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  • Rodney McGruder makes Miami's final roster
    Rodney McGruder has made Miami's final roster.

    Advice: McGruder beat out Briante Weber and Beno Udrih for the spot. While the Heat believe McGruder could contribute immediately, it would be a major surprise to see him in the rotation right out of the gate. 44 minutes ago
  • Jazz waive G/F Chris Johnson at final cuts
    Jazz waive G/F Chris Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson was expected to be waived two months ago, but he made it all the way up until final cuts before his fate was sealed. Jeff Withey will remain on Utah's roster as a result. 51 minutes ago
  • Magic waive G Nick Johnson at final cuts
    Magic waive G Nick Johnson.

    Advice: You may not have even known he was on the team. 55 minutes ago
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) resumes regular routine
    Kyrie Irving (calf) has returned to a full practice.

    Advice: Irving revealed that the original soreness was due to the after-effect of him "needling" his calf (read: acupuncture) prior to game action. The good news is that he's expected to be absolutely fine and is in no danger of missing any regular season time. With Kay Felder in the league's concussion protocol, Irving should be looking at sizable minutes right out of the gate. Today, 11:40 am
  • Report: Heat plan to waive vet Beno Udrih
    The Heat are expected to waive veteran PG Beno Udrih, a source told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    Advice: This means Rodney McGruder's roster spot is locked up. Udrih may resurface as a third-string PG elsewhere (Sixers, anyone?), but it's clear his best days are behind him. Today, 11:31 am
  • Report: John Lucas III makes Wolves roster
    John Lucas III is expected to make Minnesota's final roster, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

    Advice: Fellow camp invitees Rasual Butler and Toure Murry are expected to be released, so Lucas should stick around as emergency depth behind Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones. Today, 11:12 am
  • Derrick Rose returns to practice Saturday
    Derrick Rose joined the Knicks at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He was cleared of all charges in a civil rape case last week. Rose missed a lot of time during the preseason because of the case and will need some time to get his legs under him again. Brandon Jennings looked solid in the preseason, but the starting job is still Rose's to lose. At best, he's a late-round pick in standard leagues. Today, 10:14 am
  • Bucks could extend Tony Snell?
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, it's possible that the Bucks could extend Tony Snell's contract prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: He hasn't even played a game for his new club yet, but this is interesting because we've already heard reports that the Bucks want Snell to start on the wings this season. He was very disappointing in Chicago last season and we're not sure what the Bucks see in him, so fantasy owners in deeper leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Snell averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting in 33 starts last season. Today, 9:23 am
  • Raptors will waive Drew Crawford
    The Raptors will waive G Drew Crawford.

    Advice: Unlike the other four players cut by the Raptors on Saturday, Crawford is not expected to join the Raptors 905 in the D-League. Today, 9:10 am
  • Brady Heslip headed to the D-League
    Brady Heslip will join the Raptors 905 in the D-League.

    Advice: A report by Shams Charania of The Vertical confirmed on Saturday that Fred VanVleet won the 15th roster spot in Toronto. Heslip can shoot it with the best of them and will hopefully get another chance in the NBA soon. Today, 9:02 am
  • P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready for opener
    P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Today, 8:39 am
  • Spoelstra praises the play of Tyler Johnson
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the game is "slowing down" for Tyler Johnson.

    Advice: "The game is slowing down for him because he is so quick, so aggressive, gets into gaps — but he’s doing it with more thought now," Spoelstra said. "He’s seeing the defense. He’s seeing what he can attack and let the game come to him while he’s still being himself." Johnson said he likes coming off the bench as a combo guard and wants to be utilized the same way that Manu Ginobili is in San Antonio. It doesn't sound like the Heat will trade Goran Dragic just yet, but Johnson could still see minutes in the mid-20s which puts him on the standard-league radar. Today, 8:13 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) unsure of return
    Josh Richardson (knee) said he's not sure when he will be able to take contact in practice.

    Advice: "They haven’t really told me," Richardson said. "They’re just trying to get me back on the court working a little bit." He's been on the shelf for seven weeks and was originally given a 6-8 week timetable, but his status for the season opener doesn't look good. Once healthy, Richardson should be able to win the starting SG role and is worth a stash if you have some dead weight on your roster. Today, 8:08 am
  • Wizards waive Casper Ware
    The Wizards have waived Casper Ware.

    Advice: The Wizards are playing with fire with only two active point guards on their final roster in John Wall and Trey Burke. Today, 7:53 am
  • Hawks may extend Hardaway Jr.'s contract
    The Hawks are looking to extend Tim Hardaway Jr.'s contract prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: Hawks GM Wes Wilcox confirmed that the team has held talks with THJ's representatives. The Hawks will also have to pay Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder next summer, so it will be interesting to see how much they're willing to give to THJ. He's been solid in the preseason with a couple of really nice performances, so he should be in the rotation behind an aging Kyle Korver. Today, 7:28 am
  • Hawks hoping to extend Dennis Schroder
    Hawks GM Wes Wilcox said that he's hoping to extend Dennis Schroder's contract before the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: "It’s the deadline for both Dennis and Tim Hardaway Jr," Wilcox said. "We’ve had conversations with both representatives. It’s too difficult to say if something will get done and those conversations, as always, we keep internal. But yes, we’ve had conversations with both." The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague to give Schroder the keys to the offense, and considering they only have two PGs on their 15-man roster, they must be comfortable with him as their starter moving forward. He's worth a mid-round pick this season. Today, 7:24 am
  • Lamar Patterson to re-sign with the Kings
    Lamar Patterson will re-sign with the Kings.

    Advice: The Kings waived him a few days ago, so maybe they had a change of heart. He's still not expected to make the final 15-man roster. Today, 6:27 am
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Jared Dudley gets 29 minutes
    Jared Dudley scored 11 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: His minutes should be in the upper 20s to start the year while the Suns groom their two top-10 picks at power forward. If you want a little boost early in the season, Dudley could definitely be a top-150 player in the first two months of the season. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 19.6 points per game
    Devin Booker made 5-of-17 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The shots will be there for Booker, but he had some major issues from the field after the break last year. Booker had a monster 34-point game to buoy his preseason five-game run to 19.6 points per game and help him get to 45.5 percent from the field. He appears to be penciled in to minutes in the 30-34 range and his assists should jump up to the 3-4 range. The upside is massive for the game's best teenager right now, but he will cost you a ton to leave little equity on top. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores nine
    Eric Bledsoe scored nine points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and five turnovers on Friday night.

    Advice: His assist rate did take a bit of a hit with his minutes next to Devin Booker, but it's not a strong enough correlation to draw any conclusions. Even if the rate does drop, Bledsoe lost weight and the Suns are absolutely flying in pace of play to negate that possible lost. The bottom line is Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history and his prospective owners can still pounce in the early rounds. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Brandon Knight gets 27 minutes
    Brandon Knight played 27 minutes on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a dress rehearsal for the Suns, so the 27 minutes seem like a fair expectation for Knight. Coach Earl Watson looks like he wants to get Leandro Barbosa in the mix and gave him 16 minutes tonight, so that would eliminate a three-guard rotation. While Knight's value should still be solid in the second unit, his upside is capped. That said, he makes sense in the 75-100 window of a standard draft. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni returns on Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) returned on Friday with 10 points, one assist and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He may not have been 100 percent, but coach Mike D'Antoni wanted to get a look at him. It's still unclear how the Rockets will handle the point guard minutes behind James Harden, but there likely won't be enough to matter for Prigioni to have value. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Spanish Chocolate starts, scores 13
    Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes during his start on Friday.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell started the second half, so this position battle is still unclear. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is going to miss the start of the season and it's still possible he needs surgery. Both Rodriguez and McConnell should be looking at a split of the minutes. Spanish Chocolate has the higher upside, so he's the better pick in deep leagues. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Tyler Johnson locks up backup PG job
    Tyler Johnson scored eight points with two rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 19 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Most signs point to Beno Udrih and Briante Weber not making the team, which means Johnson will take on the backup point guard minutes. He was also groomed as a shooting guard at times, so he could wind up getting minutes in the mid-20s. Johnson played well enough and offers enough upside to be a last-round flier in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Rodney McGruder jams finger on Friday
    Rodney McGruder (jammed left middle finger) will not return to Friday's game against the Sixers.

    Advice: Hopefully he's OK because it looks like he's earned the last roster spot. Beno Udrih and Briante Weber were not playing while Tyler Johnson was playing straight PG. Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid will start on Friday.

    Advice: This seems like a tune up for the 76ers and maybe it means Rodriguez starts the opener. For what it's worth, this group was together in their scrimmage on Thursday. There still isn't enough upside to draft Rodriguez in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Dennis Schroder not feeling pressure
    Dennis Schroder said he's not feeling pressure as the new starting point guard.

    Advice: "They say it’s my team," Schroder said. "I’m the point guard. For me, pressure is not really there because I’ve got so many guys who play on a [high] level." He's looked fine in the preseason and has even assisted Dwight Howard eight times during the preseason. We did see coach Mike Budenholzer put him in the doghouse for guys like Shelvin Mack, but Schroder seems to be locked in for minutes in the mid 30s. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Rodney McGruder locking up spot?
    Rodney McGruder was terrific off the bench on Thursday, scoring a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He is fighting for the 15th roster spot and he probably earned it with this game. McGruder was a D-League scoring dynamo and can play multiple positions for coach Erik Spoelstra. Even if he makes the team, he likely won't be in the rotation. Thursday, 6:33 pm
  • Derrick Rose won't play Thursday vs. Brooklyn
    Derrick Rose will not suit up for Thursday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Rose never had a realistic shot of suiting up for Thursday's game as Jeff Hornacek has said that he wants Rose to go through some practices before he takes the court. He'll likely be the Knicks starting point guard to open the year, but it's tough to justify spending anything more than a late-round selection on the former-MVP. Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder) is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Spurs.

    Advice: If there's any doubt about the health of Prigioni's shoulder, you can bet that he won't be taking the court Friday night. Prigioni will turn 40 years old this season, and is not worth a draft pick in any setting. Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) doesn't practice Thursday
    Kyrie Irving (left calf tightness) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cavs maintain that Irving is fine, but with the regular-season just five days away, they're going to be extremely cautious with their star guard. Additionally, the Cavs are reportedly looking to add another backup point guard to the roster via trade, because they'd like to keep Irving's minutes "relatively low" during the regular-season and they don't believe Kay Felder is ready to handle major minutes at the NBA level. Mo Williams and Jordan McRae are the most likely to be traded. Thursday, 11:39 am
  • Josh Richardson out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh Richardson (knee) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: This doesn't come as a huge surprise as Richardson isn't expected to be ready for opening night, but his absence isn't expected to extend too far into the regular season. He'll serve as Miami's starting shooting guard upon his return, so he's worth a late-round pick in standard league drafts. Thursday, 7:57 am
  • Derrick Rose unlikely to play against Nets
    Derrick Rose is unlikely to play against the Nets on Friday, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: Rose's civil trial has concluded, but Hornacek said he'd need to beg to get into Friday's preseason finale. While it doesn't look like we'll see Rose in the preseason, he'll open the regular season as the Knicks starting point guard and is worth a look in the later rounds of standard fantasy drafts. Thursday, 7:01 am
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting?
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid were playing together on a scrimmage.

    Advice: It's a toss up for Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell to start in the opener. It looks like Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is not going to be ready for the opener, which means there should be a lot of minutes available. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Kings waive Lamar Patterson
    Kings waive G Lamar Patterson.

    Advice: The Kings were talking him up after they claimed him off waivers, but he couldn't crack the roster. Patterson had a couple blips on the fantasy radar and even closed out some games last year. He has a good chance to catch on with another team. Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Derrick Rose cleared of all charges in case
    Derrick Rose has been cleared of all charges in a civil rape case.

    Advice: The two codefendants were also cleared in this case. The case was in California and Rose still will not make it in time for Thursday's game. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he'd like to see Rose practice before he gets out on the court. For now, it looks like he should be ready to start the season. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is still out
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) and Prigioni out, James Harden is going to handle most of the point guard minutes. Tyler Ennis should be in the rotation with around 15-20 minutes tonight. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Derrick Rose won't play until opening night
    Derrick Rose will miss the Knicks final two preseason games due to the civil suit taking place in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Jeff Hornacek said that he has kept in communication with Rose, and that as long as he can get back to New York for a few practices prior to opening night, he'll be the Knicks' starting point guard when the regular season tips. The jury in Rose's civil suit is expected to reach a verdict by Wednesday, so we'll be watching for details on that. Rose is three knee surgeries and four years removed from his MVP season, and there are higher upside guys you can snag towards the final rounds. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • Derrick Rose doubtful Wednesday vs. Boston
    Derrick Rose is still in Los Angeles for jury deliberations, and is doubtful to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Celtics.

    Advice: While Rose could perhaps catch a flight to New York once the jury reaches their verdict, it seems unlikely that he'll be on the floor Wednesday night. Additionally, Jeff Hornacek said that if Rose makes it to New York by Thursday, he wouldn't want him on the bench Brooklyn and would rather go over things one-on-one with him at the practice facility on Friday. The civil suit against Rose should reach its conclusion Wednesday, although a punitive damage hearing could keep him in L.A. Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Dennis Schroder scores 13 points
    Dennis Schroder scored 13 points vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: One of the biggest concerns about Schroder is that he shot 42.1 percent from the field last season, but through four preseason games he's up to 45.9 percent. It's a small sample size, but he does look more confident. He should be able to clear 30 minutes per night this season as the full-time starter and it helps that Jarrett Jack (knee) won't be ready for the opener. If you're targeting assists, he's a nice mid-round option. Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Ty Johnson scores 15 off Heat bench
    Tyler Johnson came off the Miami bench to hit 6-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Johnson was the Heat's best player on Friday, got the day off on Saturday, and then looked very good again tonight. He's locked in as Goran Dragic's backup at point guard, but if Dragic goes down, TJ could become a hot pickup in fantasy. He'll also play some shooting guard alongside Dragic at times this season. Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 16 off the bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans, adding one steal and two treys in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: THJ's got our attention now after scoring 19 points with four assists, three rebounds and one block in his previous outing. A lot of things have to fall the right away for THJ to make an impact in fantasy while Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore are healthy, but he's made a strong case to be a consistent part of the rotation unlike last season. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) will not return Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving experienced some left calf tightness on Tuesday vs. the Wizards and will not return.

    Advice: First things first, the injury sounds very minor, but the Cavs aren't going to take any chances here. We'll put him on the injury report, but we'd very surprised if his status for opening night was in jeopardy if this diagnosis remains the same. Kay Felder won the backup PG role with a strong camp and will benefit if Irving misses time. Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Josh Richardson (knee) out Tuesday vs. ORL
    Josh Richardson (knee) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Magic.

    Advice: Richardson has been slowly ramping up his activities, but he still hasn't been cleared for contact, so it's looking like he might not be ready for opening night. Still, his absence shouldn't extend too far into the regular season, and he does present enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues as he'll likely be Miami's starting two-guard once he's fully up to speed. Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) out Wednesday vs. Indiana
    Tony Snell (left ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and will remain sidelined for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: Snell still has a week to get himself ready for opening night, so he should be fine. It's worth noting that Jason Kidd implied that Snell will be Milwaukee's starting two-guard on opening night, which makes sense given the lack of options. Still, through 33 starts last season Snell only managed to compile averages of 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting, so he's remains an unattractive target in most settings. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Derrick Rose will start if he can practice
    Derrick Rose will be the Knicks starting point guard on opening night if he's able to practice before then.

    Advice: Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he will start Rose if the point guard is able to attend all practices after the preseason. Rose is still dealing with his civil trial in Los Angeles, so it's unclear if he'll be able to live up to Hornacek's expectations. Brandon Jennings will start and see extra minutes if Rose is unable to begin the season as the Knicks starter. Tuesday, 10:48 am
  • Josh Richardson able to do non-contact work
    Josh Richardson (knee) was able to go through non-contact portions of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said RIcharson was "able to get out there and do a decent portion of the non-contact work," but Miami isn't looking to rush Richardson back. While it looks like Richardson isn't going to be ready for the start of the regular season, he's worth a stash in standard leagues as the favorite to start at SG. Tuesday, 7:00 am
  • Beno Udrih sitting on roster bubble
    Beno Udrih (back) is on the Heat's roster bubble, according to head coach Erik Spoelstra.

    Advice: The Heat will have to decide between Udrih and Briante Weber, and Spoelstra isn't looking forward to making the decision. "Well, they’re two totally different players," Spoelstra said of Udrih and Weber. "Bri is dynamic defensively. There’s so many unpredictable things that are disruptive, it’s uncanny. Offensively, he brings a lot of energy, and he’s developing the rest of his game." While the 34-year-old could still end up on Miami's final roster, he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues this season. Tuesday, 6:07 am
  • P.J. Tucker (back) does some 3-on-3
    P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup. Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Devin Booker (ankle) back at practice
    Devin Booker (ankle) went through Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: His ankle injury was never really a concern. Booker is still leading the NBA in scoring per game and it looks like the Suns will play him over 30 minutes as the starting shooting guard. He's also likely to get a handful of minutes at small forward due to his added post game and interior passing. Booker is a breakout pick, but he is going to cost you. Monday, 12:54 pm
  • Derrick Rose not practicing enough
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he is unsure if he'll play Derrick Rose without practicing in two weeks.

    Advice: Hornacek is talking about games this week, so Rose is still likely for the opener. Due to his civil trial in Los Angeles, the team could send an assistant out to help get him ready to go. If he continues to miss time, there will be more minutes for Brandon Jennings. Rose isn't a strong fantasy target. Monday, 11:35 am
  • Josh Richardson unlikely for season opener
    Josh Richardson (knee) is not expected to be ready in time for the season opener.

    Advice: He went through most of the non-contact work in Monday's practice, but the Heat probably don't want to rush him back. Richardson is the favorite to start at SG once he's fully healthy and he has plenty of upside, but he's just a stash in standard leagues until we hear a concrete timetable. Monday, 11:02 am
  • Tony Snell traded to the Bucks
    Tony Snell has been traded to the Bucks in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams.

    Advice: Snell couldn't have landed in a better situation with Khris Middleton (groin) sidelined for several months, but he still has a ton of work to do. Last year in Chicago, Snell averaged just 5.3 points, 3.1 boards, 1.0 assists and 0.9 3-pointers in 20.3 minutes, shooting 37.2 percent from the field. He actually has a decent chance of leapfrogging Rashad Vaughn in the rotation, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Monday, 7:56 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. warms up, scores 19 points
    Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench on Sunday for 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting wasn't great but it was a far cry from his disastrous efficiency in three previous games, when he shot a combined 3-of-30 from the field. Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore were resting tonight, and Thabo Sefolosha was limited to 19 minutes, so it's hard to get excited about Hardaway's scoring burst. Sunday, 5:49 pm
  • Schroder, Bazemore, Korver, Howard out Sunday
    Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver and Dwight Howard will all be rested for Sunday's exhibition matchup against the Magic.

    Advice: It's just an off-day for the veterans for Sunday's meaningless game. Expect to see more Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince and Walter Tavares with the offense flowing through Paul Millsap while he's on the court. Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Brown: Sergio tried to run too many plays
    Brett Brown said that Sergio Rodriguez was running too many plays vs. the Pistons on Saturday instead of just going out there and playing.

    Advice: "He's elusive in open court," Brown said. "He's got a feel. He's slippery with his handle and his vision. So I want him to play more like he's always played." Rodriguez got the start at PG, but struggled with three points on 1-for-5 shooting with seven dimes, one rebound, one steal, and three turnovers. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) could be looking at an extended absence, so Rodriguez could be sneaky pickup in deeper leagues for owners targeting assists. Sunday, 10:13 am
  • ESPN: CHI, MIL talking Snell-MCW trade
    The Bucks and Bulls are in "deep talks" on a Michael Carter-Williams for Tony Snell trade, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Bucks just can't find an answer for replacing Khris Middleton (hamstring). Rashad Vaughn (ankle) has been hurt and has struggled perhaps more than any player with decent minutes since the All-Star break. Snell would likely be thrust into a starting role on his new team and he is playing a lot better. Unless you're in a deeper league and the wire is dry, Snell is only a lukewarm pickup. Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (rest) out Saturday as well
    Tyler Johnson (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: Hassan Whiteside, Udonis Haslem and Goran Dragic will join him on #TeamRest. Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • D'Antoni: Eric Gordon could start for Rockets
    Mike D'Antoni said that Eric Gordon could start over Patrick Beverley (knee) for the Rockets.

    Advice: D'Antoni said that Gordon isn't starting on Saturday because he wants to keep him in the role that he's expected to have when Beverley returns, but then added in the same breath that EJ could eventually start over Beverley. It doesn't sound like even D'Antoni is sure on exactly what he wants to do, but it's nice to have options. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Gordon should play closer to starter's minutes and looks like a good late-round source of 3-pointers and scoring so long as he remains on the court. Saturday, 3:35 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play Sat.
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder sprain) will not play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was doubtful coming in, so this isn't a surprise. Tyler Ennis could see some extended minutes with Patrick Beverley (knee) sidelined, as well. Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Josh Richardson (knee surgery) out Saturday
    Josh Richardson (right knee surgery) will not play on Saturday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: It's just a reminder here. Richardson is targeting the season opener, but we should have a better idea if that's realistic next week when the Heat begin their final stretch of preseason play. Saturday, 3:06 pm
  • Knicks could send assistant coach out to Rose
    The Knicks could send an assistant coach out to Los Angeles in order to train with Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Rose, who has now missed 10 days and counting as he moves forward in his civil trial, has not had the opportunity to work with his teammates as the preseason has progressed. "Our hope was that he would be done on Monday or Tuesday and maybe be back. It is what it is," Hornacek said. "He’s got to deal with that." Hornacek added that the Knicks aren't sure when Rose will return, but the team could send an assistant if he's going to miss another week of action. The reality is that the Knicks were under a gross misconception with their idea that the trial would be concluded quickly, and the organization continues to look poor in how they've handled this process. Saturday, 1:46 pm
  • Coach not concerned with Hardaway's shot
    Mike Budenholzer expressed no concern with Tim Hardaway Jr.'s shooting struggles during the preseason.

    Advice: Despite being just 3-of-30 from the field overall (including 0-of-11 from distance), Bud has confidence in his young shooter. "Timmy is such a conscientious and had-working [player]," Budenholzer said. "My only real concern is that he just relaxes and flushes it out. He’s had a great summer. We are extremely confident in him. But he is one of those guys who wants to be good. He’s so diligent and conscientious. I think he is taking good shots, getting good shots. I think he’s going to be fine" So long as Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore remain healthy, Hardaway has no real fantasy value. Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Dennis Schroder unlikely to get an extension?
    The Hawks are taking a wait-and-see approach in regards to Dennis Schroder's contract situation.

    Advice: The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague in order to give Schroder the keys to the offense, and even though they are obviously very high on him, they want to see how he looks as the full-time starter before beginning contract talks. The deadline for an extension is Oct. 31. He is averaging 10.6 points and 5.3 assists in 22.6 minutes through three preseason games. Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Derrick Rose could be back on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose could be back with the Knicks in time for Wednesday's game at Boston.

    Advice: The judge presiding over Rose's civil trial wants to wrap things up Tuesday. The Knicks' final preseason game is on Thursday vs. the Nets, so this timeline would give Rose two games to get his legs under him again. He's reportedly been working out for three hours a day and has been studying film of his new team. We'll have an update after the weekend. Saturday, 6:48 am
  • Brandon Knight gets 25 minutes
    Brandon Knight (knee) returned to action and made his first start of the preseason on Friday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Devin Booker (ankle) did not play in this game and coach Earl Watson decided to go back to his old backcourt starters from last year. Knight is going to come off the bench this year, which isn't a bad thing for a guy who can score and dish to his young teammates. Knight is still a decent target in the later middle rounds. Friday, 9:46 pm
  • Tyler Johnson has a big game off bench
    Tyler Johnson was Miami's best player on Friday with 17 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's two big games in a row with a 14-point outing on Tuesday. Johnson is going to get minutes at both guard positions with the Heat looking to maximize their $50 million man. Injuries kept him to just 36 games last year, but Johnson was very good with a 48.6 field goal percentage. He could wind up being a sneaky bench guy in standard leagues. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Brandon Knight will play; Alex Len will not
    Brandon Knight (knee) will play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: His left knee tendinitis is not a concern and he should be good to go. Knight will come off the bench and should have a big-time usage rate and good assist numbers. Friday, 6:34 pm
  • Devin Booker will not play on Friday
    Devin Booker (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Mavs.

    Advice: It's too bad for one of the most exciting teenagers in the NBA. Booker actually leads the NBA in preseason scoring per game thanks to his impressive 34-point gem from last weekend. The Suns seem to be ready to unleash him as a scorer, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy as well as fellow sophomore D'Angelo Russell. Booker is an upside pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 2:20 pm
  • Brandon Knight questionable for Friday
    Brandon Knight (knee) is questionable to play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to some left knee tendinitis. Knight hasn't had any noteworthy knee issues since 2013 and that was to his right knee. The fact that he's questionable for a preseason game is strong enough evidence that this isn't serious. Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez to start at PG Saturday
    Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard on Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell will move to the bench. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) has no timetable to return and his injury could be serious, so the 76ers want to see how Rodriguez looks in the first unit. Through five preseason games he's averaging 5.6 points, 5.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 3-pointer, 1.0 steal and 3.0 turnovers per game. Friday, 10:38 am
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) doubtful Saturday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: It's a left shoulder sprain, so he's not going to play in a meaningless game. Regardless, Prigioni will not have any fantasy value as the third-string PG in Houston. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Devin Booker (ankle) questionable Friday
    Devin Booker (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He is dealing with a right ankle sprain that held him out of Thursday's practice. The Suns will be cautious during the preseason, so he's probably a little closer to doubtful. Booker leads the NBA in scoring during the preseason with averages of 21.5 points in just 25.2 minutes per game, adding 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals. He's 19 years old. Expect the Suns to get a long look at Archie Goodwin if Booker sits. Friday, 8:05 am
  • Evan Turner slowly adjusting to new team
    Evan Turner said that he is slowly adjusting to his new teammates.

    Advice: "A week ago I had so much trouble with the new plays,’’ Turner said. "Now, I’m more familiar with the plays, it’s just on the fly decisions, knowing in .6 of a second who to get where and how.’’ Turner ran the offense for the second unit on Thursday vs. the Clippers, but he really struggled and coach Terry Stotts said he is "still finding his way.’’ He's averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25.5 minutes during the preseason, shooting 37.5 percent from the field. As for the starting SF role, Turner has started one game compared to two for Moe Harkless, while Allen Crabbe has one as well. Friday, 7:01 am
  • Kyrie Irving makes just 5-of-15
    Kyrie Irving made just 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points against the Raptors on Thursday, adding one rebound, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He didn't have LeBron James around for this one and was the engine of the offense tonight. The Cavs do not have much depth behind Irving and he's coming into the season healthy, so he should have no problem clearing his 31.5 minutes per game. He makes sense at the end of the second round of a standard draft. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Dennis Schroder has best game of month
    Dennis Schroder played 29 minutes against the Pistons on Thursday, totaling 17 points, three rebounds, nine assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's by far his best game with preseason highs in every category except for steals. Schroder only plays 28.8 minutes per game in his six starts last year, but he should be able to clear 30 minutes this year. As long as you're OK with some sub-par shooting, Schroder should be a decent pick in the middle rounds. Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Schroder, Baze, Korver, Humphries, D12 start
    Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver, Kris Humphries and Dwight Howard will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Head coach Mike Budenholzer said that his starters will play a bit more than the 22-23 minutes they played on Monday night, and that trend should continue as we get closer to the regular season. It'll be interesting to see if Schroder can get things going tonight with a more favorable matchup against the Pistons. Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Beno Udrih expected to play over weekend
    Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra expects Beno Udrih (back) to play over the weekend.

    Advice: Udrih has been dealing with a sore back, but will likely make his preseason debut over the weekend according to Spo. Even when healthy, the 34-year-old will serve as Miami's third-string point guard, so he can be left undrafted in all fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:48 am
  • Jared Dudley (right knee) logs 15 minutes
    Jared Dudley (right knee tendinitis) finished Wednesday's preseason game with two points, three boards, three assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: The veteran played 15 minutes and the knee tendinitis that bothered him last week seems like a non-factor. He's worth a look in 16-team drafts. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Brandon Knight out w/ left knee tendinitis
    Brandon Knight won't play on Wednesday due to left knee tendinitis.

    Advice: The Suns' sixth-man doesn't have a history of left knee injuries, so presumably his absence is a mere precaution. Guys like Tyler Ulis, Archie Goodwin and Leandro Barbosa will need to shoulder a bigger load in Knight's absence. Consider him questionable to return vs. Dallas on Friday. Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Snell (ankle) will be re-evaluated in 1 week
    Tony Snell (left ankle) will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: Snell won't be able to any on-court work for the next week, and his absence could potentially extend into the regular season. Snell won't have any fantasy value while the Bulls are at full strength. Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) won't commit to opener
    Josh Richardson said that his knee is "getting a little bit better," but he would not commit to being ready for Miami's regular season opener on October 26 vs. the Magic.

    Advice: "I shot a couple of shots [Tuesday]. I got on the court some, just jump shots," Richardson said. "It felt fine. Slow stuff... I'm not rushing it. I don't want to do anything foolish." Richardson added that he doesn't know if he’ll be ready for opening night, and while Erik Spoelstra said he's been pleased with Richardson's progress, he refused to put a firm timetable on his return. Until Richardson can get back on the court, it'll be Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters getting the bulk of the two-guard minutes in Miami. Wednesday, 8:50 am
  • Pablo Prigioni leaves game w/ shoulder injury
    Pablo Prigioni was forced out of Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans with a strained left shoulder, and he will not return.

    Advice: Prigioni took a hard hit from Alexis Ajinca, and that was enough to end the 39-year-old's evening. Prigioni will have a negligible role behind Patrick Beverley this season, so he's not worth drafting in any format. Wednesday, 6:24 am
  • Evan Turner scores nine points in start
    Evan Turner started at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting with five assists, three steals, one block and one trey in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The starting SF role is still up for grabs and Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe have each started a game in the preseason as well. It's not clear who has the edge right now, as all three players bring something unique to the table. Turner doesn't have a lot of upside in standard leagues, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if he came off the bench because his usage rate will be higher if the Blazers stagger his minutes with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
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