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  • Alex Abrines (hip) limited to shooting Thurs
    Alex Abrines (hip) was limited to some light shooting during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Abrines' hip injury doesn't sound all that serious, so he should be good to go once the regular season tips. However, he's not going to have a large enough role in the rotation to command fantasy value in any setting. 20 minutes ago
  • Pacers exercise team option on Myles Turner
    The Pacers have exercised their team option on Myles Turner for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This decision couldn't have been easier for Indiana, as Turner will now be on a modest salary of $2.4 million for the 2017-18 season. Turner has a ton of upside as a guy that can hit his free throws, drain triples, gobble up the boards and swat away shots at an elite level, but he'll likely cost you an early-round pick if you want him. He's worth it. 28 minutes ago
  • Warriors waive Elliot Williams
    The Warriors have waived Elliot Williams.

    Advice: The knee surgery likely cost Williams' any shot of a roster spot in Golden State. 39 minutes ago
  • Warriors waive G Cameron Jones
    The Warriors have waived G Cameron Jones.

    Advice: With Shaun Livingston, Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark already on the roster, the Dubs just had no need to for another guard. 41 minutes ago
  • OKC, SAC seriously discussed Gay-Payne swap
    The Kings and Thunder reportedly were in serious discussions regarding a Rudy Gay, Cameron Payne (foot) deal, but talks fell apart when Payne broke his foot in September.

    Advice: It seems like only a matter of time until Gay is wearing a different jersey, but the uncertainty of his next destination makes him a risky mid-round target. For what it's worth, the Kings have consistently expressed interest in Ricky Rubio, but it's unclear if they could put together the assets to make that deal appealing for the Timberwolves. Depending on what the Kings get back, Matt Barnes could see a nice boost in value with the departure of Gay. 44 minutes ago
  • Cavs waive Markel Brown
    The Cavs have waived Markel Brown.

    Advice: The Cavs are looking for a backup playmaking point guard, which is not Brown's skill set. He may be able to latch on with another team, but it's unlikely Brown will find himself in a situation where he'll have fantasy value in any setting. 56 minutes ago
  • Cavs waive F Cory Jefferson
    The Cavs have waived F Cory Jefferson.

    Advice: He was brought to Cleveland on a non-guaranteed training camp deal, but never had a realistic shot of making the opening night roster. 57 minutes ago
  • 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. 59 minutes ago
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) targeting opener
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) is hopeful he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: "That’s the plan," Valentine said when asked if he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. "But if not, then just have to keep going with how I feel. Hopefully, I'm back soon." With the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams, it's going to be really tough for Valentine to see meaningful minutes his rookie season. Today, 11:16 am
  • Jazz waive C Henry Sims
    Jazz waive C Henry Sims.

    Advice: Sims was in Utah on a camp deal, but won't survive final roster cuts. He'll likely now head to the D-League and won't have any fantasy value this season. Today, 10:18 am
  • Elton Brand officially retires
    Elton Brand has officially retired.

    Advice: Brand only played 17 games last season, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise from the 37-year-old. Brand retires after 17 impressive NBA seasons and will likely now move to a front office role, according to reports. Today, 10:16 am
  • Anthony Davis will play against Magic Thurs
    Anthony Davis (ankle) will play against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: Davis beat his 10-14 day timetable after a suffering a sprain on October 12 and will get some extra preseason work before the regular season begins. While Davis remains a frustrating injury risk, he still possesses enough upside to warrant being a target towards the end of the first round in standard fantasy league drafts. Today, 9:56 am
  • Jahlil Okafor doubtful for Friday vs Miami
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful for Friday's game against Miami.

    Advice: Okafor still thinks he'll be able to play when the regular season begins, but Okafor continues to be listed as doubtful for Friday's preseason game agains the Heat. Okafor is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and is likely to see his minutes restricted to start the season, so he is only worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Today, 9:47 am
  • Gerald Henderson targeting 18-20 mins Fri
    Gerald Henderson (hip) is expected to play 18-20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Henderson has been brought along slowly from his hip injury and he is targeting 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday. Henderson will see plenty of minutes for the 76ers to begin the season, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues at this point. Today, 9:38 am
  • Joel Embiid targeting 18-20 minutes on Friday
    Joel Embiid will play 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Embiid did individual work at practice on Friday and will again target 20 minutes on Friday. Embiid will have his minutes restricted to open the season, but he's worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his upside. Today, 9:36 am
  • Hassan Whiteside to return to lineup Thursday
    Hassan Whiteside (personal) will play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside had been away from the team due to the death of his great grandmother, but will return for Thursday's preseason game against Charlotte. After averaging 14.2 points with 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks on 60.6 percent shooting from the field last season, Whiteside comes into 2016-17 as a sure-thing first-round fantasy selection. Today, 9:21 am
  • Justise Winslow won't play vs Hornets Thurs
    Justise Winslow (back) won't play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Winslow's back injury isn't thought to be anything serious, so there's nothing to worry about in terms of his availability for the start of the regular season. Winslow will be stepping into an expanded role this season and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 9:10 am
  • Kemba Walker misses shootaround on Thursday
    Kemba Walker (knee) missed shootaround on Thursday, according to head coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Walker will have his knee examined on Thursday, but it is just a routine checkup according to Clifford. While this doesn't sound like anything serious, we'll keep an eye on news coming out of Walker's checkup. Coming off a career-best season, Walker remains a solid target in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Today, 8:47 am
  • Rudy Gay trying to ignore trade rumors
    Rudy Gay said he is trying to ignore trade rumors and focus on the regular season.

    Advice: Gay has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate, but the 30-year-old said he's trying to ignore rumors as best as he can. "I'm with the Sacramento Kings," Gay said. "I prepare as if I'm going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings." Gay is already a risky mid-round fantasy pick and a potential trade makes him even more risky as he could see his value go down in a new location. Today, 7:31 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. Today, 7:01 am
  • Jordan Clarkson starts, plays 22 minutes
    Jordan Clarkson started at SG on Wednesday and had 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Luke Walton hasn't quite settled on a starting lineup, but it's worth noting that Clarkson recently embraced the notion of being a sixth-man. "It’s cool, I like playing with the second unit," he said. "Try to bring energy into the game, I feel like it’s good for me." No matter where he begins games, Clarkson will be a great source of scoring, 3-pointers and steals, at a minimum. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Lou Williams back in action, comes off bench
    Lou Williams (rest) returned to action on Wednesday with seven points, three assists, one steal and a rare block in 16 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Williams was held out of Saturday's game to get some rest, and he still seems like the favorite to start at SG alongside D'Angelo Russell on opening night. His scoring will be necessary for the neophyte Lakers, in either case, and he's a decent late-round source of scoring, 3-pointers and heavily-weighted FT percentage. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) doesn't return
    Timofey Mozgov didn't return to Wednesday's game after leaving with a bruised tailbone.

    Advice: Mozgov took a nasty fall but he walked off under his own power, albeit with a slight limp, and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday. We're listing him as day-to-day until the Lakers' update his status, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black in case Mozzy ends up missing significant time. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia subtly effective in 22 minutes
    Zaza Pachulia logged 22 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, posting four points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Pachulia's subtle contributions will be under the microscope in Golden State, but he's ideally positioned as a low-usage, play-making big man who doesn't need to log more than 25 minutes per game. His real-world impact exceeds his fantasy appeal, however, and most owners should avoid him on draft day. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Steph Curry pours in 32 points w/ full line
    The Warriors beat the Lakers 123-112 on Wednesday, led by Steph Curry's 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting with six 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Steph shot 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line in a prime example of the Warriors' stat-happy attack -- Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all filled up the boxscore despite playing no more than 32 minutes. Sure, this came against a Lakers team which ranked dead-last in defensive efficiency last year, but it doesn't negate the fact that Steph is a truly elite fantasy option in any format. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) questionable for opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is questionable for Utah's season opener on Oct. 25, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Jones wrote that he's "hearing [Favors] will be back for opener," but he also warned, "won't know his status until close to Tuesday ... he needs to practice first." There are obviously no guarantees that Favors won't begin the season with a DNP, but this is at least an optimistic tidbit for worried fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) sits out yet again
    Derrick Favors (left knee) didn't play in Wednesday's preseason finale, as expected.

    Advice: Favors hasn't practiced since Utah's preseason opener, which doesn't bode well for his opening-night status. He's dealing with IT band syndrome, which is related to overuse and causes pain during lateral movement, and rest is the primary prescription. There's enough risk here to bump him down a round or two on draft day. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Myles Turner drops 16-9 line in 26 minutes
    Myles Turner was fantastic yet again on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't turn the ball over and continues to get plenty of shots with his 22.0 usage rate this preseason. Turner is destroying opponents at the rim, making 80 percent within three feet and only having one of his 43 FGAs blocked. The second-year breakout pick should be blocking plenty of shots for the Pacers and deserves every bit of his steadily rising ADP. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful to play on Friday.

    Advice: This is a small positive that the 76ers didn't rule him out. Okafor's right knee figures to keep his minutes down in the beginning of the season and Joel "The Process" Embiid figures to start. On top of that, it doesn't look like Brett Brown wants to go big-big at power forward and center. Okafor is only a late-round pick in most leagues. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) probable for Thursday
    Anthony Davis (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Thursday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: After his Oct. 12 ankle sprain, Davis looks to have beaten his 10-14 day timetable. He has added some muscle to his frame to help him and he also won't have to play with his nagging hip injury. Davis has yet to hit 70 games in a season during his career, which is why it's tough to take him in the top five of a standard draft. The upside is undeniable, though. Yesterday, 1:47 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. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Anthony Davis now probable for season opener
    Anthony Davis (ankle) has officially been upgraded to probable for the season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: He was able to practice on Wednesday and apparently it went well. Davis had an injury scare back on Oct. 12 and looks to be ahead of his 10-14 day timetable. He's one of the most talented big men in the NBA, but the injury woes can't go unnoticed. Davis still offers enough upside to take in the second half of the first round of almost any format. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play on Thursday night.

    Advice: He is going through some contact in practice and has a good chance to be ready on opening night. Valentine should be in the rotation with around 20 minutes per game, but he loses some value with the Michael Carter-Williams deal. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) could play Thursday?
    Anthony Davis (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and may be able to get on the court for Thursday's preseason finale against the Magic.

    Advice: This is obviously great news, and it looks like even if Davis isn't able to take the court Thursday night, he should be good to go for New Orleans' regular season opener. While he does possess No. 1 overall upside, there's no denying that Davis is a major injury risk, making him the ultimate risk-reward target this season. Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through shootaround and is not expected to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Favors hasn't taken the court since October 3, and while IT band syndrome isn't typically a serious issue, the extended absence is concerning. Until we get some new info, we're going to consider him questionable for opening night, and with each day spent on the sidelines it's getting increasingly difficult to justify spending an early mid-round selection on Favors. If you do take the plunge on draft day, it would be wise to also invest a late-round selection in Trey Lyles as a handcuff pick. Yesterday, 10:19 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Jordan Clarkson likes playing w/ second unit
    Jordan Clarkson said that he likes playing with the Lakers' second unit.

    Advice: "It’s cool, I like playing with the second unit," Clarkson said. "Just having the opportunity to come off the bench, try to bring energy into the game, I feel like it’s good for me." Luke Walton still hasn't committed to an official starting lineup, but Clarkson has come off the bench in most of L.A.'s preseason games. Regardless of how he enters the game, Clarkson is sure to be on the floor for around 30 minutes a night, and he should be able to see another jump in production during Year-3. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Rudy Gay held to six points Tuesday
    Rudy Gay was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maybe the rumors are starting to get to him. Gay had a nightmare showing, turning the ball over six times with four boards, three assists and three steals. He's going to be the starting SF this season, but the Kings can't wait to trade him -- Gay already informed the Kings that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season. He's a risky mid-round pick this season and a trade might not help his value. Tuesday, 9:37 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
  • Justise Winslow (back) out Tuesday vs. ORL
    Justise Winslow (back) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: The newly signed Luis Montero will likely be earning some extended minutes tonight sans Winslow, with Derrick Williams and James Johnson picking up the scraps. Winslow should be stepping into an expanded role this year with the departure of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (blood clots), so he's someone to consider swooping up with a late-round selection on draft day. As for his back, Winslow said he just slept on it wrong, but believes he'll be fine by the end of the week. Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Report: SAC has discussed Gay deal with Miami
    The Kings have reportedly had discussions with the Heat involving a trade that would send Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to Miami in exchange for Goran Dragic.

    Advice: Gay is tired of dealing with the disfunction of the Sacramento franchise, and has already informed the club that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season, so the Kings would be wise to trade him rather than let him walk away for nothing as a free agent next summer. This isn't the first time that Miami has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Gay, so this report does have some merit. In terms of fantasy hoops, Gay could see a slight boost operating as one of the main guys in Miami, while Dragic's value would likely hold steady as he'd remain a starter in Sacramento. Collison's value, however, would likely take a hit in Miami. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) out Tuesday vs. Denver
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Abrines on the sidelines Tuesday night, Semaj Christon should be able to pick up some extra minutes, although neither of these guys will have any fantasy value when the regular season begins. Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) limited at practice
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) was limited to conditioning work during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Valentine should be considered questionable for Thursday's exhibition game against the Hawks, and if he's out, it'll be Isaiah Canaan earning some extended minutes. Valentine is likely going to struggle to get meaningful minutes his rookie season, so he's not a great target in most settings. Tuesday, 11:51 am
  • Justise Winslow a game-time decision Tuesday
    Justise Winslow will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Magic.

    Advice: Winslow isn't dealing with an injury, but head coach Erik Spoelstra might want to get an extended look at some of the new guys. If Winslow sits out Tuesday's game, look for James Johnson and Wayne Ellington to split his minutes. Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (personal) out Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside (personal) will miss Tuesday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: Whiteside is away from the team due to the death of his great grandmother, but he's expected to re-join the club in Charlotte for Thursday's exhibition game against the Hornets. Our thoughts go out to Whiteside and his family. Tuesday, 11:27 am
  • 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
  • Jahlil Okafor sits out Tuesday practice
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee surgery) sat out Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Okafor has been making progress and appears on track to play in the regular season opener. "We held [Okafor] out today," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "We didn't want you to push it. He felt ok." While Okafor appears to be returning to full health, he's not much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues as he's stuck in a frontcourt logjam. Tuesday, 10:45 am
  • Joel Embiid feels 200 percent healthy
    Joel Embiid said he feels 200 percent healthy, but it still getting into game shape.

    Advice: Embiid's highly-anticipated NBA debut is now in sight and his health finally won't prevent that from happening. "Health-wise, I'm 200 percent," Embiid said. "Game shape-wise, I'm not 100 percent." The 22-year-old will have his minutes limited to begin the season, but he's still worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy drafts due to his upside. Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Kemba Walker logs 27 minutes vs. Chicago
    Kemba Walker played 27 minutes on Monday, posting 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a road win vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Walker's offseason knee surgery lends some risk to his fantasy outlook, but it's been smooth sailing since his return in the preseason. He's logged at least 23 minutes in the past two exhibitions and isn't in danger of missing opening night. He's coming off a career-best season with highs in scoring (20.9 ppg), 3-pointers (2.2), FG percentage (42.7 percent), FT percentage (84.7 percent) and rebounds (4.4), and he's a popular target once the elite PGs are off the board. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Walker, Batum, MKG, Marvin and Roy starting
    Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Roy Hibbert are starting vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Frank Kaminsky (foot) and Jeremy Lamb (back) were both listed as probable but they will play as expected, while Cody Zeller (knee) and Brian Roberts (hamstring) have already been ruled out. This should be the starting lineup on opening night for the Hornets. Monday, 4:19 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
  • Alex Abrines (hip flexor)
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday, but it doesn't sound serious. Abrines has shown some solid defense to go with his shooting touch, so he could get in the rotation at times. Monday, 11:04 am
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) out Monday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through the morning shootaround and will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise considering he was listed as doubtful. The Jazz haven't provided a timetable and he's been out for nearly two weeks, so this is a little concerning. It should be the Trey Lyles show tonight with a sprinkle of Boris Diaw. Monday, 10:09 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) scrimmaging Monday
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee surgery) was able to scrimmage on Monday.

    Advice: He's clearly making progress and it's worth noting that he was playing alongside Joel Embiid during the scrimmage. 76ers coach Brett Brown has said that he expects Okafor to be ready for the opener, and the young center added on Monday that he's on track to play as well. Monday, 9:41 am
  • Alex Abrines exits Sunday w/ bruised hip
    Thunder SG Alex Abrines didn't return to Sunday's game after bruising his right hip.

    Advice: Abrines has impressed coach Billy Donovan this preseason, but he has an uphill battle to earn a spot in the rotation. Consider him day-to-day. Sunday, 6:40 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful Monday vs. LAC
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is doubtful to suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Favors still hasn't practiced or played since the preseason opener, and with the regular season just a little over a week away, he's now in jeopardy of not being ready for opening night. The Jazz maintain that Favors' injury is not to be considered a long-term issue, but knee injuries for big men are nothing to shrug at. He's still too talented to let him fall out of the middle rounds on draft day, but there will now be some added risk in selecting a guy that only made it through 62 games last year. Trey Lyles will be the primary beneficiary if Favors is forced to miss any regular season action. Sunday, 11:56 am
  • Heat will pick up Justise Winslow's option
    The Heat will pick up Justise Winslow's option for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: It's just a formality for one of the most promising two-way wings in the East. Winslow has been a little underwhelming in the preseason so far with just one steal in five games, but the good news is that he's hit five 3-pointers in that span. His game doesn't translate to standard-league value real well, but he could force his way onto fantasy rosters just by playing a ton of minutes at several different positions. Sunday, 7:43 am
  • Jordan Clarkson gets 30 minutes, scores 15
    Jordan Clarkson got the start on Saturday with 15 points, three rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton liked his perimeter defense, but it wasn't there against the powerhouse Warriors. Clarkson will undoubtedly get his minutes and he should add a few points to his 15.5 points per game from last year with some threes, steals and dimes to go with it. Even if he comes off the bench, Clarkson should be a top-40 guard to take in your drafts. Saturday, 9:35 pm
  • Arduous Process: Embiid goes to work vs. DET
    Joel Embiid was very busy in his 20 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, making 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line for 15 points with five rebounds and seven turnovers.

    Advice: That's a ton of usage for a guy who already had a 37.1 usage rate in his previous five preseason games, and he put on some slick post moves against Andre Drummond and Boban Marjanovic. Embiid went over his previous limit of 18 minutes per game and the 76ers are now open to dropping his back-to-back restriction at some point. As a quick side note, he was grabbing his surgically-repaired right foot, but he was fine. His upside is beginning to outweigh his risk as a pick in the late rounds of a standard draft. In other words, it might be time to Trust The Process. Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson getting the start vs. GSW
    Jordan Clarkson will start against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Lou Williams is getting the night off for this game, so this isn't the biggest piece of news. On the other hand, coach Luke Walton said he wants to get off to better starts and likes his perimeter defense. Regardless of where Clarkson gets minutes, his fantasy value is fine as a target in the 65-85 range of a standard draft. Saturday, 5:29 pm
  • Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo resting on Saturday
    Rudy Gay and Arron Afflalo will both be rested on Saturday and will not play vs. Washington.

    Advice: Sacramento will not run their veterans into the ground during the preseason, so Gay and AA are the lucky winners of the rest roulette game this evening. Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Whiteside, Dragic, Haslem all out on Saturday
    Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem will all be rested on Saturday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: No surprises here as the Heat prepare themselves for the regular season. Given Whiteside is averaging 17.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks on 69.8 percent shooting through four preseason contests in just 23.5 minutes per game, we think it's safe to say he's ready for the real thing to begin. Whiteside is a no-doubt first-round fantasy selection in all fantasy formats. For what it's worth, Whiteside was spotted icing his hand before Saturday's contest but insisted it's a non-issue. We aren't doubting him. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Brown expects Jahill Okafor (knee) for opener
    Brett Brown expects Jahlil Okafor (right knee surgery) to be available for Philadelphia's regular season opener.

    Advice: Unlike Nerlens Noel (groin) who is doubtful to begin the regular season on time, Okafor is expected to be ready by the time the real action gets underway. Big Jah won't play in Saturday's preseason game and may not play at all before the regular season, and it's worth noting that he'll be on a minutes restriction when he is finally cleared to get back onto the floor. Joel Embiid's arrow continues to point up. Saturday, 2:38 pm
  • Gerald Henderson to play 18-20 mins Saturday
    Gerald Henderson is expected to play between 18-20 minutes on Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: The Sixers have brought Hendo along slowly in order to preserve him for the regular season, so this is just the next step in their plan. Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • Sixers previewing opening night lineup?
    The Sixers will start Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid on Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: This could very well be the opening night lineup for Philadelphia, so keep that in mind when watching this one. Embiid will have his minutes limit increased to 18-20 for this one, and he should be excited to go head-to-head vs. Andre Drummond. Interestingly, Brown also said that the Sixers could begin to consider the possibility of playing Embiid on back-to-back nights, though there is nothing close to definitive on that front just yet. Get your popcorn ready. Saturday, 2:23 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
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) 'improving every day'
    Anthony Davis (right ankle sprain) said that he's "improving every day."

    Advice: "When I feel ready and able to get back on the floor, I'll be back on the floor. We're constantly checking on it every day," Davis said. AD's injury history and proclivity makes him a risky first-round selection, but that's the price you're going to have to pay if you want The Brow on your fantasy roster. Despite continued swelling in the area, Davis is expected to begin "full-scaled rehab exercises" on Saturday. Currently, he remains questionable for opening night. Saturday, 1:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors (L knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee, IT band syndrome) is still not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been nearly two weeks since Favors hit the sidelines with this injury, and there is really no current indication of when he could be back on the floor. Although Quin Snyder does not believe the injury is a long-term concern, the updates have been few and far between and mostly speculative in nature. We're not knocking Favors down our draft boards considerably, but if you're trying to decide between the big man and another target in your draft, you'll want to consider this information closely and carefully before making your choice. Any length of absence for Favors in the regular season would mean more playing time for Trey Lyles as well as Boris Diaw. Saturday, 11:19 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
  • Stephen Curry scores 22 points in OT win
    Stephen Curry turned in his best game of the preseason on Friday, scoring 22 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: There hasn't been any reason to worry about Curry since the first preseason game. In his last three, he's averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 boards, 4.7 dimes, 2.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.3 treys in just 25.3 minutes per game. Curry is very unlikely to match his 30.1 points and 34.2 minutes per game from last year, but that's fine for a guy who had one of the most legendary fantasy seasons of all time. Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Myles Turner busts out w/ 17 points, 3 blocks
    Myles Turner showed his upside against the Magic on Friday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, one assist. one steal, three blocks, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers fed him with 15 shots from the field, including 10 shots outside of the paint. It's setting up to be a breakout season for Turner, who figures to be the backbone of the defense in an up-tempo style. Even though Al Jefferson signed in Indiana this year, Turner has massive upside as a fourth-round target in standard leagues. Friday, 6:32 pm
  • Lou Williams (rest) will not play Saturday
    Lou Williams (rest) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off for Williams. While he has been more of a sixth man in his career, he might be starting at shooting guard with Jordan Clarkson behind him. With Williams out, Clarkson or Nick "Uncle P" Young are the likely starters. Friday, 2:32 pm
  • Clarkson in San Antonio for a funeral
    Jordan Clarkson is in San Antonio for a friend's funeral and is expected to be back in time for Saturday's game.

    Advice: The Lakers are talking about mixing up their rotation this weekend, so maybe Saturday will be the day they try him out in the starting lineup. Even if he does stick on the bench, Clarkson should still be able to produce with minutes around 30 per game. Friday, 2:03 pm
  • Gentry confirms Anthony Davis out 10-14 days
    Coach Alvin Gentry confirmed Anthony Davis (ankle) will be out for 10-14 days.

    Advice: This matches up with The Vertical report from Wednesday. Davis got some shots up at practice on Friday, but it doesn't sound like he took on contact. Based on this timetable, Davis should be considered questionable to start the season. If he is limited, the Pelicans would have to play their traditional centers more while Terrence Jones could play more, too. Davis is still worthy of a pick at the tail end of the first round. Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Gerald Henderson is limited at practice
    Gerald Henderson (hip) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He did individualized load management today. The 76ers are fully expected to start Henderson at shooting guard this year, but his minutes will likely be in the low 20s. On top of that, he'll likely see his playing time decrease as the 76ers lose games and give more time to their younger guys. Friday, 11:31 am
  • Jahlil Okafor is limited in practice
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He did some scripting and individual work, but not live practice. Okafor's knee soreness has kept him out of the preseason action, which has led to Joel Embiid and Richaun Holmes exceeding expectations. With Embiid playing like he has, Okafor is only a late-round pick right now. Friday, 11:24 am
  • Joel Embiid to play 18 minutes on Saturday
    Joel Embiid has been cleared to play around 18 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: His workload has gradually increased from 12 to 18 minutes in a matter of two weeks, so he's on track to be ready for 20-24 minutes on opening night. He had 11 points, 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in just 14 minutes on Thursday, looking like a franchise center in the process. Friday, 10:42 am
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) plays 2-on-2 Friday
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) participated in 2-on-2 on Friday.

    Advice: It sounds like he won't play on Friday vs. the Cavaliers, but he is making progress. Jimmy Butler (rest) will not play as well, meaning Isaiah Canaan should get some decent burn off the bench. Friday, 9:38 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
  • Alex Abrines has best NBA game
    Alex Abrines scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He is really impressing coach Billy Donovan with his defense and he's coming around as a more complete scorer. He didn't have any 3-pointers in his previous two games and only had three two-point makes in his three preseason games. Abrines doesn't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Joel Embiid double-doubles in 14 minutes
    Joel Embiid looked like a trustworthy franchise center in 14 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 12 rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: It's been a positive process this month for Embiid with preseason highs in minutes, rebounds and steals. He's also gone to the line 16 times in his 27 minutes, making 14 of them. He's posted at least one block in all five of his preseason games and he's looked awesome on defense with a couple terrific plays to stay in front of John Wall. It's too bad he's going to be limited in minutes this year and will start out missing back-to-back sets, but Embiid has the potential to be a difference maker in reality and in fantasy. If you're the patient type and a gambler, taking a shot on Embiid in the second half of a draft isn't a bad idea. Thursday, 6:48 pm
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) could miss opener?
    Anthony Davis (right ankle) could miss New Orleans' regular-season opener on October 26 vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Davis suffered a Grade 2 right ankle sprain during Wednesday's exhibition game against the Rockets, and was hit with a 10-15 day timetable, so there's certainly a chance he won't be ready for opening night. With Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) also sidelined, the Pelicans may look to guys like Langston Galloway, Terrence Jones (knee) and Buddy Hield for production on offense, while Cheik Diallo and Alexis Ajinca could see an uptick in minutes. There's no denying that Davis is one of the more injury prone guys in the league, so he'll be an extremely risky first-round target on draft day. Thursday, 3:18 pm
  • Joel Embiid has minutes restriction increased
    Joel Embiid will see his minutes restriction increase to 15 against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: Embiid's restriction had been at 12 minutes, so it's good news to see him able to up his time on the court. The 76ers are hoping to up his minutes to the 20-24 range by opening night, and his upside potential makes him worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:12 am
  • Derrick Rose expected out until next week
    Derrick Rose is expected to be out until next week as his trial concludes in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Rose's trial won't end until next Monday at the earliest, so he won't play against the Celtics on Saturday. "Whenever it’s over, he’ll be here,’’ Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "I’m hoping that’s sooner than later. We’ll just catch him up on things. We’re trying to stall a little bit in putting some of the things in, so we don’t go over it again when he’s here. But we’re hoping it’s sooner than later." While Rose will start for the Knicks once he returns, he's not much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 8:07 am
  • Jahlil Okafor out Thursday vs Wizards
    Jahlil Okafor (sore right knee) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Okafor has yet to make his preseason debut and will only have two more opportunities to do so after Thursday. While Okafor's knee isn't thought to be a long-term issue, he's stuck in a crowded 76ers frontcourt isn't worth much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 7:32 am
  • Derrick Favors' left knee still inflamed
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about Derrick Favors' left knee injury, "It’s got to get less inflamed ... presumably, he’ll be back sooner than later."

    Advice: Favors is dealing with IT band syndrome, which causes pain when the knee moves laterally and is typically associated with overuse among runners. "I don't think it's anything we're putting a long timetable on," Snyder said. Favors missed 20 games last year, due largely to a nagging back injury, but in his first five seasons he averaged just 5.4 DNPs. We're considering him questionable for opening night. Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) showing improvement
    Denzel Valentine is showing improvement with his sprained left ankle, although he's still not practicing with the team.

    Advice: Valentine's status for Monday's preseason game against the Hornets remains uncertain, but either way, he's only looking at a limited role with the Bulls to begin the year and won't be worth drafting in most formats. Wednesday, 11:18 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee), Hood out Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Favors is dealing with IT band syndrome in his left knee, and while that typically isn't a major issue, it needs to be noted that Favors does have a history with nagging knee injuries. He's still a worthwhile early-round target, but there's some increased risk here. Hood's injury seems very minor, and it would be shocking if he weren't good to go for Utah's regular-season opener against the Blazers on Oct. 25. Trey Lyles and Joe Johnson will log extended minutes sans Favors and Hood. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • Judge won't declare mistrial in Rose case
    The judge presiding over Derrick Rose's rape case said on Wednesday that he will not declare a mistrial.

    Advice: The judge added that because the plaintiff failed to handover all evidence before the trial, Rose's defense team will have the opportunity to call back up Jane Doe to examine her as a witness. Additionally, the LAPD officer that was investigating the case was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon, and the LAPD are currently investigating whether it was a homicide or suicide. It's unclear if this horrific twist will affect the length of the trial, but it's worth noting that Jeff Hornacek said that Rose will not return to the team until his trial has concluded. Wednesday, 9:08 am
  • Report: Anthony Davis likely out 10-15 days
    Anthony Davis will reportedly be sidelined for the next 10-15 days after suffering a Grade 2 ankle sprain during Wednesday morning's preseason loss to the Rockets in Beijing.

    Advice: This essentially ends Davis' preseason run, and it also puts him in jeopardy of missing New Orleans' regular-season opener against the Nuggets on October 26. Davis is the ultimate risk-reward pick, as he offers No. 1 overall potential but has never made it through more than 68 games in a season. Dante Cunningham and rookie Cheik Diallo could see an uptick in minutes sans Davis, while guys like Buddy Hield, Tim Frazier and Langston Galloway will be more assertive on offense. Wednesday, 7:33 am
  • Anthony Davis exits game with ankle injury
    Anthony Davis went down with a right ankle injury during Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Rockets, and he will not return.

    Advice: Davis tweaked his ankle while posting up Nene (video below), and while he was able to briefly return to the game, the Pelicans won't be taking any chances here. The injury did seem relatively minor, and he was spotted walking around just fine after the game, but this is another reminder that there are some serious durability concerns with the uber-talented power forward. He's an incredibly risky first-round target. Wednesday, 6:07 am
  • Joel Embiid scores 13 in 13 minutes
    Joel Embiid scored 13 points on 3-of-7 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies, adding five rebounds and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He struggled early against Marc Gasol, but he didn't back down from him either. He was obviously very aggressive in limited minutes and fantasy owners will love to see that he hit 7-of-8 from the line, though he did miss both of his 3-point attempts. The 76ers are hoping to give Embiid 20-24 minutes on opening night, and the monster upside makes him worth the gamble in the later rounds despite the limited workload this season. Tuesday, 7:41 pm
  • Justise Winslow fouls out in 21 minutes
    Justise Winslow fouled out in 21 minutes vs. the Nets on Tuesday, scoring five points with seven rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Winslow is a dark horse to lead the Heat in minutes this season because of his ability to play several positions, but the production hasn't been there in the preseason yet. Through three games, Winslow has yet to record a steal and is shooting just 28.5 percent from beyond the arc. His value could be limited to points leagues until he improves his shooting percentages and expands his offensive game -- he averaged just 6.4 points as a rookie in 28.6 minutes per contest. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Whiteside drops 21 w/ 14 rebounds, 4 blocks
    Hassan Whiteside dominated the Nets on Tuesday with 21 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: He was coming into the game with averages of 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, so we expected nothing less against a Nets team that was without starting center Brook Lopez (rest). Whiteside took advantage of a matchup with Justin Hamilton and hit 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. He looks like he's worth every penny of the max deal he signed over the summer and should be a top-10 fantasy option if he can stay healthy and keep hitting his free throws -- he was 75.0 percent from the line after the break last season. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Dragic, Wayne, Winslow, D-Will, HW to start
    Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Justise Winslow, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside will start vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Josh McRoberts (foot) and Josh Richardson (knee) are both unavailable. Whiteside has been eating in the preseason so far with averages of 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, so expect the Heat to continue feeding him in the post tonight. It appears that shooting guard and power forward are the only positions up for grabs in Miami this season, so it will be interesting to see what kind of impact Ellington and Williams can make vs. the Nets. To be clear, the Heat are simply trying out different lineup combinations for now. Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Stephen Curry (illness) practices on Tuesday
    Stephen Curry (illness) participated during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Curry sat out the Warriors' past two practices with a sore throat, but he's obviously fine. Yes, he may concede some touches to Kevin Durant this season, but the minor drop-off in scoring will more than likely be rectified by an uptick in assists. He's a fine top-4 target in any setting. Tuesday, 1:01 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) out Tuesday vs. Memphis
    Jahlil Okafor (sore right knee) is being listed as out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He's yet to make his preseason debut, although the 76ers maintain that his absence has been largely precautionary and Brett Brown recently said that he's "not that far away." It is worth noting that this is the same knee that required surgery back in March, which is perhaps why Philly is being overly cautious with his return. Okafor will begin the year fighting for minutes in an extremely crowded frontcourt rotation in Philly, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:08 pm
  • Myles Turner remains on minutes restriction
    Myles Turner (concussion) remains on a minutes restriction.

    Advice: While Turner has been cleared of the concussion protocol and feels fine, the Pacers would like to ease him back into action and will do the same against the Bucks on Wednesday. Turner's preseason concussion won't have an impact on his regular season fantasy value, and he remains a breakout candidate who will likely cost an early-round pick in standard league drafts. Tuesday, 8:16 am
  • Kemba Walker scores 15 points in win
    Kemba Walker scored 15 points in 24 minutes against the Wolves during a 98-86 win on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford kept his word to give Walker 24 minutes following just 15 on Saturday. Walker had a breakout season as a scorer last year, which is due to his catch-and-shoot effective field goal percentage jumping up a whopping 16.7 compared to 2014-15. Walker is a solid target in the early third round. Monday, 7:25 pm
  • Kemba Walker to get about 24 minutes
    Kemba Walker is expected to play 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He played 15 minutes in his preseason debut on Saturday, scoring six points with three assists. Walker has been limited in camp due to surgery on his left knee this sumer. He is fully expected to be 100 percent for the start of the season. Monday, 2:36 pm
  • Valentine doing some stationary work
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) has been doing some stationary work at practice.

    Advice: He's coming along and he's seen the swelling go down since Oct. 5. Valentine is in the mix to get some backup point guard minutes, especially with Spencer Dinwiddie having a down game on Saturday. The MSU rookie is only a deep-league stash for now. Oct 10, 12:04 pm
  • Embiid to play 20-24 minutes on opening night
    76ers coach Brett Brown said Joel Embiid could be ready for 20-24 minutes on opening night.

    Advice: This is obviously very exciting and comes on the heels of the news that Brown wants Embiid to be the focal point on both offense and defense. Embiid will be limited to 12 minutes again on Tuesday, but he hinted pretty strongly that he wants to go for 15. The fantasy arrow continues to point up for The Process and he's averaging 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 12 minutes through three contests. Oct 10, 10:48 am
  • Kemba Walker will play again on Monday
    Kemba Walker will play vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He made his preseason debut on Saturday and looked a little rusty with six points, three assists and five turnovers on 2-of-5 shooting in 15 minutes, so he will have a chance to redeem himself tonight. The good news is that his knee appears to be holding up well, but expect him to see a similar workload Monday. Oct 10, 8:27 am
  • Brown: Embiid will be focal point of offense
    76ers head coach Brett Brown expects Joel Embiid to be the focal point on offense and defense.

    Advice: "You see him and he just has ‘it,’" Brown said. "Years ago, you saw it with [Tim] Duncan. I see it with him in regards to a real target offensively and a real sort of centerpiece defensively." The hype is getting a bit out of control, but to be fair Embiid has looked like the real deal in limited action so far. He's averaging 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 12 minutes per game, and he has also hit 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. The minute restrictions are the only thing holding his monster upside in check. On a side note, he's expected to see about 15 minutes on Tuesday. Oct 10, 7:54 am
  • Divac says he plans to keep Rudy Gay
    Kings GM Vlade Divac said he intends to keep Rudy Gay this season.

    Advice: "Rudy is a tremendous talent, he’s somebody that’s beautiful to watch the way he plays," Divac said. "We think Rudy is a big part of this team to be successful, so we decide to go with him. If he decides to stay next year, that’s great. If he decides to leave, that’s fine. But we want to make sure we compete this year." Gay has already informed the Kings that he will decline his player option for 2017 and he's not expected to re-sign in Sacramento, so the Kings could lose him for nothing if they don't trade him soon. We still think a trade is likely, especially if Sacramento stumbles out of the gate. Oct 10, 6:40 am
  • Lou Williams drops 25 pts in preseason game
    Lou Williams caught fire late during Sunday's win vs. the Nuggets, finishing with 25 points on 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs, four 3-pointers, three rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Sweet Lou averaged 15.3 points per game last season despite the presence of Kobe Bryant, but the Lakers' youth movement is in full bloom this year. The veteran is little more than a late-round flier for points, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with low turnovers. Oct 9, 9:49 pm
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