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  • Arron Afflalo misses practice on Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out his fourth consecutive practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: While the Knicks are bringing Afflalo along slowly, his status for opening night doesn't seem to be in doubt at this point. The 29-year-old should see big minutes for the Knicks this season, but his fantasy upside is limited due to his lack of defensive stats. 51 minutes ago
  • Moe Harkless impresses in preseasonopener
    Moe Harkless impressed Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts in the team's preseason opener on Monday.

    Advice: Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals as the Blazers lost to the Kings on Monday. "I thought [Harkless] shot the ball with confidence," Stotts said. "He ran the court. He defended well. I was glad to get him on the block a couple times offensively." Harkless is more of a deep league fantasy target at the moment, but he could play his way into becoming a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to earn more minutes. Today, 8:37 am
  • Evan Turner set to miss first preseason game
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is expected to miss Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Turner will be evaluated before the game, but it's likely the Celtics will play it safe with the 26-year-old. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Turner's injury "doesn't sound overly serious", but it's likely he'll miss at least one preseason game. Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder will pick up some extra preseason minutes in Turner's place. Today, 8:11 am
  • LeBron James to play preseason opener
    LeBron James will play in the Cavaliers first preseason game on Wednesday, but will sit out Thursday's game.

    Advice: While this news won't affect fantasy owners in season-long leagues, James will be unavailable for Thurdsay's game against Philadelphia. The Cavs are committed to decreasing the wear-and-tear on the 30-year-old before the playoffs and this looks to be the start of that plan. With his minutes potentially decreasing, James should be targeted in the latter half of the first-round of fantasy drafts. Today, 6:39 am
  • Rasual Butler letting play do talking
    Rasual Butler said he's not worried about training camp cuts and will let his play do his talking for him.

    Advice: Butler is likely fighting for the Spurs final roster spot with Jimmer Fredette, but the 36-year-old said he's going to worry about that scenario. "Only thing I can control is how hard I can work, how smart that I do things and go out there and give good effort everyday," Butler said. The veteran faces is a long shot to survive the Spurs final cuts and can be left undrafted in all fantasy leagues. Today, 6:27 am
  • Johnson does not play in Monday's game
    James Johnson (Achilles) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Warriors.

    Advice: Johnson's fantasy value got bleak when DeMarre Carroll arrived in town and not playing to start the year isn't helping his stock. He's a deep league target at best right now. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Carroll rolls ankle, plays through it
    DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 24 minutes in Monday's exhibition loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Carroll walked over to team trainers and pointed to his foot, and beat writer Mike Ganter says he appeared to roll his ankle during the game. We'll keep an eye on the situation but we're not putting him on the injury report unless news worsens. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Bennett (shoulder) returns to action
    Anthony Bennett (shoulder) returned to action in Monday's preseason game against the Warriors, scoring five points on 1-of-6 shooting with two assists in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bennett can be ignored in most fantasy leagues until he gives us a reason to pay attention. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Harkless plays 24 minutes off the bench
    Moe Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 2-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Harkless' name has been brought up enough by the folks in Portland, whether that's media or the team itself, that we'll be watching him no matter how disappointing he's been in the past. He'll need about 30 mpg to move into standard league discussion so right now he's firmly in deep league territory only. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Belinelli scores 32 points in preseason win
    Marco Belinelli scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting with four threes, three boards, four assists and three steals in Monday's preseason win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Belinelli was sharp outside of some trouble at the stripe (4-of-8 FTs) and five turnovers, but this wasn't a very sharp game and it comes with the obvious preseason disclaimer. He'll have a floor of about 21-25 mpg and if he gains ground on Ben McLemore (0-for-5 FGs, one point, 18 minutes), then he can only go up from there. He's still not in the standard league discussion. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Aminu will not play in preseason opener
    Al-Farouq Aminu will not play in Monday's preseason opener due to the birth of his child.

    Advice: Aminu is going to get a crack at serious minutes and from there he'll have to answer the call for fantasy owners. He's a good target in the late rounds. Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist will meet w/ orthopedist Tues
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (torn labrum) will meet with a team orthopedist on Tuesday to discuss his rehab options, but it's "more likely that not" that he will have surgery.

    Advice: MKG dislocated his right shoulder during an exhibition and an MRI revealed the structural damage. Surgery would lead to a six-month rehab, effectively keeping him out for the entire season. He would miss 6-8 weeks if he rehabilitated the joint without surgery, but that might leave him vulnerable for another labral tear in the future. It's a massive blow to the Hornets' playoff hopes, and all signs point to MKG taking the safer surgical route. P.J. Hairston, Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams would all get a shot at a starting job if MKG is done for the year. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Chris Johnson (concussion) listed 'out' Wed
    Jazz swingman Chris Johnson (concussion) participated in non-contact drills on Monday.

    Advice: He is still on the NBA's concussion-protocol system and is listed as "out" for Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Lakers. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha's trial begins in Manhattan
    Thabo Sefolosha was at a Manhattan criminal court on Monday, where jury selection took place in his trial to contest charges of resisting arrest.

    Advice: Opening statements will follow on Tuesday and the result of the case could determine whether he'll face any punitive measures from the NBA. Sefolosha is still recovering from right ankle surgery, leaving him questionable for opening night, but once healthy he should start at SF ahead of Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) iffy for Wednesday
    The Knicks will bring back Arron Afflalo (hamstring) "very slowly," according to associate coach Kurt Rambis.

    Advice: "He’ll have to pass strength tests, agility tests before he gets to practice," Rambis said. Afflalo has missed three days of practice and he's questionable for Wednesday's exhibition, costing him precious time to learn the triangle offense. Afflalo's lack of defensive stats limits his upside as a late-round pick. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist likely out for season
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needs right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and he will likely miss the entire season.

    Advice: His initial timetable for recovery is six months, leaving a slight possibility that he'll return in early-to-mid April. This is devastating news for MKG and the Hornets, who inked him to a four-year, $52 million extension this summer. Nicolas Batum will likely have to fill the void at SF with Jeremy Lamb, P.J. Hairston, Troy Daniels and possibly Jeremy Lin all chipping in at SG. Marvin Williams could also spend more time at SF but there are no easy answers for Charlotte. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) iffy for preseason
    Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) won't commit to playing in the preseason.

    Advice: "If I don't [play in the preseason], it's not the end of the world," Parsons said. He's been a limited participant at training camp and this quote does nothing to inspire confidence that he'll be ready for opening night. Parsons has top-40 upside and could post a gaudy usage rate once healthy, however, so he remains a risk/reward pick in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Chandler Parsons embracing playmaking role
    Chandler Parsons is embracing the opportunity to do more playmaking this season.

    Advice: "With guys like Monta [Ellis] and [Rajon] Rondo leaving that handled the ball and did the majority of the playmaking, that leaves a big opportunity for me," Parsons said. "With this surgery, I was able to do a lot of stationary ball-handling stuff." While Parsons has a chance to play in the opener, nothing has been decided. "I don't really know what to expect, because it feels fine. There's been no pain, no swelling and no setbacks. There's no reason for me not to be confident when I play. I'm not babying it at all." So long as his rebuilt knee holds up, Parsons promises to have a better sophomore season in the Big D. Yesterday, 10:55 am
  • Green admits tough transition from Celtics
    Jeff Green admitted that he faced a difficult time transitioning to the Grizzlies from the Celtics.

    Advice: "It was tough," Green said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to showcase what I can really do. I've had time to adapt and grasp what I have to do on the floor." Coach Dave Joerger is calling for Green to have a breakout season, but forgive us for being skeptical since we've heard this several times before. "He came back in great shape. Jeff got a lot of work done this summer," Joerger said. "He's got a really good idea of what his role is when he's on the court." Green, who will play both small forward and power forward again this season, enters 2015-16 with a fresh work ethic, an open mind and the endorsement of his teammates. We'll see if it translates to anything tangible. Yesterday, 9:51 am
    Player Note
    Jeff Green Mem - SG,SF
  • Afflalo (hamstring) still out of practice
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) was still being held out of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Although the injury is not considered serious, Afflalo was tentatively expected to resume practicing on Monday. If it continues to linger throughout the week, then we'll begin to raise the level of concern. He's 50-50 to play in New York's preseason game on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • DeRozan admits defensive struggles last year
    DeMar DeRozan admitted he struggled to defend bigger players last season.

    Advice: "I like to play against the twos. A lot of times the physicality of the threes, when I’m used to going against the twos, and some nights I might have Jeff Green, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, stuff like that. I couldn’t really be as physical as I would be any other night. It definitely takes its toll," DeRozan said. Now with DeMarre Carroll in the fold, DeRozan can go back to his proper area of focus. As an aside, DeRozan also said he's working on improving his leadership by being more vocal. Yesterday, 9:05 am
  • Van Gundy praises Marcus Morris in the post
    Stan Van Gundy praised Marcus Morris' ability to be a post-up threat.

    Advice: "(Marcus Morris has) got good post-up abilities, because he can face up and shoot the jumper, he can back you down, he can turn over either shoulder, and he can make passes out of the post," SVG said. The Pistons have gushed about Morris since his arrival, and with the current edge to start at small forward, he's shaping up to be an interesting flier at the end of your draft. Just keep in mind that Stanley Johnson is going nowhere. Yesterday, 9:00 am
  • Clippers will move Johnson between SF, PF
    Doc Rivers said Wes Johnson will spend time at both small forward and power forward this season.

    Advice: "We are messing Wes up a little bit by moving him back and forth between three and four, but that is what he is going to have to learn," Rivers said. In what should be another inconsistent season from Johnson ahead, he's simply not worth the headache in standard formats on a loaded Clippers roster. Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • Thaddeus Young hopes to become better leader
    Thaddeus Young wants to become a better leader.

    Advice: In an excellent but heartbreaking profile detailing what Young has endured over the last couple of years, Brooklyn's new $50 million man shares some good perspective. "I just want to become a better leader, a more vocal leader, and be able to go out there and lead my troops," he said. "Win, lose or draw, you're going to know I was out there giving 110 percent." With an expanded role in front of him, Young offers solid value, although not a ton of upside, in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Willie Reed (quad) will not play on Monday
    Willie Reed (quad) will not play in Brooklyn's preseason game on Monday.

    Advice: Reed suffered a strained quad last week, and he's still not quite right as a result. Without him, camp invite Justin Harper may earn some extra burn as the Nets look to evaluate what their final roster might look like. Yesterday, 8:00 am
    Player Note
    Willie Reed Bkn - SF,PF
  • Marcus Morris has slight edge for Pistons SF
    Marcus Morris has a slight edge over rookie Stanley Johnson to be the Pistons starting small forward.

    Advice: I’ll do whatever I think is best for the team," Stan Van Gundy said. "I’m not really settled in on anything right now. But certainly headed into it I would look at Marcus, but we’ll see how it goes." Johnson has done everything possible in order to try and force the Pistons into other plans, but Morris has also been very good since his arrival from Phoenix. No matter who starts, Morris and Johnson are likely to split time at the position. Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova the favorite to start at PF
    Ersan Ilyasova is the favorite to start at power forward for the Pistons.

    Advice: This should have been somewhat obvious, but now we get additional confirmation. Acquired in an offseason trade, Ghostface Ilya is worth gambling on toward the end of your draft, but keep in mind he's played in fewer than 60 games in back-to-back seasons and lacks any kind of real upside. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Porter 'favorite' for SF, faces competition
    Otto Porter faces competition for the starting small forward spot.

    Advice: Despite being the favorite, Porter faces competition from Martell Webster, rookie Kelly Oubre, Alan Anderson and Jared Dudley. Considering that cast of characters, it would be a huge disappointment if Porter can't emerge as the victor. Focused on improving his three-point field goal efficiency and strength after taking a step forward last season, Porter is a nice late-round flier with upside. Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Dion Waiters ticketed for OKC second unit
    Dion Waiters appears ticketed for the Thunder's second unit.

    Advice: It's the right move. Waiters played alongside Anthony Morrow, Enes Kanter and D.J. Augustin in Sunday's scrimmage, and coach Billy Donovan said that it was by design. With Waiters' inclination to shoot the ball, he's an ill-fitting piece in a starting lineup that already includes Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Durant: 'Feels like a new era of basketball'
    Kevin Durant said the arrival of Billy Donovan "feels like a new era of basketball."

    Advice: Between Durant sitting out most of last season with his foot injury, a new coach and a brand new system, K.D. isn't exaggerating with his words. Considering Durant is also entering a contract season and one of the most popular topics throughout will be his free agent plans, we hope he's ready for his brave new world. Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Report: Knicks starting SG spot wide open
    The Knicks starting shooting guard spot is "wide open," according to the New York Post.

    Advice: The Knicks signed Arron Afflalo in free agency, and it would be downright shocking to see him lose out to Langston Galloway or Sasha Vujacic. Despite the report, we fully expect Afflalo to be in New York's starting lineup when their season opens. Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Evan Turner dealing with right knee strain
    Evan Turner (right knee strain is uncertain to play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Turner is expected to be reevaluated before the contest, and a decision about his availability will likely be made at that point. Considering where we are in the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out of the lineup. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley could pick up a couple extra minutes in the Celtics' first preseason game if Turner sits out. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Nick Young (back) scores 10 points in 24 mins
    Nick Young (back) scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Jazz, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Young hurt his back during Friday's practice, but it didn't limit him at all on Sunday, so it doesn't look like this will be an issue moving forward. Young doesn't do a lot aside from score, and it could be tough for him to consistently do that this year, as he'll be fighting for touches with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams. Unless your league has a category for ridiculous quotes, we wouldn't advise targeting Swaggy P too aggressively on draft day. Sunday, 10:47 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Wes Johnson doesn't do much in start for LAC
    Wes Johnson started for the Clippers on Sunday, but he failed to do much through his 19 minutes of action, scoring just two points on 1-of-2 shooting to go with one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said that he may rotate Paul Pierce and Johnson in and out of the starting lineup over the course of the preseason, and it sounds like there's a decent chance both players get locked into a value-killing timeshare this season. Pierce played just eight minutes, scoring two points to go with one rebound and one turnover, and this is a situation we'd recommend avoiding in standard leagues. Sunday, 7:11 pm
  • Chris Johnson (concussion) out Sunday vs. LAL
    Chris Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Johnson is dealing with a concussion, and he doesn't yet have a clear return date in site. He'll have a negligible role with the Jazz while they're healthy, so there's no reason to draft him in any league. Sunday, 4:39 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (shoulder) out Sunday vs. LAC
    Anthony Bennett (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Bennett hyper-extended his shoulder during Sunday's practice, and the Raptors will hold him out as a precaution. Bennett will struggle to get minutes in Toronto, with Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola both ahead of him in the rotation, so there's no reason to target him in most leagues. Sunday, 4:18 pm
  • James Johnson (Achilles) will not play Sunday
    James Johnson (sore Achilles) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson won't have a significant role in the rotation this year with DeMarre Carroll in town, so there's no reason to target him in most leagues. Sunday, 4:13 pm
  • James Johnson (Achilles) likely out Sunday
    James Johnson is expected to miss Sunday's exhibition due to a sore left Achilles.

    Advice: Johnson's fantasy fate was sealed when the Raptors landed DeMarre Carroll in free agency, causing a log-jam at the SF position. Bruno Caboclo could even move up the depth chart with a strong preseason and there's no reason to touch Johnson outside of the deepest leagues. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (shoulder) doubtful on Sunday
    Anthony Bennett hyper-extended his shoulder during practice on Sunday and he's unlikely to play vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: It's a minor injury but Bennett can't afford many setbacks as he fights for playing time during training camp. Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola are ahead of Bennett on the depth chart and that's unlikely to change while both veterans are healthy. Sunday, 2:32 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) to have MRI
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI in Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: The MRI will determine whether he has any structural damage, at which point the Hornets should provide a timetable for his return. If MKG is forced to miss any regular-season action, expect Nic Batum to play more SF with minutes also opening up for P.J. Hairston, Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams. Sunday, 2:21 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) flying with Hornets
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will meet the Hornets in Miami on Sunday before flying with the team to Charlotte.

    Advice: The severity of MKG's injury has yet to be determined, but it's somewhat encouraging that he's joining the team one day after the dislocation. Nicolas Batum won't play Sunday as a precaution but he's the perceived favorite to start at SF in MKG's absence, with Jeremy Lamb a likely option at SG. The Hornets are hoping that arrangement won't last long. We'll update MKG's timetable as soon as more details emerge. Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited on Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will be limited during Sunday's training camp practice.

    Advice: Parsons told a crowd of Mavs fans that his knee "is getting better every day," but there have been no substantial updates lately. He had a modified and less-severe microfracture surgery on May 1 and there are no guarantees that he'll be ready for opening night. Once fully healthy, however, Parsons should have a huge role in the Mavs' rebuilt offense. Sunday, 1:08 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (hip) could return on Monday
    Stan Van Gundy said that Ersan Ilyasova (hip), Marcus Morris (toenail) and Adonis Thomas (Achilles) could return to practice on Monday.

    Advice: They’ve put in a lot," Van Gundy said. "They’re tired, they’re banged up, but really we got through the week with nothing that’s going to be a long-term thing so feel pretty good. We just got guys banged up." None of the injuries were considered serious, so this isn't a surprise. Ilyasova has been an injury risk for a while now, so there will always be some concern when he is hobbled. As the starting power forward in Detroit, Ilyasova has an excellent opportunity in front of him and is worth a gamble in the later rounds. Sunday, 10:26 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has dislocated shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: A dislocated shoulder is much worse than a dislocated finger and it almost certainly will cost him some time. All injuries are different, but Kevin Love needed 4-6 months off while Iman Shumpert needed just one month last year. This will all come down to if he needs surgery or not. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated on Monday. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • X-rays negative on Kidd-Gilchrist's shoulder
    X-rays were negative on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) on Saturday and he will not travel with the team.

    Advice: This is good news, but he's not out of the wood yet. Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated on Monday in Charlotte, which likely includes an MRI. The Hornets were really counting on him this year, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Hopefully, his MRI comes back clean. Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • MIchael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) taken to hospital
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) was taken to the hospital to get X-rays.

    Advice: Not good. The X-rays will be looking for any sort of severe dislocation of his shoulder or perhaps he hurt his collarbone after falling face first. This would be a brutal blow for MKG and the Hornets, who would be razor thin at the three. Marvin Williams and P.J. Hairston would get most of the run there with Marvin having value in deep leagues. Saturday, 6:31 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hurts his shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a right shoulder injury on Saturday.

    Advice: He slipped, fell hard, and tweaked his shoulder on the crash landing. Kidd-Gilchrist was holding his shoulder in his way back to the locker room. We'll be looking for an update on this one. If he's out, we should see a lot more of Marvin Williams playing small forward. Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • Marco Belinelli back at practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Marcus Morris has a minor toe injury
    Marcus Morris had one of his toenails ripped off during Saturday's scrimmage.

    Advice: This is obviously nothing serious and he should be fine in a couple days. Morris played some stretch four next to Stanley Johnson at the three, but that was mainly because Ersan Ilyasova was out with a sore hip. Currently projected to start at small forward, Morris is worth a look in the late rounds for owners in need of 3-point shooting, but Johnson is a legitimate threat to his minutes moving forward. Adonis Thomas is also dealing with some Achilles soreness, but it's not considered serious. Saturday, 10:38 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice Sat
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out for the second consecutive day at Saturday's practice, but he is expected to resume practicing on Monday.

    Advice: Afflalo is simply dealing with some soreness, so the veteran should be fine with a little rest. Afflalo is nothing more than a late-round target after a disappointing 2014-15 season with the Nuggets and Blazers, but he should have a prominent role on the Knicks playing next to Carmelo Anthony. Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova dealing with a sore hip
    Ersan Ilyasova is dealing with a sore right hip.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Saturday's scrimmage, but it doesn't sound serious. Ilyasova is one of the most injury prone players in the league, so this is a good reminder why his value is so low in fantasy. That being said, he has an excellent opportunity in Detroit as the starting power forward, so he is worth a look in the later rounds. Consider him day-to-day for now. Saturday, 9:27 am
  • Nick Young tweaks his back on Friday
    Nick Young twisted his back awkwardly on Friday, and he didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked how he was doing.

    Advice: "It’s still kind of tough. I’ll get treatment, get stretched out and see what happens," Young said. "I’ll go with the flow and see what happens. If it doesn’t get better, there’s nothing I can do." Young is hoping to carve out a consistent role in the rotation during the preseason, so this won't help his chances. There a ton of mouths to feed on the wings in Los Angeles next season, so it will be tough for Young to have fantasy value outside of deeper formats. We will update his status when we know more. Saturday, 7:23 am
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Wes Johnson comes off the bench
    Wes Johnson came off the bench on Friday against the Nuggets, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He wasn't brought in for his offense and will likely just be getting wide open shots. Johnson making 3-pointers will go a long way in this offense, but his usage is going to be tiny. Even if he does start, he's not worth drafting in most leagues. Friday, 10:26 pm
  • Nick Young had a back spasm
    Nick Young had a back spasm on Friday.

    Advice: He is fine, according to coach Byron Scott. Young doesn't have a history of back spasms, so there's no reason to worry yet. Friday, 6:50 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Marco Belinelli (hamstring) misses practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) sat out of practice on Friday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

    Advice: Head coach George Karl expects him to return to the court on Saturday, so he is probably just a little sore. Belinelli should be a key member of the second unit in Sacramento, and he should see enough minutes to carve out value in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • KD shoots down Lakers rumors
    Kevin Durant shot down the Lakers rumors on Friday.

    Advice: "I don't talk to Stephen A Smith at all," Durant said. "No one in my family, my friends do. So he's lying." KD is not nice. Kidding aside, these rumors are going to annoy him all year. Friday, 11:34 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice
    Arron Afflalo (sore left hamstring) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) were held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Afflalo's injury doesn't sound serious, and the Knicks have no reason to push the veteran in training camp at less than 100 percent. After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Afflalo will look to bounce back and could potentially be the second option on offense behind Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo is still only a late-round target, and we will let you know if the soreness in his hamstring lingers. Friday, 9:01 am
  • Otto Porter adjusting well to up-tempo pace
    Otto Porter said that he isn't having much trouble adjusting to the Wizards' up-tempo pace.

    Advice: "It's not that much different. They want me to continue to do what I do," Porter said of his new role in head coach Randy Wittman's up-tempo offense. "Knock down corner threes, bring the ball up, rebound." Porter is widely expected to start at small forward, and he has also gotten some reps as a stretch four (even though it is mainly because the Wizards are shorthanded at the moment). Porter is definitely a player to watch during the preseason, and he is currently shaping up to be an excellent late-round flier. Friday, 8:05 am
  • Willie Reed says quad injury improving
    Willie Reed said that the quad injury he suffered during Wednesday's practice was feeling much better on Thursday.

    Advice: "It's definitely way better than it was [Wednesday] and I could actually do some motion stuff on the bike," said Reed. Even if Reed manages to make the Nets' opening-night roster, he won't earn enough playing time to be worth drafting in almost any league. Thursday, 12:48 pm
    Player Note
    Willie Reed Bkn - SF,PF
  • Chris Johnson dealing with a concussion
    Chris Johnson took an elbow to the head during Wednesday's practice, and has been diagnosed with a concussion.

    Advice: Johnson won't be allowed to return to any basketball related activities until he goes through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and this is an unfortunate setback for a guy that doesn't have a clear role in coach Quin Snyder's rotations. He'll be battling for reserve minutes in a crowded backcourt in Utah, so there's no reason to draft him in any league. Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Rivers says Johnson will likely start on Fri
    Doc Rivers said that Wes Johnson will likely start at small forward for the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson will have a chance to prove that he belongs in the starting lineup over the course of the preseason, and if Rivers likes what he sees, Paul Pierce will be coming off the bench. Johnson has deep league potential as a 3-and-D player kind of player, but he'll have to see his minutes in the high 20s in order to realize his potential. If Pierce is relegated to a bench role, it's difficult to see him being a viable option in most leagues. Thursday, 11:24 am
  • Kevin Durant interested in joining Lakers?
    Kevin Durant (foot) could be interested in joining the Lakers when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season, according to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.

    Advice: While Durant would still like to return to the Thunder, Smith says the Lakers would be his preferred destination if he leaves Oklahoma City. "Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.," Smith said. Rumors aside, Durant said he's feeling good after foot surgery and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall out of the top-5 on draft day. Thursday, 6:51 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha experiences leg pain
    Thabo Sefolosha experienced some leg pain and dialed it back in practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sefolosha said that the pain was part of his rehab and it doesn't sound like he is overly concerned. Sefolosha will be the favorite to start at small forward if he is good to go for the season opener, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. If his leg injury lingers, Kent Bazemore would be in line for more minutes. Wednesday, 10:51 am
  • Willie Reed strains his quad at practice
    Willie Reed suffered a strained quad at practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity of the injury, but hopefully we will know more soon. Reed latched on with the Nets after impressing during the summer league, but he isn't a lock to make the team. Wednesday, 10:24 am
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  • Wizards exercise option on Otto Porter
    The Wizards have exercised their team option to extend the contract of Otto Porter through the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: It was an easy decision for the Wizards, as Porter proved himself to be a solid player during the playoffs last season with averages of 10.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. Porter is widely expected to start at small forward, and he should see plenty of minutes right away with Jared Dudley still recovering from back surgery. He is shaping up to be a sneaky late-round pick. Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • Kevin Durant (foot) says he feels great
    Kevin Durant (foot) said that he felt great after his first practice with the Thunder.

    Advice: "I feel great, actually," Durant said. "It’s really different being out there in a practice setting. I haven’t been there in a while. It’s definitely going to take me some time to really get comfortable out there again. I've been injured, but I'm healed now. So I try not to think about it. If I'm on the court, I'm OK. So I'm the same player I was." Durant added that his conditioning is great, but said that it's going to take him some time to get back to mid-season form. This is obviously great news, and we will continue to monitor his progress very closely. Wednesday, 6:10 am
  • Kevin Durant looking to step up his game on D
    Kevin Durant said that he wants to be "totally focused" on defense this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Shotblocking I think is one of my strong suits as well," said Durant. "I just have to be totally focused every single possession on it, and I haven’t done a good job of that. But once I’m locked in and focused on what I have to do as a defender, I think I’m pretty good." Durant will look to bounce back after spending much of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines, and all reports thus far have indicated he's fully recovered from his foot injury. He shouldn't last too far beyond the No. 4 overall selection on draft day. Tuesday, 4:00 pm
  • Wes Johnson running with the starters Tuesday
    Wes Johnson was spotted practicing with the Clippers' first unit on Tuesday.

    Advice: Early reports indicate that Johnson will start at small forward over Paul Pierce, although things could change as we approach the regular-season. There's also a good chance Johnson gets locked into a value killing timeshare with Pierce, so we wouldn't recommend targeting him until the final few rounds on draft day given his low ceiling. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
  • Anthony Bennett excited for shot with Raptors
    Anthony Bennett said he's excited to suit up for the Toronto Raptors this season.

    Advice: Just two years removed from being the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Bennett may be on his last chance to prove himself as an NBA player. "It has been something I've been thinking about growing up, watching Vince Carter play," Bennett said. "And now I'm back here. It's surreal, but at the same time it's work. I'm just ready to go all out." While Bennett looked good in international play over the summer, he'll join a crowded front court in Toronto and can be left undrafted in standard leagues. Tuesday, 10:20 am
  • LeBron James willing to play less minutes
    LeBron James said he won't be so hard-headed about his minutes this season.

    Advice: James said he is hard-headed about playing time, but also added that he will be smart about it and will talk about it with Cavs head coach David Blatt. James' 36:08 minutes per game last season were a career low, but after a long playoff run, the 30-year-old sounds committed to keeping himself fresh. James is capable of providing first-round fantasy value, but a possible decrease in minutes should have fantasy owners targeting more towards the end of the first round. Tuesday, 9:49 am
  • Chandler Parsons not happy w/ DeAndre Jordan
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said he's still friendly with DeAndre Jordan, but isn't happy with how Jordan's free agency decision went down.

    Advice: Parsons said he has spoken to Jordan a couple times since the latter spurned the Mavericks for the Clippers, but added their relationship is different. "[DeAndre Jordan is] one of the best young centers in the NBA, and I wanted to play with him," Parsons said. "He could have made us great. But he screwed us over." Parsons is hoping to be ready for training camp and could end up being a draft day steal if he falls in fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Evan Turner will find minutes?
    Coach Brad Stevens said Evan Turner will "find the court a lot" this season.

    Advice: He's going to come off the bench and will have to play more shooting guard in order to see minutes in the mid 20s. Stevens is Turner's biggest fan, but Turner's game doesn't translate to nine-cat fantasy leagues very well. He's a decent late pick in points leagues. Monday, 1:28 pm
  • Chandler Parsons could play some point guard?
    Chandler Parsons (knee) could see some time at point guard this year.

    Advice: The Mavs do have Devin Harris and Ray Felton while hopefully Deron Williams can stay healthy. Parsons is set for a lot of responsibility this year and he could put up some huge numbers as long as he stays healthy. He could be a steal in the middle rounds. Monday, 12:05 pm
  • LeBron hints that he'll play fewer minutes
    LeBron James strongly hinted that he'll play fewer minutes during the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Saying things like he can be less hard-headed and how Kevin Love can help him rest throughout the season, LeBron is clearly pushing to play less this season. After averaging a career-low 36:08 per game last season, James seems poised to set a new record this year. Sep 28, 10:57 am
  • Sefolosha, Hardaway, Bazemore could start
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Thabo Sefolosha, Tim Hardaway or Kent Bazemore could start this season.

    Advice: The Hawks have one spot to fill in the starting five, and apparently the team wants to see how the three candidates fare in training camp before making a decision. Without a reason to rush it, it's the right decision. If he's fully healthy, Sefolosha should have the edge due to both his familiarity with the team and tenacity on the defensive end. Sep 28, 9:58 am
  • Kevin Durant (foot) 'ready to go' for Thunder
    Kevin Durant (foot) said he's "ready to go" and is fully cleared for the upcoming season.

    Advice: "Feel great. Ready to go," he said. "Did everything necessary for me to get back on the court." Durant's owners are drafting him at a discount because of his foot injury last season, but that line of thinking is only supported if you believe in Durant's recovery and that he's now 100 percent healthy. We're on the train. Sep 28, 9:48 am
  • Rasual Butler lands with Spurs for camp
    The Spurs have signed Rasual Butler for training camp.

    Advice: Butler was reported to be drawing interest from San Antonio in late August, but he'll face an uphill battle to claim a roster spot on a loaded Spurs roster. Sep 28, 8:39 am
  • Marcus Morris wanted to start with the Suns
    Marcus Morris said that he thought he should have started at small forward on the Suns.

    Advice: "In Phoenix, I thought I should have started at the three. The guy that’s there now (P.J. Tucker) might have been a better defender, but as an all-around three, I thought I was the best we had. And I thought a lot of players thought that, too," he said. For a guy who continues to say the past is behind him, Morris continues to spend a lot of time talking about his former team. In Detroit, Morris will spend time at both forward positions, but it's yet to be determined exactly how many minutes he'll get on a regular basis. Sep 28, 6:34 am
  • Raptors officially sign F Anthony Bennett
    Raptors sign F Anthony Bennett.

    Advice: After it was widely reported that Bennett would head back home and join the Raptors, Toronto makes the move official. While it's a good landing spot from a psychological standpoint for Bennett, he has a ton to prove in a crowded frontcourt. He's not a fantasy target at this time. Sep 28, 6:23 am
  • Chandler Parsons had microfracture surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had "minor hybrid" microfracture surgery on May 1, according to beat writer Tim MacMahon.

    Advice: The Mavericks have been stingy with details about the operation, referring to it as "arthroscopic surgery to address a cartilage injury," but it reportedly involved a bone marrow transplant to help rebuild his damaged cartilage. It was not a typical microfracture surgery, which would have required a longer rehab, but Parsons still hasn't been cleared for full participation at training camp. He's optimistic that he'll play on opening night but the knee surgery adds significant risk for a mid-round pick. Sep 27, 7:52 pm
  • SVG wants Ersan to become a better rebounder
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said he'd like for Ersan Ilyasova to return to being an "elite offensive rebounder" for Detroit.

    Advice: "And the one thing with Ersan we really want to get back to, anyway, is he came into the league as an elite offensive rebounder," said Van Gundy. "So I think he’s got to get back to focusing on that part of his game." Ilyasova was phenomenal on the offensive glass during the 2011-12 season, owning a offensive rebounding rate of 12.3, however that number regressed all the way 7.0 during the 2014-15 season. Perhaps a change of scenery in Detroit can help Ilyasova get his career back on track, but with so many injuries over the years, Ersan isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Sep 27, 1:01 pm
  • Anthony Bennett signs with Raptors
    Anthony Bennett signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: Bennett has been a disaster during his brief NBA career so far, but he will get a fresh start in Toronto and did have some nice moments for Team Canada this summer. Bennett will have to try and steal some minutes away from Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola, but he isn't on the fantasy radar in standard leagues. Sep 27, 10:51 am
  • Marcus says he can play alongside Johnson
    Marcus Morris said that he believes he can play alongside Stanley Johnson this upcoming season.

    Advice: "We’re big together, playing at the same time. I also love him at the two," Morris said of Johnson. "That’s an advantage to have a big three and a big two. I think it’s going to be real interesting to see how Coach mixes us in there together. I think he’s going to be a big thing in the league. I’m excited to see how good he’s going to become." Marcus will likely begin the year as Detroit's starting small forward, although Johnson could eventually push him for minutes. Both Johnson and Morris are worth a late-round selection on draft day. Sep 26, 6:42 am
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