leader in triple-doubles has enough upside to justify a mid-round pick in typical fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Jimmy Butler leaves w/ sprained left thumb
    Jimmy Butler will not return to Sunday's game after spraining his left thumb in the first half.

    Advice: He hurt himself during an attempted steal and was initially able to continue playing, but the Bulls pulled the plug in the second quarter. He's one of the toughest guys in the league and shouldn't miss significant time, so he's a near-certainty for Chicago's season opener unless tests reveal something more serious than a sprain. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:04 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a right groin strain as well as a toe injury so it is good to see him suiting up for a preseason game. Stephenson is a solid late-mid round pick with upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • George Hill flirts with a triple-double Sat.
    George Hill filled up the stat sheet against the Mavs on Saturday with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers on 3-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: If David West (ankle) misses time, Hill is going to be a huge part of the offense. He was more of an off-the-ball guy last season, but that'll change. The former Spur will always be known for being dealt for Kawhi Leonard, but he'll have his best chance to produce this year. He's a high-upside target in the late-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:41 pm
  • Tony Parker (rest) will sit out on Saturday
    Tony Parker (rest) will sit out of Saturday's exhibition.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to be cautious with their aging superstar and there was no reason to push him in the preseason. Apart from the risk of DNPs and the constant injury risk, Parker will be a decent option in the middle rounds of drafts if you are feeling lucky. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:03 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) likely to play Tuesday
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) was deemed likely to play on Tuesday according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: Clarkson injured his calf in a preseason game against the Wizards a week ago and now looks ready to return. While he has looked strong in camp, there is simply not enough playing time for Clarkson to make a dent on fantasy rosters. He is off the radar in standard leagues for the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:22 am
  • Jimmy Butler worked on game all summer
    Jimmy Butler's impressive preseason average of 18 points on 60 percent shooting from the field is attributed to his rigorous off-season training.

    Advice: The small forward came into camp 10 pounds lighter and is reportedly more focused than ever. "All summer I worked on my game. The biggest thing is confidence, taking shots I know I can make," he said. Butler is still a viable option after the middle rounds of most drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Born Ready is dealing with a right groin strain and has already had a toe injury. He had a breakout season last year with the Pacers, but we'd expect him to need an adjustment period with his new teammates and in a different system. Stephenson is a late-mid round target. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • Markieff Morris looks great off the bench
    Markieff Morris came off the bench and played 23 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, making 7-of-10 from the field for 17 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hasn't been completely unleashed in the preseason, but the stats have been there in limited playing time. All the pieces are in place for a Markieff breakout after being the 38th-best player in nine-category leagues after the break last season. Plus, that was with Channing Frye around. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Tony Parker plays 22 minutes
    Tony Parker scored nine points in 22 minutes against the Suns on Thursday to go with one rebound, four assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Most of his teammates weren't there and he's played well this month. Parker is healthy and will need to stay healthy, especially with Patty Mills (shoulder) out until January. Cory Joseph is having a solid training camp, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Jimmy Butler hits game winner, scores 29
    Jimmy Butler hit a game-winning buzzer beater to defeat the Hawks 85-84 on Thursday, scoring 29 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-16 from the line and has been the Bulls' best player so far in the preseason. Butler is on a tear from the field and has shot 62.2 percent from the field in his last four preseason games. Perhaps Derrick Rose can help Butler improve on his field goal percentage, so feel free to give him a look in the early-late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:37 pm
  • Nate Robinson will get some rest
    Nate Robinson will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: It's just some rest after his debut to the lineup last week. Robinson will only be a backup and is not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:45 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable for Fri
    Lance Stephenson is questionable to play against the Wizards on Friday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: Considering he's questionable for a preseason game, it's probably a minor issue. Stephenson doesn't have a history of groin issues and there's no reason to bump him down your rankings. He should pick up some extra ball-handling responsibilities with his new team, but there might be an adjustment period. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:15 am
  • George Hill posts nice line in loss
    George Hill hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.

    Advice: In his three preseason game Hill is averaging 13 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 3-pointers per game. After another disappointing season last year, Hill looks like a very promising point guard prospect this season, and can be had in the later rounds of most drafts. The depleted Pacers will need everything he can give. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starts at SG for Knicks
    Iman Shumpert started at SG for the Knicks on Tuesday and had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 5-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway might come off the bench, and if it happens, Shumpert could be your opening-night starter. But really, Hardaway has been playing the best of this group thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Wizards pick up Bradley Beal's 4th-yr option
    The Wizards have officially picked up Bradley Beal's fourth-year contract option, keeping him in Washington through the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Beal is targeting a return in late-November after fracturing a bone in his left wrist this week. His absence temporarily opens up more SG minutes for Glen Rice Jr., Otto Porter and even Garrett Temple, and forces fantasy owners to bump Beal back a round or two on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
     
    Injured
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) will not return this week
    Festus Ezeli (shin) practiced on Tuesday and was reportedly "flying on wind sprints," but he will not play in any preseason games this week.

    Advice: Ezeli's 2013-14 season was spoiled by knee surgery but it's been shin inflammation that's limited him during the preseason. He'll be relied upon to backup injury-prone Andrew Bogut this season, but isn't worth drafting with Bogut healthy to start the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Bradley Beal to wear soft cast for 10 days
    Bradley Beal (wrist surgery) will wear a soft cast on his left wrist for 10 days before he can resume working out.

    Advice: Beal's original timetable of six weeks would have him returning to the court around Thanksgiving and this new does nothing to push that timetable back. While missing a month of the regular season won't help his fantasy value, Beal still has enough upside to warrant a middle-to-late round pick in drafts. Glen Rice Jr. should see a big uptick in minutes with Beal out and is worth a late-round pick in standard leagues after a strong Summer League performance. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
     
    Injured
  • 76ers tried to trade Michael Carter-Williams
    According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the 76ers "tried hard" to trade Michael Carter Williams (shoulder) during the offseason.

    Advice: "They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources," Lowe wrote in his Grantland piece. "Expect Philly to repeat the exercise." Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Carter-Williams is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and is a risky pick before the middle-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:11 am
  • Butler scores 21 points to lead Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting (7-of-7 FTs) with six rebounds, two steals and one block in just 22 minutes against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The Nuggets were terrible tonight so it's hard to put too much stock in this line, but Butler did play very well and he will probably be a value pick after failing to fully break out last season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:19 pm
  • Redick scores 17 points in preseason loss
    J.J. Redick scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and three assists in Monday's preseason loss.

    Advice: Redick has a solid role locked down and when he stays healthy he's usually good for only a handful of absences per year. Last year he battled "noodle leg," or a back/hip injury that shelved him until the end of the year, but he looks great so far this season. He's a safe late-round pick in standard formats despite last year's games missed. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Shumpert (hamstring) looks fine in ugly loss
    Iman Shumpert (hamstring) looked fine in Monday's preseason loss to the Raptors, logging 19 minutes with six points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Shumpert had a nice dunk and the assists were a nice touch, but this was a garbage game and not too much should be gleaned from it. The Knicks are struggling to grasp the new Triangle Offense, and they'll get better as the year goes on, with Shumpert profiling as an interesting piece for his ability to cut without the ball. He needs to make a major move to secure playing time before standard league owners should consider him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:44 pm
  • Stephenson (toe) looks fine in return
    Lance Stephenson (toe) logged 27 minutes in Monday's preseason win over the Magic, scoring eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Stephenson's "deep cut" wasn't a big deal and he's on track to produce the type of lines we saw in Indy, but with perhaps a bit more effectiveness playing with a team with better offensive players. That said, with the presence of the Big Cat Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker he'll have his work cut out for him to maintain last year's usage rate. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:03 pm
  • MCW's original prognosis was 6-9 months
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) said Monday that the original timetable for return from his injury was 6-9 months.

    Advice: That would put him back in action anywhere between Week 2 and halfway through the year, though it is imperative to note that MCW said he felt "100 percent." He added, "I feel great. If it was up to me, I'd be out there playing right now," and continuing later with "It's doctor's orders. I've got to listen what they say and come back 100 percent." So clearly the Sixers are going to play it safe here, and it's anybody's guess right now if he's ready for Opening Night. At a minimum he suffered a serious shoulder injury and hasn't been able to put in much work this offseason, and beyond that he's probably a bit riskier pick than we've let on so far. Still, with a solid role and decent upside he shouldn't fall out of the middle rounds of an 8-cat league. 9-cat owners beware of turnovers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) will start on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will return to the starting lineup for Monday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards with a "deep cut" to his small toe, but obviously the injury was not serious, as he'll be suiting up on Monday night. Stephenson is not a great free throw shooter (71.1 percent), but that's easy to forgive with averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He should be able to get close to those numbers with his new team this season, and he makes for a solid mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 2:39 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams says he feels great
    Michael Carter-Williams says that he feels great, but there is still currently no set date for his return.

    Advice: "I wish I was [able to scrimmage], but that's doctors' orders, so I have to listen to what they say and come back 100 percent," MCW said. "I'm plenty ahead of schedule, and I feel great." Carter-Williams isn't great in terms of percentages as he shot just 40.5 percent from the field, and 70.3 percent from the line last season, but his other averages of 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game are nice. MCW profiles as a decent mid-round target with some upside. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 1:42 pm
  • Ed Davis to get bulk of backup C minutes
    Ed Davis is expected to get the bulk of the backup minutes at center on Thursday.

    Advice: Robert Sacre played more on Sunday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes. Davis received a DNP-CD because coach Byron Scott wanted to get a long look at Sacre. The former Raptor and Grizzly has been terrific at camp thus far and is on the radar in deep leagues, especially considering how tough it's been for Jordan Hill to play big minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 6:16 am
  • Ronnie Price logs team-high 33 minutes for LA
    Ronnie Price played a team-high 33 minutes off the Lakers' bench during Sunday's game, finishing with nine points, two boards, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: In a bizarre preseason twist, Price's shoe fell off during the game and he threw it at Andre Iguodala to disrupt his dribble. The move earned him a technical foul but shouldn't incur further punishment. If Steve Nash's health fails him, as it very well might, Price could find himself as L.A.'s default backup PG. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:09 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan makes 4-of-4 FGs, 3-of-9 FTs
    DeAndre Jordan racked up 11 points and eight rebounds with a steal and a block in 26 minutes of action on Sunday, making all four of his FG attempts.

    Advice: Jordan's FT shooting was awful, to nobody's surprise, as he made just 3-of-9 freebies. He also picked up five fouls and this line underscores two reasons the Clippers splurged on Spencer Hawes this offseason -- he's insurance for when Jordan gets in foul trouble, and he gives L.A. a late-game option for offense/defense substitutions, having shot 78.3 percent from the FT line last year. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 8:51 pm
  • Bradley Beal (wrist) expected to miss 6 weeks
    Bradley Beal is expected to miss six weeks after having surgery on Sunday to repair a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist.

    Advice: The injury was to the scaphoid bone in Beal's non-shooting wrist. A return in exactly six weeks, on Nov. 23, would cause Beal to miss the first 12 games of the season. This takes a significant chunk out of his fantasy value, but his late-season upside makes him worth a look after the middle rounds. Glen Rice Jr. should take on plenty of minutes at SG with Beal and Martell Webster (back surgery) both on the sidelines to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 2:31 pm
     
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  • George Hill (rest) out Sunday vs. Dallas
    George Hill (rest) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Hill will be asked to step it up on the offensive end this season with Paul George on the sidelines and Lance Stephenson no longer in town. He doesn't have any competition for minutes, and should be able to return solid value as a mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 10:32 am
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) returns to practice
    Lance Stephenson (toe) returned to practice on Sunday, and coach Steve Clifford said that he looked "good."

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game with a deep cut to his small toe, but this injury is not expected to be serious. He was moving well at practice, so we're going to consider him probable for Monday's game vs. the Magic. Stephenson will be a primary component of the Hornets offense, and a nightly triple-double threat. He's a solid mid-round target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:46 am
  • Bradley Beal has surgery, likely out 2 months
    Bradley Beal underwent surgery to repair a non-displaced facture of the scaphoid bone on his left (non-shooting) wrist on Sunday, and will likely be sidelined for two months.

    Advice: Glen Rice Jr. will likely enter the starting lineup, and he makes for an intriguing late round selection in standard leagues after an impressive Summer League performance. Beal will be risky mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:38 am
     
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