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  • Nerlens Noel is working on his 15-footer
    Nerlens Noel said he's working on his 15-foot jumper this preseason.

    Advice: He probably wants to work on his set shot from 15 feet because he only made 52.9 percent at the line at Kentucky and was right around that mark at summer league. Noel scored the vast majority of his buckets around the rim, so there will be some growing pains with his offensive arsenal. He could be worth a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts, but his percentages will likely be sub-par.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Chandler Parsons bulks up to play PF
    Chandler Parsons said he bulked up in an effort to play some power forward for the Mavs this season.

    Advice: He played a lot of stretch four in Houston, so it's not a surprise. "I just think strength was the biggest [challenge] for me," Parsons said. "Offensively, it's just as tough for them guarding me when I take it out, pick-and-pop and do stuff like that." He is likely going to be a big part of the offense, but the Houston system was almost tailor made for his style. Still, Parsons is worth a look in the early-middle rounds.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Roy Hibbert texts Tim Duncan for advice
    Roy Hibbert said he texted Tim Duncan to ask him how "they go about their business" in San Antonio.

    Advice: Hibbert was hoping that Duncan would share some tips about how the Spurs move the ball, but we're guessing Timmy probably told him they don't make headlines for the wrong reasons, don't fight with each other, and do whatever Gregg Popovich tells them to do. If Duncan answered the text at all.
    Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • Carrick Felix (shoulder) out one month
    Carrrick Felix (left shoulder) is expected to miss the next month due to a Grade I sprain of his AC joint.

    Advice: He can't catch a break after missing most of his rookie season due to a sports hernia. Felix thrives in transition and did look good in the 2013 summer league, but he's not going to be in the rotation.
    Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose wishes season started earlier
    Derrick Rose is healthy and ready to get the preseason going as soon as possible, he said on Tuesday.

    Advice: "When you miss two years you want games right away," Rose said. "I wish we had a game tomorrow, but we've got to wait a couple of more days." It will be interesting to see how many games Rose plays in this season, as well as if he gets the night off on back-to-backs, along with routine rest during practices. His shot was broken this summer in FIBA play and he hasn't really played in the NBA in two years. But if he has a good preseason and enters the year fully healthy, he could be a steal on draft night, as he's not going until Round 3, at the earliest, in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Chris Copeland now a small forward full time
    Chris Copeland has been moved to small forward full time.

    Advice: It's a move based on the fallout of Paul George's (leg) injury. Copeland played an overwhelming amount of his playing time at power forward with the Pacers, but he has some range and his game can translate to the three. If Solomon Hill flops, Copeland could emerge as an asset in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • James Harden want to play in Olympics
    James Harden said on Tuesday that he hopes to play in the Olympics in 2016.

    Advice: He had a nice run at the FIBA World Cup, averaging 14.2 points per game in a stellar 60.2 effective field goal percentage. On the other hand, Harden also admitted his defense was "pretty bad" on Tuesday, but it didn't hurt his output last season. He was the best player in fantasy after the break and should be off the board in the top five picks.
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Jrue Holiday goes through practice on Tues.
    Jrue Holiday (leg) went through practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He had a practice with contact a couple weeks ago, but he said on Monday that he's only at 70 percent. Holiday's injury was one of the stranger circumstances of last season, so we'll be looking for any sort of info we can leading up to the regular season. He's a risky target in the middle rounds for now.
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins goal: 5 or fewer technicals
    DeMarcus Cousins' goal this season is to have no more than five technical fouls, according to a picture posted by teammate Reggie Evans.

    Advice: DMC tied for the league lead with 16 techs last season, and during the 2013-14 season he had a league-high 17 technicals, four ejections and three flagrant fouls. He was focused and effective with Team USA this summer and may finally be turning the corner, maturity-wise, which makes him an even more appealing fantasy option in the latter half of the first round.
    Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • James Harden: 'My defense is pretty bad'
    James Harden told reporters on Tuesday, "I know at times my defense is pretty bad."

    Advice: Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and Harden vowed to improve on the defensive end of the court. We'll believe it when we see it, as we're too used to seeing Harden drift fecklessly around on defense. The good news is that his shortcomings don't prevent him from being a solid top-6 fantasy pick in nearly all formats.
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist's shot 'going in a lot more'
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said that his jump shot is "going in a lot more" following this summer's overhaul of his shooting mechanics.

    Advice: It's safe to assume that MKG will never be a pure shooter, and his struggles outside of the paint have been well documented. Hornets coach Steve Clifford said on Monday that he's "never seen anybody's shooting mechanics change more drastically [in one year]," but we're taking a skeptical view until we've seen him on the court. MKG also faces increased competition for minutes this season with Lance Stephenson in Charlotte and Jeff Taylor recovered from his Achilles surgery.
    Yesterday, 11:42 am
  • Carrick Felix injured left shoulder Tuesday
    Jazz SG Carrick Felix injured his left shoulder during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He's being examined and the extent of his injury is uncertain, but this doesn't help his odds of making Utah's roster once training camp concludes. We'll update his status once more is known.
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Al Jefferson in great shape for Hornets' camp
    Al Jefferson said that he's in better shape than he was during training camp a year ago.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed the difference by praising Big Al's conditioning, which is crucial since Jefferson was recovering from a torn plantar fasciia to begin the offseason. As long as he can stay healthy Jefferson is a solid top-20 fantasy pick, thanks to steady contributions in points, FG percentage, rebounds and blocks.
    Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Paul George back in walking boot Tuesday
    Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

    Advice: George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes.
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Pacers unlikely to trade Roy Hibbert
    The Indiana Pacers are unlikely to trade Roy Hibbert, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: Kyler said in a chat session that he asked his Pacers sources about trade rumors and was told that a trade is unlikely as the team views the 27-year-old as one of the best defensive centers in the game. Hibbert is coming off a disastrous finish to the 2013-14 season as he averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 39 percent shooting after the All-Star Break (as compared to 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on 46.4 percent shooting before the break). Hibbert is worth a later pick in standard fantasy leagues, but he's more comparable to Omer Asik than he is to Andre Drummond at this point.
    Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Denver Nuggets reach deal with Alonzo Gee
    The Denver Nuggets have reached a deal with G/F Alonzo Gee, according to

    Advice: Gee reportedly decided to sign with the Nuggets on Monday and will report to Denver training camp on Tuesday. The 27-year-old averaged 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in 65 games with the Cavaliers last season, so his fantasy value is virtually non-existent even if he makes the Nuggets' final roster.
    Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • John Henson says he doesn't know his role
    John Henson said he has no idea what his role is going to be with the Bucks this season.

    Advice: "I just have to come to play in training camp, and hopefully I'll be in a position to help the team," Henson said. There are some reports that he will start ahead of Larry Sanders, but it's a total guessing game right now -- just like all five of the starting spots. Henson is a high-upside player to take at the end of drafts despite his ineptitude on offense.
    Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Nick Young says he might win MVP
    Nick Young said he might try to win MVP this season.

    Advice: "I might win MVP or try to go for Sixth Man of the Year or most improved or Defensive Player of the Year," Young said. "I got robbed last year." Whatever you say, Swaggy.
    Monday, 10:19 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Paul George says he's targeting playoffs
    Paul George said at media day that he hopes to be able to play in the playoffs for the Pacers, assuming they make it to the postseason.

    Advice: "It's very possible that I can play (this season)," George said. "I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year." George was wearing shoes on both feet and not using crutches for the first time since breaking his leg a couple months ago. George can talk all he wants about getting back on the court at some time in the next seven months, but it's still unlikely to happen. And the chances of the Pacers making the playoffs don't look too great, either.
    Monday, 5:40 pm
  • Thibodeau says Rose won't have restrictions
    Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau said that he expects Derrick Rose to play without restrictions for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Bulls GM Gar Forman also added he feels Rose has complete trust in his knee, and he saw "reactivity and explosiveness" during Rose's games at the FIBA World Cup. Bulls management from top to bottom has been very positive with all reports regarding Rose, despite his struggles shooting the ball (25.4 percent from the field) during the FIBA tournament. Rose will be asked to be a focal point of the Bulls offense this season, but remains an extremely risky early-round selection in re-draft leagues.
    Monday, 2:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) feels he's at 70 percent
    Jrue Holiday (leg) said he feels he's only at 70 percent in terms of his recovery from shin surgery, and he'll be brought along slowly in training camp and preseason to avoid any setbacks.

    Advice: Jrue suffered a stress fracture to his right tibia that caused him to miss 48 games last season, but before going down he averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 3.1 turnovers. He should be able to return to those averages this season, and he'll be worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Monday, 1:05 pm
  • Howard says Harden will have his best season
    Dwight Howard said that he expects James Harden to have "one of his greatest seasons."

    Advice: Howard said that Harden was down about his play following the 2013-14 season, and he thinks that will motivate James to be even better this season. A video of Harden's atrocious defense went viral last year, so perhaps Harden is looking to step things up a bit on that end. However, from a fantasy perspective, whether he's playing that turnstile defense or not, he's an elite asset for his offensive prowess and worthy of a first round selection.
    Monday, 11:32 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gave up meat
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he lost eight pounds in the offseason and gave up eating meat back in April.

    Advice: He's changing his body and jumper heading into this season, but it remains to be seen if it will translate to improved production. Kidd-Gilchrist is not worth drafting in most leagues, especially with Lance Stephenson around.
    Monday, 10:09 am
  • Paul George not wearing a boot at media day
    Paul George (leg) was not wearing a walking boot at media day on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't have a noticeable limp and he might be ahead of schedule. Still, the Pacers were granted the disabled player exception, so he won't be returning to the court in 2014-15. The Pacers will need multiple players to step up to help on both sides of the ball.
    Monday, 10:04 am
  • Nerlens Noel not worried about lack of size
    Nerlens Noel said he's not worried about being undersized in the paint.

    Advice: "I'm going to fight. I don't think I'm a soft kid," Noel said. He'll have no restrictions and will be in the starting frontcourt next to Henry Sims, so he'll need to play well in the low post. Noel dominated at summer league, but the bigger NBA bodies will likely give him some trouble. He's a decent target in the middle rounds as long as you're not reaching and are aware of his troublesome free throw shooting.
    Monday, 8:46 am
  • Clifford still impressed with MKG's shot
    Coach Steve Clifford said he's noticed the change in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's shot.

    Advice: "I've never seen a player's shooting mechanics change more in a year than his have," Clifford said. Kidd-Gilchrist probably had the worst mechanics in the league, so it definitely needed a change. Maybe he'll be able to make more than 25 percent of his jumpers this year, but he's still not worth drafting in most leagues.
    Monday, 8:33 am
  • Nuggets 'actively pursuing' FA Alonzo Gee
    The Nuggets are "actively pursuing" free agent Alonzo Gee, according to Shams Charania of

    Advice: Gee's $3 million contract was waived by the Kings on Thursday, but he's in shape and has enough talent to at least earn a training-camp invite. Denver only has 13 guaranteed contracts on the books, moreover, so Gee would have a good chance to make the roster ahead of guys like Quincy Miller, Erick Green and Joe Alexander.
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Derrick Rose expected to see 30 mpg
    K.C. Johnson reported that Derrick Rose should see around 30 minutes per game as the bulls try to be conservative with their superstar.

    Advice: Rose saw around 30 minutes per game the last time he went down so this is a pretty safe estimate. Rose demonstrated the same athleticism that we were used to during the FIBA World Cup but his jump shot was downright awful. He is going to be a very risky pick near the first few rounds of standard drafts, and it would also not be surprising to see him held out of some back-to-backs at some point.
    Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Nerlens Noel not expected to have restriction
    Nerlens Noel is not expected to have restrictions in his rookie season, according to coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: "We're going into it very open," Brown said, "and then just being smart with him as the season unfolds in regards to playing time." In other words, the team isn't going to have a pre-determined limit on what he can do this season. It's still possible they keep his minutes down or sit him in back-to-back in the event of some soreness. Noel is a high-ceiling target in the middle rounds as long as you're aware his free throw shooting won't be great.
    Saturday, 7:43 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says he's a better defender
    DeMarcus Cousins said he came away from the FIBA World Cup as a better defender.

    Advice: He hasn't been much of a shot blocker, but he did set a career-high of 1.3 blocks per game in 13-14. Cousins was also a fantastic isolation defender, but wasn't great on post-ups and pick-and-rolls. Regardless, he's still a player to target at the end of the first round even if he doesn't improve his blocks.
    Saturday, 6:52 am
  • Chandler Parsons ready to bring the defense
    Chandler Parsons is ready to step it up on the defensive end this season.

    Advice: "We've got a great staff that really emphasizes defense," Parsons said. "Where I'm coming from, offense was always our main goal. Now we've got to win games and championships on the defensive side. I'm totally locked in and dialed in to do that." Parsons has been spending time this offseason with Jeremy Holsopple, the Mavs athletic performance director with the specific goal of improving his strength and quickness with an emphasis on defensive functionality. Parsons is worthy of an early-to-middle round selection come draft day.
    Friday, 3:07 pm
  • Paul George cleared for upper body lifting
    Paul George has been cleared by doctors to start putting weight on his broken right leg as well as upper body lifting.

    Advice: George has slowly started the process of recovery from the gruesome right leg injury he suffered during a team USA scrimmage this summer. Unfortunately for the Pacers, it seems more than likely that George will sit out the entire 2014-2015 NBA season. PG was blossoming into one of the best two-way players in the NBA, as well as a premiere fantasy hoops stud as well. Hopefully he can return to form when he is cleared to return to the court.
    Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Sacramento Kings waive Alonzo Gee
    The Sacramento Kings waived Alonzo Gee on Thursday.

    Advice: This move was expected, as Gee was owed a non-guaranted $3 million. He was acquired by the Kings in a deal that involved sending Jason Terry to Houston. Now that he has been waived, it is expected that no team will claim him and he will be free to sign anywhere as a free agent.
    Thursday, 11:46 am
  • Paul George accused of being deadbeat dad
    A judge in Manhattan, discussing a paternity case involving Paul George, concluded that George "has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions."

    Advice: George's legal team has unsuccessfully tried to move the case to federal court, and then to Florida, manuevers which the judge in New York didn't view kindly. According to the paternity ruling, George "has never even seen the child, asked to see the child, or offered to provide for the child's needs." George's house was robbed in April, he suffered an awful leg injury in August, and he recently apologized after making insensitive remarks regarding Ray Rice's domestic-abuse case. He's not expected to play this season, so hopefully he can sort out his off-court problems without making any more headlines for the wrong reasons.
    Wednesday, 10:40 am
  • Bowen blames HOU for James Harden's lack of D
    Bruce Bowen blamed coach Kevin McHale for James Harden's struggles on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I remember [Harden] in OKC," said Bowen. "In fairness to James, yes, [his defense] has been terrible, but what are the principles in Houston? I'm very disappointed in their team concept. That's what I don't see. So, if there are no rules and regulations, how do you hold anyone accountable? ... Go back to OKC and they're playing the Lakers, he guarded Kobe pretty well." That's an interesting take from the defensive-stalwart Bowen. Despite Harden's lackluster play on defense, his offensive prowess makes him a top-five asset in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 2:28 pm
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