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  • Dwyane Wade to have minutes restriction?
    General manager Gar Forman said Dwyane Wade's minutes restriction is expected to be "fluid" this season.

    Advice: "First of all, we’ve talked to him – our medical team and our athletic-performance team, we’ve visited some with him," Forman said. "I don’t know that any definitive have come from that yet, but it’s obviously something that we’ll watch in regards to Dwyane being a little bit older but really to a number of our players." Wade surprisingly played 74 games last season at 30.5 minutes per outing. The Bulls are not new to managing players on playing time, so they might treat Wade a little like Derrick Rose last season. Today, 8:10 pm
  • Caris LeVert says surgery should fix foot
    Caris LeVert (foot) said his latest surgery should fix his foot for good.

    Advice: We sure hope so. He's had three foot fractures in his career, which caused him to fall out of the lottery. "[The doctor] took like a bone transfusion from my hip to my foot, took a bone graft from my hip and put it in my foot. Plus a bigger screw," LeVert said. His talent has never been questioned and the Nets are suggesting the 6'7" Michigan product can play three positions. There's no rush here, but LeVert will be someone to watch in deep leagues and in Dynasty. Today, 5:00 pm
  • The Knicks are going to run a lot?
    Coach Jeff Hornacek told Courtney Lee the Knicks are going to "run a lot" this season.

    Advice: Hornacek's teams have been fast in the past while the Knicks have been really slow. Specifically, the Knicks have been in the bottom seven for each of the last four seasons, but some of that has to do with personnel. Lee isn't going to light it up in the scoring column, but he's a sneaky low-demand target with a high floor in the later rounds of drafts. Today, 4:50 pm
  • Bradley Beal wants to take 20 shots
    Bradley Beal could take 20 shots per game this season.

    Advice: "It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said about the possible shot increase. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash." Beal only had nine games with at least 20 shots last year, so that's a tall order. Plus, the Wizards should be limiting him based on his leg injury. He's still a decent option in the middle rounds. Today, 3:57 pm
  • Monta Ellis refreshed, refocused for 2016-17
    Monta Ellis has "re-dedicated" himself to basketball after a 2015-16 season which he feels was his worst since joining the NBA.

    Advice: Ellis admitted that playing in his age-30 season was physically challenging. "My knee would just flare up," he said. "Some days I'd wake up in the morning and it was tough getting out of bed." To his credit, Ellis still played in 81 games last year and he said that his legs feel "great" after a summer devoted to physical training. Despite his declining production, he's worth a look if you need a scorer after the middle rounds. Today, 3:43 pm
  • Alec Burks expected to shoot more?
    Alec Burks said he is expecting to shoot more this season.

    Advice: I’m still going to be fearless," Burks said. "I’m still going to the same things I do." Burks set a career high 25.9 usage rate last year in his 31 games, but his efficiency has dropped in each of his last two seasons. With all the depth on the Jazz, it's hard to target Burks in most formats. Today, 3:08 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins makes a lot of tweaks to shot
    Andrew Wiggins said he's worked on his hand position on the ball, his release motion and his balance for his shooting.

    Advice: Perhaps no player is under more pressure to hit treys than Andrew Wiggins. Although, he gave his fans a glimmer of hope after the break last year, making 41.3 percent of his 63 attempts -- small sample size, though. Wiggins also only started 38 games at small forward last year, which figures to be his only starting spot this season. While we'd like to see more defensive stats out of Wiggins, he's still a decent pick in the fifth or sixth rounds of drafts. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Khris Middleton to have surgery on Wednesday
    Khris Middleton will undergo surgery on his left hamstring on Wednesday.

    Advice: Middleton added that he has no timetable for a return, but previous reports have indicated that he will miss around six months of action. This was a huge blow for the Bucks because Middleton was quickly becoming one of the premier two-way wings in the East. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker will do the heavy lifting for the Bucks. Today, 1:48 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn will start at SG
    Rashad Vaughn is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: With Khris Middleton (hamstring) possibly out for the majority of the season, there are a ton of minutes available in Milwaukee. Vaughn will still have to prove himself in camp and he's coming off a rough season with averages of 3.1 points per game on 30.5 percent shooting. Don't be surprised if he loses minutes to Malcolm Brogdon and Jason Terry. Today, 1:35 pm
  • Snyder not committing to starting Joe Cool
    Coach Quin Snyder said it's not clear if Joe Johnson will come off the bench or start.

    Advice: Simply put, we're not buying it. Rodney Hood had a breakout season and obviously Gordon Hayward isn't going to move out of the first unit. While Joe Johnson was an awesome pickup for the Jazz and their depth, he is not likely to have a big impact on the stat sheet. Today, 1:33 pm
  • Eric Gordon to see big minutes off bench?
    Eric Gordon is expected to rotate in with Patrick Beverely and James Harden for "the bulk of the backcourt minutes," according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: It sounds like the Rockets will indeed put Harden out there as a point guard at times -- Beverley will almost certainly start there. If the Rockets do roll with a three-guard rotation, there's a very good chance Gordon gets minutes close to 30. He's going to be firing away for coach Mike D'Antoni, so he can fall in the 2.5-3.0 range for treys per game. That'll make him a fine late pick in standard leagues. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Wes Matthews down eight pounds
    Wesley Matthews said he's dropped about eight pounds this summer.

    Advice: "You've got to understand that at this time last year, I wasn't able to run, wasn't able to move around," Matthews said. The story of his increased athleticism has been an underlying theme here. Matthews has always been a minutes monster and not even an Achilles rehab last summer could keep him below 33 minutes per game last year -- he played 35.4 after the break. Matthews also added he's excited to play more shooting guard. He's a really nice pick in the early late rounds. Today, 12:34 pm
  • P.J. Tucker tried to shut it down in August
    P.J. Tucker (back) said he tried to shut it down in August before opting to have surgery in September.

    Advice: In other words, this problem was lingering for Tucker before he had surgery on Sept. 15. He's going to miss all of camp and is considered doubtful for the opener. T.J. Warren will get the first crack to start, but he's also rehabbing a foot injury. The Suns will take a look at Devin Booker and Dragan Bender at the three this year. Today, 11:56 am
  • Quincy Pondexter won't return before November
    Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that the earliest Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) could return is in November.

    Advice: "The next 2-4 weeks will give us a better understanding of when he’ll be ready to play," Demps said. "Best-case scenario for him would be November [to return], but it also could be December or January for him as well." With Tyreke Evans (knee) expected to miss the beginning of the season, Solomon Hill should be the heavy favorite to start at SF on opening night. Today, 11:55 am
  • Andre Roberson improved on shooting?
    Andre Roberson has worked on his shooting mechanics this summer.

    Advice: The Thunder did add Victor Oladipo, but he's not the only player who will fill the offensive void left by the departures of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters. Roberson had a tiny 9.3 usage rate last season, so there's a chance he gets into the low teens this year. Plus, he should be able to improve on his 22.2 minutes per game. All that said, there's just not enough upside to draft him in most leagues. Today, 11:28 am
  • Eric Bledsoe says Suns will have to sacrifice
    Eric Bledsoe said the Suns players are "definitely going to have to make sacrifices this season."

    Advice: "That's one of the biggest things we're going to have to do," Bledsoe said. Presumably, the Suns' only 20 points-per-game scorer last season is saying the guards will have to share the ball due to the emergence of Devin Booker. While the Suns are exploring Booker at small forward on occasion, it would be a big surprise to see him start there -- even with P.J. Tucker (back) out. For now, it seems like Brandon Knight is the best bet to move to a bench combo guard role. Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history, but he's still a fine pick as a No. 1 fantasy point guard in the early rounds. Today, 11:20 am
  • LeBron optimistic J.R. deal gets done
    LeBron James is optimistic something will get done with free agent J.R. Smith "sooner than later."

    Advice: There really has never been any serious doubt on Smith coming back to Cleveland. Smith has said he still wants to get a deal done with the Cavs and he's been in Cleveland recently. Considering how Mo Williams is going to retire, the Cavs need depth at guard. Smith is a late-round pick in standard leagues. Today, 11:12 am
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  • Spoelstra says Dion Waiters is in great shape
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Dion Waiters is in "terrific shape."

    Advice: "He really committed the last few weeks to get into world-class shape, Miami Heat shape, better shape than he's ever been in in his life," Spoelstra said. "That's the first step." Waiters arrived in Miami at 234 pounds and 10 percent body fat, and said he's now down to 222 pounds and 7.5 percent body fat. Chris Bosh has likely played his last game for the Heat and Josh Richardson (knee) could be limited right out of the gate, so Waiters should have a large role in the offense. His upside is low, so he's just a late-round flier in deeper leagues for now. Today, 11:08 am
  • Malone: Having Wilson Chandler is a blessing
    Coach Mike Malone said having Wilson Chandler (hip) back is "such a blessing."

    Advice: The 29-year-old forward missed the entire year last season due to hip surgery. He's also been somewhat injury prone in his career, missing an average of 51 games per seasons since 2011-12. The Nuggets will likely want to use him in smaller lineups as a stretch four at times, but there's no reason to draft him in almost any format yet. Today, 10:54 am
  • Malone: Jamal Murray will have growing pains
    Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray will have some growing pains.

    Advice: He added the Nuggets are prepared to endure the early-career struggles. Murray only played one season at Kentucky and most young score-first guards take some time to adjust to the NBA, so it would be a surprise to see have a big rookie season -- Devin Booker not withstanding. Murray has always aid he wanted to play some point, but he's had a sub-1.0 assist:turnover ratio at UK and at Summer League. Growing pains aside, Murray could be a difference maker in the next few seasons. Today, 10:39 am
  • Courtney Lee expects to take more 3-pointers
    Courtney Lee is expecting to take more 3-pointers this season.

    Advice: "I think my 3-point attempt numbers will increase, because of our style of play," Lee said. "My teams in the past have played more through the post." The Knicks are expected to push the pace under Jeff Hornacek, and Lee has virtually no competition at shooting guard other than Justin Holiday -- the Knicks also don't plan on using Derrick Rose next to Brandon Jennings much. Lee has a nice floor in fantasy and is a solid pick in the later rounds for owners targeting points, steals and treys. Today, 10:38 am
  • Mo Williams tells Cavaliers he is retiring
    Mo Williams has informed the Cavaliers that he will retire.

    Advice: Wait, what? Williams tweeted on Sept. 21 that he's coming back for one more year, so it's not clear why he suddenly changed his mind with camp starting up. This obviously leaves the Cavs in a bad spot and rookie Kay Felder will have to step up as the backup PG behind Kyrie Irving. The Cavs will likely take a long look at the free agent pool for PGs as well, especially with Mario Chalmers on the open market. Today, 10:20 am
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  • D'Antoni: James Harden is basically the PG
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden is basically the point guard when he's on the floor.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise to hear whatsoever. While the perception is that Harden has the ball all the time, the NBA's leader in minutes last year ranked just 13th in time of possession per game last year -- the 12 ahead of him are all point guards. Teammate Eric Gordon has already said Harden can "easily" get double-digit dimes, so his ceiling in fantasy is sky high. He makes a very compelling case as the top pick in standard leagues. Today, 9:46 am
  • C.J. Wilcox to have X-rays, could be cleared
    C.J. Wilcox will have some X-rays on his hand on Monday and could be cleared in time for training camp.

    Advice: He broke his finger over the summer, but it sounds like the Magic are expecting good news. Jodie Meeks (foot) won't be ready for the season opener, so Wilcox will fight for minutes off the bench behind Evan Fournier. His role will be limited, at best. Today, 9:32 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) is progressing
    Josh Richardson (right MCL) had his knee brace removed and will be able to do light court work at training camp.

    Advice: This is wonderful news for the second-year SG and it sounds like his recovery is on schedule. His previous timetable had him returning around the season opener, but it would be understandable if the Heat proceed with caution. Once healthy, Richardson should be the second best fantasy option in Miami's backcourt behind Goran Dragic. Today, 7:55 am
  • Zach LaVine not guaranteed to start at SG
    Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't committed to starting Zach LaVine.

    Advice: When asked whether LaVine will start or come off the bench, Thibodeau replied, "I don't know yet. I want to see how things unfold in practice. I have an idea of who we’ll start off with. But that doesn’t mean it stays that way." LaVine took off after the All-Star break, including March averages of 17.8 points on 49.8 percent shooting, 2.4 threes, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He's likely to earn heavy minutes no matter where he begins games, and is a popular target in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Monta Ellis won't run the offense as much
    According to Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star, Monta Ellis isn't expected to handle the ball as much this year.

    Advice: Ellis had a 21.0 percent usage rate last season and his 13.8 points per game was his lowest scoring average since his rookie season. Ellis will have a lot of trouble matching the 4.7 assists per game that he had last year due to the arrival of Jeff Teague, and his scoring opportunities could be limited while playing with Indiana's revamped starting lineup. He barely returned top-75 value in standard leagues last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much from him. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • D'Antoni praises Harden in the pick-and-roll
    Mike D'Antoni called James Harden "one of the best pick-and-roll players we have in this league."

    Advice: "He does some things that are incredible. His strength and his ability to see and to finish, he can be one of the best pick-and-roll players ever," D'Antoni said. It's clear that Harden will be the focal point of everything that D'Antoni does in Houston, and there is an increasingly strong case to be made for The Beard to be selected No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts. Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • James Harden says Rockets vibe has changed
    James Harden believes the vibe around the Rockets has changed under Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "It's not even close," he said. "We've doing something I haven't since I've been here in Houston. Just trying to shake things up, just trying to make sure we really know each other in and out on and off the court. I think that will translate to a better team." Harden also said the disharmony from last season was "an extremely big problem," but that was obvious to anyone paying attention. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," he said. Harden is focused on building "something that I haven't had since I've been here, that's everybody on the same page, everybody in the same boat." Hear that splash, Dwight Howard? You were just thrown overboard. Saturday, 1:03 pm
  • Mo Williams confirms this is his last season
    Mo Williams confirmed that the 2016-17 season will be his last.

    Advice: After a previous expectation that he would retire, Williams is coming back to collect his $2.2 million and chase another championship. He is not on the fantasy radar in any format, and it would not be surprising to see rookie Kay Felder pass him on the point guard depth chart. Saturday, 12:22 pm
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  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) still has long road
    Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) said that he still has to get his leg "a lot stronger" after two major knee surgeries.

    Advice: Q-Pon didn't play at all last season due to ongoing knee complications, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back before November—but more likely December or January—at the earliest. Even with a nickname that centers around a discount, he's not on the fantasy radar in any format. Saturday, 11:39 am
  • Josh Richardson expected back early in season
    According to the Miami Herald, Josh Richardson (right MCL) is expected to return to the court "very early in the season, at the latest."

    Advice: Richardson suffered a partially torn MCL in early September and was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks, so it's not out of the question that he could be available for the season opener. The Miami Herald is reporting that Dion Waiters in the front-runner to start, but Richardson will have an excellent chance to take over that role once healthy. Richardson can play several positions and the Heat will use small-ball lineups a lot with Chris Bosh out indefinitely, so his outlook is still promising. He's a solid stash if you're willing to be a little patient. Saturday, 6:49 am
  • Dion Waiters is the front-runner to start
    Dion Waiters is the "front-runner" to start at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with Josh Richardson currently recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is not expected to miss much time during the regular season, but Waiters should have a large role in the offense early on, especially now that Chris Bosh's future with the Heat is up in the air. The Heat will likely use a lot of small-ball lineups, so despite the presence of Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, there should be plenty of minutes to go around. However, Waiters is still just a late-round flier with little upside after averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season. Saturday, 6:42 am
  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) not traveling
    Quincy Pondexter (knee) is not traveling with the team to China.

    Advice: He will stay home to continue his rehab. Pondexter still hasn't gone through any on-court work yet, so he's behind schedule. The Pelicans will almost certainly bring him along slowly and he might not be ready to start the season. Due to his knee surgery, he hasn't played in a game since Apr. 25, 2015. Friday, 11:35 am
  • Gordon: Harden can 'easily' average 10+ dimes
    Eric Gordon said James Harden can "easily" average double-digit assists this season.

    Advice: It's not far-fetched to think that at all. With coach Mike D'Antoni expected to push the pace and put the ball in Harden's hands more, so he could easily improve on both his 29.0 points and 7.5 dimes last year. He's easily in the running to be the top pick in fantasy drafts. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Mo Williams suggests he'll return for 2016-17
    Mo Williams wrote on Twitter that he's "Coming back," suggesting that he won't retire this offseason.

    Advice: Mo added the hashtag #onemoreyear -- he's owed a guaranteed $2.2 million and it looks like he'll suit up for his 14th NBA season. With Kay Felder waiting in the wings at PG, it would take an injury or two for Williams to emerge with a fantasy-relevant role. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
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  • Khris Middleton (hamstring) out six months
    Khris Middleton (left hamstring surgery) is expected to miss six months, and the Bucks are reportedly inquiring about trades for a swingman to fill the void.

    Advice: Middleton's "status for the [2016-17] season is unclear," according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, and GM John Hammond said in a statement that Middleton "[will be] out for a significant period of the season." Giannis Antetokounmpo was already going to get all the minutes he can handle, and Middleton's absence thrusts more minutes onto guys like Rashad Vaughn, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and Michael Carter-Williams. That said, we won't know the full fallout until a firm timetable is established and the Bucks make any subsequent moves. Wednesday, 5:14 pm
  • Report: Khris Middleton has torn hamstring
    Khris Middleton has a torn hamstring that will require surgery, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report speaks for itself and Middleton should have a timetable measured in months, not weeks. It's a devastating blow for the Bucks and any fantasy owners who drafted early, making Middleton a tough guy to target early in leagues without an IR spot. His absence will have a domino effect for Milwaukee, potentially opening extra minutes for Matthew Dellavedova, Michael Carter-Williams, Jason Terry and Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon will likely fight for the SG during camp. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Marks continues to talk up LeVert
    General manager Sean Marks said Caris LeVert has "a long, long road ahead of him."

    Advice: Marks did really talk up the No. 20 pick, saying he's a good passer, can play multiple positions and can shoot it. In only a 15 game sample last year before his season-ending foot injury, LeVert posted an impressive 63.6 true shooting percentage at Michigan last season. He might have the highest ceiling for the non-lottery 2016 picks, but he likely won't play much until the 2017 portion of the season. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • Nets won't rush Caris Levert back to action
    Nets GM Sean Marks said Caris Levert (foot) is still limited and won't be rushed back into action.

    Advice: Marks added that Levert is "progressing well", but said the team won't rush him back into early season action. Levert should see plenty run for the rebuilding Nets once he's healthy, but it doesn't sound like he's there just yet. Needless to say, the 22-year-old can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • James Harden looking to unite Houston Rockets
    James Harden is looking to unite the Rockets after a 2015-16 season of discord.

    Advice: After a dysfunctional 2015-16 season, Harden expressed optimism for this year's version of the Rockets. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," Harden said. "That's what we're trying to build here in Houston. We have several new guys we want them to come and feel like this is a great group and we're going to build this together." Playing in a new-look offense expected to be top-3 in pace, Harden could very well challenge for the title of the No. 1 fantasy basketball player this year. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • J.R. Smith to skip Cavaliers' minicamp
    J.R. Smith will not attend the Cavaliers' minicamp this week.

    Advice: Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week according to ESPN, but Smith could even miss the beginning of their official training camp to improve his leverage in contract talks. The two sides are reportedly still far apart and no recent progress has been made. Smith wants to return and is looking for a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound like he's interested in taking a discount and he could explore other options if the talks don't progress soon. For what it's worth, a move away from Cleveland is pretty unlikely, but it could be a good thing for his fantasy value. Sep 19, 8:18 am
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  • Cavs prefer shorter deal for J.R. Smith
    According to Joe Vardon of, the Cavs would likely prefer a shorter contract for J.R. Smith.

    Advice: Neither side is budging in contract talks with Smith said to be commanding $15 million per year, but he doesn't have much leverage because of his reputation around the league. He recently said that he's hoping that a deal will be complete soon, but it's worth noting that he's using the same agent that Tristan Thompson used before ultimately signing a five-year, $82 million deal. The clock is ticking with training camp right around the corner. Sep 18, 7:12 am
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  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) cleared for 5-on-5 work
    Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) has been cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

    Advice: Bledsoe participated in his first full scrimmage on Thursday, a development we've been waiting to see happen since undergoing left knee surgery in December of 2015. The man known as mini-LeBron will again be a high-risk, high-reward pick in the early portion of fantasy drafts. In two of his three seasons with the Suns, Bledsoe has played in 43 games or fewer. Sep 17, 1:26 pm
  • J.R. Smith hoping to get deal soon
    J.R. Smith said he's hoping to get a deal soon.

    Advice: He's previously said he's in no rush to get a deal, but training camp is just around the corner. "I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of the Cavs for everything they’ve done for me, and I don’t want them to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. It’s more of a mutual respect thing," Smith said. He's very likely to be on the Cavs and should have a similar role to last season. Smith is a decent 3-pointers specialist. Sep 16, 1:45 pm
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