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  • Nick Young plays 23 minutes in OT loss
    Nick Young played 23 minutes and hit 4-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Young still hasn't met a shot he doesn't love, although a couple ill-advised ones actually went down last night. Young is worth keeping an eye on and will be worth picking up if the Lakers deal with injury woes, but he's nearly undraftable unless you're in a very deep league. Today, 12:49 am
  • Metta World Peace scores 7 for Lakers
    Metta World Peace played 21 minutes and had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: MWP is back, but that doesn't mean you want to own him in fantasy. Let someone else deal with the headaches that are surely coming. Today, 12:47 am
  • Kobe Bryant plays 21 minutes in OT loss
    Kobe Bryant played 21 minutes and hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Baby steps, right? He played just 12 minutes in his first preseason game and nearly doubled them tonight. Kobe's not on our radar as a top pick, but if he can somehow stay healthy this season, he's going to end up being a fifth- or sixth-round steal. Today, 12:34 am
  • Rodney Hood scores 21 points in 37 minutes
    Rodney Hood came off the bench to hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, two rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes of Tuesday's overtime preseason win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Hood has serious potential, but coming off the bench isn't ideal for the budding star. He's worth a later flier based on his potential alone, but will likely need an injury to a teammate to fully breakout. Today, 12:31 am
  • Gordon Hayward sits after first quarter
    Gordon Hayward played the first quarter and finished with four points, one rebound, two assists, three steals and a 3-pointer on 1-of-3 shooting in 12 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Hayward sat after the first quarter, so there's not much to read into this one, although the steals were nice. Today, 12:21 am
  • Wilson Chandler comes off Denver's bench
    Wilson Chandler came off the bench in Tuesday's preseason game and hit just 1-of-5 shots for five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He still put up stats, but his fantasy outlook will take a hit if he's going to come off the bench instead of being in the starting lineup for the Nuggets. Keep an eye on his progress as the preseason rolls on and keep in mind Chandler has come off the bench behind Gary Harris in both preseason games thus far. Harris had 12 points and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari hits 2-of-12 shots
    Danilo Gallinari hit just 2-of-12 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for seven points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal in 26 minutes of Tuesday's preseason win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: Gallo struggled with his shot tonight, but was running the offense as a point forward for much of the night. We're expecting big things from Gallo this season, that is, if he can stay healthy. That's a big 'if,' and he's a risk vs. reward player given the fact he can't seem to stay healthy. If he does this year, look out. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Trevor Ariza leads Rockets with 12 points
    Trevor Ariza hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for a team-high 12 points, one rebounds, two assists and four steals in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The steals were nice to see and he shot the ball well tonight. Ariza should be a solid fourth-round pick in all fantasy formats this season. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 11 in p/s win
    Courtney Lee started at shooting guard and had 11 points and two 3-pointers in 13 minutes of Tuesday's preseason win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Lee and Jeff Green look like the starters on the wings for Memphis and if that holds true for the regular season, Tony Allen is going to be tough to own this season. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Vince Carter struggles for Grizzlies
    Vince Carter came off the bench and hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points in 14 minutes of Tuesday's preseason win over Houston.

    Advice: He had a dunk embarrassingly blocked by the rim tonight and the writing is on the wall as his career winds down. We see no reason to think about drafting him this season. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Jeff Green starts over Tony Allen for MEM
    Jeff Green started over Tony Allen at small forward for the Grizzlies in Tuesday's preseason game and had 11 points, seven boards, a steal and two 3-pointers on 3-of-9 shooting in 18 minutes.

    Advice: If Green starts over Allen in the regular season he'll see a fantasy boost, but is still a guy who should be targeted in the middle rounds of drafts. Allen came off the bench and had just five points and not much else in 11 minutes. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Doug McDermott overcomes slow start for Bulls
    Doug McDermott got off to a slow start in Tuesday's preseason win, but turned it on in the third quarter, finishing with 23 points, five rebounds, two steals and five 3-pointers on 8-of-19 shooting.

    Advice: He also had five fouls, but with Mike Dunleavy out indefinitely, McDermott could be thrown into the fire early and often for the Bulls, along with Nikola Mirotic. Both players are worth mid-round fliers in fantasy this season, although Mirotic should come off the board a round or two before McDermott, at least. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 with 8 boards
    Nikola Mirotic started at power forward and had 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes in a preseason win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Mirotic looked good and gave us a taste of what he can offer, but he could be slated for a bench role with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah locked into the big-man spots for the Bulls. Gasol was out tonight and Taj Gibson is injured, but it's also possible the Bulls could use Mirotic at small forward if Doug McDermott struggles to fill in for Mike Dunleavy. But McDermott looked good tonight, so we'll have to see what Mirotic's role will be once the Bulls are healthy. He's worth drafting in all leagues, regardless of whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 in p/s win over MIL
    Jimmy Butler didn't get the memo that Tuesday's game was a preseason contest and went off for 23 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Butler looked dynamic and is primed for another big season, with or without Derrick Rose (orbital injury). Don't sleep on him. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in start
    Giannis Antetokounmpo started at forward for the Bucks on Tuesday's preseason game and had six points, seven rebounds, two steals and a great dunk in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: Kris Middleton was at the other forward spot with Jabari Parker out (knee surgery) and had 10 points, one rebound and two steals in 17 minutes. Middleton had the dunk of the night over Jimmy Butler, but once Parker is ready to go, the Bucks' rotation is going to become a bit discombobulated. As of now, both Middleton and Giannis are worth drafting in the middle rounds of all leagues. As a reminder, Antetokounmpo is suspended for Game 1 of the regular season. Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Paul George goes off in preseason win
    Paul George started at power forward and hit 10-of-17 shots and five 3-pointers for 32 points in Tuesday's preseason win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He also hit 7-of-8 free throws and looked great offensively, but added just two rebounds, zero assists and a steal on the night. George isn't thrilled about playing power forward, but he looked pretty great tonight, so the Pacers will likely keep running him out there at the four. The Rotoworld crew is not bullish on George, but if he keeps playing like this in the preseason, we could be swayed more in his favor. However, the lack of anything but offense tonight is a slight concern. George hit 7-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers to score 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter tonight. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Kobe Bryant to play 13-20 minutes Tuesday
    Kobe Bryant is expected to play 13-20 minutes in Tuesday's night's exhibition game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Tip is at midnight Eastern time and Kobe will add a few minutes to his line after playing just 12 of them in the Lakers' first preseason game. He's coming off shoulder surgery and is a textbook risk vs. reward fantasy player this season. Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) still a few weeks away
    Jabari Parker, who is recovering from knee surgery, may still be a couple weeks away from playing for the Bucks.

    Advice: "We are not going to put a timetable on it," Coach Jason Kidd said of his injury. "There's less than a year from the injury and he's doing a lot of good stuff. We want to make sure when it is time for him to come back, it's not where he's in and out, and that he's back for the long haul." Parker could still be ready for opening night and his absence on Tuesday will clear the way for rookie Rashad Vaughn to start. Yesterday, 4:40 pm
  • Tony Snell will start at SF on Tuesday
    Tony Snell will start at small forward for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Doug McDermott will likely run with the starters during the Bulls next game on Thursday, so it looks like he's giving both Snell and McDermott equal opportunity to supplant themselves in the starting unit with Mike Dunleavy (back) set to start the season on the sidelines. The guy who wins the starting small forward spot will be worth a late-round flier on draft day. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play on Tues
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: Anderson has yet to be cleared for basketball activities, and he'll be joined on the sidelines by Jared Dudley (back) and Ish Smith (ankle). None of these guys will have value in standard fantasy leagues while the Wizards are healthy. Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Martell Webster (strained hip) out Tuesday
    Martell Webster (strained hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but given that Webster doesn't have a history of dealing with hip injuries, we wouldn't read too much into his absence from a preseason game against the 76ers. Webster struggled to get into the rotation last year, but perhaps he's granted some additional playing time with Paul Pierce now in Los Angeles. Still, he's not someone to target in standard leagues. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Kevin Martin to come off the bench in MIN
    Kevin Martin will come off the bench in Minnesota under interim head coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: Mitchell named Zach LaVine the team's starting two-guard on Tuesday, so the flip side of that is that Martin will transition to a sixth man role for the Wolves. Health has been a major issue for Martin throughout his career, so perhaps transitioning to a bench role (and thus seeing fewer minutes per game) will help him stay healthy. Despite a decrease in his workload, Martin should be able to see minutes to turn out standard league value, so he'll make for a decent late-round gamble on draft day for those willing to assume the risk. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 10:05 pm
  • Paul George gets 'clarification' from Pacers
    Paul George met with Larry Bird and Frank Vogel for "clarification" on Monday.

    Advice: George said after Saturday's exhibition that he's "still not comfortable" playing power forward, so presumably that was the issue that led to the meeting. "It’s no complaint. I gave my opinion," George said. He emphasized that he's fully on board with the Pacers but this isn't the last we'll hear about George's expected shift to PF this season. Monday, 12:23 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) won't play vs. Chicago
    Jabari Parker (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

    Advice: Parker went through a full practice on Monday and he's progressing well, but the Bucks are approaching his return from ACL surgery with the utmost caution. GM John Hammond already said the Bucks will limit Parker's playing time ("If we think he can play 30 minutes, we'll probably play him 15") and owners should view him as a risky pick toward the end of drafts. Monday, 11:46 am
  • Metta World Peace does not play on Sunday
    Metta World Peace (calf) did not play in Sunday's preseason game against Utah.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said MWP was likely to play on Tuesday if he sat on Sunday, so World Peace could be coming to your neighborhood within the next 24-48 hours. Monday, 11:16 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. Monday, 9:51 am
  • Bryant felt 'pretty good' in preseason debut
    Kobe Bryant said that he felt "pretty good" in his preseason debut.

    Advice: "Good to get out there," Kobe added. Playing just the first quarter by design, Kobe looked rusty, but that was to be expected after so much time on the sidelines. It's unclear how much Bryant will play in the Lakers' second preseason game on Tuesday. Let another owner draft Kobe at an inflated price based on name value alone. Monday, 8:47 am
  • Kidd: Jabari Parker improving every day
    Coach Jason Kidd said Jabari Parker (knee) "is getting better each time he takes the floor."

    Advice: Parker scrimmaged on Saturday, and Parker had a game-high 15 points. The Bucks continue to say that they're going to bring him along slowly, and that really limits his season-long upside in fantasy leagues. Assuming good health, Parker could make for a nice buy low target at the appropriate time later this season. Monday, 6:50 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. Monday, 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
  • Kobe Bryant plays 12 minutes in return
    Kobe Bryant played 12 minutes in his first game of action since the shoulder injury, scoring five points with one 3-pointer and zero other statistics to his credit.

    Advice: The Lakers main concern is going to be having Kobe finish the season healthy, so they're going to bring the future Hall of Famer along very slowly. His minutes will be constantly monitored, and there's a good chance he sits in back-to-back sets, so there are plenty of reasons not to draft The Black Mamba. Sunday, 8:35 pm
  • Metta World Peace (calf) could sit on Sunday
    Metta World Peace (calf) may miss Sunday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He's nursing a calf injury, but head coach Byron Scott said that if he misses Sunday's game he will more than likely play on Tuesday, so it doesn't sound too serious. MWP isn't likely to play significant minutes for the Lakers this season, so there's no reason to consider him in most leagues on draft day. Sunday, 4:55 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
  • 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
  • Kobe Bryant says he will play on Sunday
    Kobe Bryant said that he will play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: "No, I’m definitely playing," Bryant said. "(I didn’t) come all the way out here, (where) people are going to be coming to the game, and you’re going to be sitting on the bench? That’s not cool." Lakers head coach Byron Scott wouldn't reveal his status on Saturday, but Bryant has looked good in training camp so far and it will be interesting to see how he looks tonight. We will have an update after the game. Sunday, 6:18 am
  • Paul George not comfortable at PF, high pace
    Paul George said he's "still not comfortable" playing power forward.

    Advice: "I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot," George said. "Defensively, it’s rough. It’s rough. It’s an adjustment because I’m not used to doing some of the things out there." He also said he's not the only one on the team not a fan of the pace, which was about 20 more possessions than a game from last year. We'll see how his coach handles this big issue. Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Paul George scores 18 points, starts at PF
    Paul George made a start at power forward against the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He started out great in the first quarter and finished making 7-of-15 from the field. George did slow down a little bit in the second half because the non-starting Pelicans played tougher defense against him to make him force some shots. Plus, the Pacers really pushed it and George had a 113.8 pace to go with his 36.0 usage rate. His role gives him a massive upside, but there are a lot of negatives that come with taking him in your draft. Saturday, 7:09 pm
  • Kobe Bryant's status is unclear for Sunday
    Lakers head coach Bryon Scott wouldn't reveal if Kobe Bryant would play in Sunday's preseason game against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to be extremely cautious with Bryant this season, but he has looked good in training camp according to most reports. The Black Mamba hasn't experienced any pain in his surgically repaired shoulder, so the good news is that he will be locked and loaded for the season opener. Due to the injury risk, it's best to let someone else in your league draft Bryant this season. Saturday, 7:28 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
  • Metta World Peace picks up calf injury
    Metta World Peace has missed the Lakers' last two practices due to a calf injury.

    Advice: Considering World Peace's contract isn't guaranteed, this could be bad news for him. Head coach Byron Scott said that he hopes to have him back after "another day or so of rest," so it doesn't sound serious. Even if World Peace makes the final roster, his role will be pretty limited and there is no reason to touch him in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 7:18 am
  • Gallo sits out first preseason game
    Danilo Gallinari did not play in the Nuggets' first preseason game on Friday night.

    Advice: There's no word about any injury and this is likely just veteran time off. Owners can disregard the absence unless other news pops up. Friday, 10:22 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
  • Kobe Bryant gets a day off
    Kobe Bryant had a day off of practice on Friday.

    Advice: Wouldn't you want a day off in Hawaii? Bryant is likely fine and the Lakers will want to manage his minutes whenever they can. He looked good in some of the televised practice, but there's obviously a lot of risk on Black Mamba. A little too much. Friday, 5:36 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) to scrimmage on Saturday
    Jabari Parker (knee) will scrimmage on Saturday.

    Advice: Parker was a full participant during Thursday's practice, so it's a good sign that his knee has held up well so far. The Bucks have made it clear that they will limit Parker's minutes as a precaution, so he is shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Friday, 1:37 pm
  • George to start at PF in preseason opener
    Paul George will start at power forward in Saturday's preseason opener against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This would mean that his first matchup would be against Anthony Davis, so this is going to be tons of fun. George hasn't completely embraced the idea of playing the four, but it would help the Pacers achieve a faster pace on offense. George is said to be 100 percent, but he will need to have a really strong showing during the preseason before prospective owners can feel comfortable about drafting him in the early rounds. Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Alan Anderson to dial it back at practice
    Alan Anderson will dial back his individual workouts at practice to help his ankle heal faster.

    Advice: Anderson still hasn't been cleared for full basketball activities, but this should help speed up the process. The Wizards will be hoping that Anderson will be 100 percent to start the season since Jared Dudley is recovering from back surgery. Anderson isn't worth drafting in most leagues, but we will continue to track his progress. Friday, 10:59 am
  • More talk of Giannis stretching the court
    Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks his coaches will give him the green light on 3-pointers.

    Advice: "I've just got to shoot a lot of threes in practice and it will come," Antetokounmpo said. He was productive at FIBA making 10-of-26 from deep, but the 3-point line is a little closer. The Greek Freak was just 7-of-44 from deep (15.9 percent) last year -- he only had seven from the corners. If Antetokounmpo can make treys even close to 35 percent, his value would see a nice spike. Thursday, 8:21 pm
  • Doug McDermott says he'd like to start at SF
    Doug McDermott acknowledged that he'd like to start at small forward for the Bulls on opening night.

    Advice: "That's obviously the goal," McDermott said when asked if he'd like to be a starter. "I'll do whatever the team wants." With Mike Dunleavy expected to miss the significant time to start the season, McDermott will have every opportunity to land in the starting unit. He'll have some competition from Tony Snell, and there's also the possibility that Jimmy Butler slides over to the three-spot with Kirk Hinrich starting at shooting guard, but if McBuckets does find himself in the starting unit he could at the very least emerge as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Thursday, 2:39 pm
  • Jabari Parker goes through full practice
    Jabari Parker was a full participant during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Head coach Jason Kidd said that Parker wanted to go through the Bucks' second practice on Wednesday, but he decided to hold him out as a precautionary reason. He will again hold Jabari out of Thursday's second practice, and the Bucks will continue to be extremely cautious with Parker as he recovers from the torn ACL. He's not someone that you should aggressively target on draft day. Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Mike Malone has not decided on starters
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said on Thursday that he has not officially decided on a starting five for Denver's first preseason game on Friday.

    Advice: While it's pretty clear who will start at point guard, small forward, power forward and center for the Nuggets this upcoming season, it would seem that the starting shooting guard position is still up for grabs. Wilson Chandler, Gary Harris and Randy Foye will all have the opportunity to compete for the starting two-spot in Denver, and we'll be watching that position battle closely as we approach the regular-season. We currently have Chandler penciled in to start, and as a do-it-all kind of guy, he should make for a quality late-round target regardless of how he enters the game. Thursday, 12:22 pm
  • Anderson (ankle) hopes to be cleared soon
    Alan Anderson (ankle) went to see the doctor who performed his ankle surgery on Thursday, and he hopes to soon be fully cleared for basketball activities.

    Advice: Anderson has not yet been able to practice with the Wizards, but perhaps he gets some good news from the doctor today. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but given that Anderson is expected to come off the bench in Washington, he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues. Thursday, 11:12 am
  • Kobe Bryant looking forward to playing SF
    Kobe Bryant said he's looking forward to his new role as a small forward.

    Advice: Though he'll be learning a new position, Bryant said he is looking forward to the challenge. "[I] don't have to handle the ball really at all, leaves more time to catch and shoot," Kobe said. "Makes my job a lot easier." Bryant's name carries more value than his actual production and fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else take a flier on him as he'll be on a hard-minute limit this season. Thursday, 7:35 am
  • Kobe Bryant will be rested at training camp
    Kobe Bryant played five-on-five during Wednesday's practice but he will be rested as a precaution during parts of training camp.

    Advice: "I’m sure we’ll limit minutes and things of that nature," Kobe said. "It’s my job to train to be prepared for all 82 [games]. And then whether you want to scale back or I can’t play, we’ll figure it out when the time comes." Kobe's injury risk is glaring and he'll have a hard minute-limit this season, reducing him to a flier pick in standard leagues. Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Paul George rests afternoon session
    Paul George sat out the final conditioning drill on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's fine. George is not hurt and coach Frank Vogel said there will not be restrictions on George once he's playing in games. While George absolutely broke out to start the 2013-14 season, a lot of people forget he was only a fourth-round value in his final 40 games in standard leagues that year. Draft with caution. Wednesday, 2:05 pm
  • Jabari Parker getting some scheduled rest
    Jabari Parker (rest) will not practice in Wednesday's afternoon session.

    Advice: It's just scheduled rest for last year's No. 2 pick. Parker looked fantastic in the NBATV broadcast of training camp. He was getting to the basket and didn't look to be limited in any way. The Bucks do have some depth at the forward spots with John Henson and maybe using Giannis Antetokounmpo at the four, so expect Parker to be brought along slowly. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting him. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • Rodney Hood to be a stretch four?
    Coach Quin Snyder said he could play Rodney Hood and Alec Burks together when the Jazz go small.

    Advice: That likely means Hood would be a stretch four at times. He did get some stretch-four minutes on occasion last year and he definitely has the size at 6'8". It sounds like only health will get in Hood's way this season. He is a terrific selection late in drafts. Wednesday, 12:03 pm
  • Gallinari wants to be a Nugget for life
    Danilo Gallinari said that he wants to be a Nugget for life.

    Advice: "I was just glad to stay in Denver," Gallinari said. "That was my goal. If you see my history with contracts, it’s never been about money because if it was about money I would have made other choices. But I love Denver and I want to stay here as long as I can. I would like to finish my career here. I was glad we were able to sign this contract." Gallinari was one of the best players after the All-Star break last season and is entering the season healthy, so fantasy owners shouldn't sleep on him. Considering that he will spend time at both forward spots, Gallinari is poised for a big year in Denver. Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Wilson Chandler says starting not important
    Wilson Chandler said that being a starter is not important to him.

    Advice: "I haven't even thought about [if I'll be a starter]," said Chandler. "I’ve started, I've come off the bench - to me it's no big deal." Chandler is a versatile player, so he could get his minutes at the shooting guard, small forward and power forward position for the Nuggets. Whether he's starting or not, Chandler should see a decent amount of minutes for the Nuggets after signing a four-year, $46 million extension this summer, and he'll make for a solid late-round target on draft day after averaging 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.8 three-pointers per game last season. Tuesday, 1:33 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) not limited at practice
    Jabari Parker (knee) went through a full practice with the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: "The big thing is he made it through the whole practice today and we'll see how he feels tomorrow," said head coach Jason Kidd. Parker is coming off a major knee injury and will likely have his minutes limited during the early portion of the 2014-15 season. There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Bucks offense with Kris Middleton, Greg Monroe and Giannis Antetokounmpo all vying for touches, so Parker isn't worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) sits out practice
    Alan Anderson (ankle) did not participate in the Wizards' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson is still dealing with some soreness in his ankle after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in May, although he should be ready to go when the regular season begins. With regards to fantasy, Anderson isn't likely to earn enough minutes to be worth considering in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Hoiberg says Butler will be a playmaker
    Fred Hoiberg said that he'll put Jimmy Butler in a position to be a "playmaker" for the Bulls this upcoming season.

    Advice: Butler stated back in August that he sees himself as a point guard, and that he'll be looking to put up some triple-doubles this season, and Hoiberg seems to be putting him in a position to do just that. Hoiberg also said that Butler came into camp in phenomenal shape, and that it's apparent he's added some new elements to his game. After last year's breakout season, Butler will be worth a first-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 11:28 am
  • 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
  • Kobe says Metta World Peace is smartest
    Kobe Bryant said Metta World Peace is one of the most intelligent defensive players.

    Advice: While it's been several seasons since World Peace has played in the NBA, Bryant hasn't forgetting about MWP's defensive prowess. "He's one of the most intelligent defensive players I've ever played with or against." While World Peace is all but a lock to make the Lakers final roster, he is unlikely to play a large role on the team and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:47 am
  • Kobe Bryant says he's a Laker for life
    Kobe Bryant said he's planning to be a Laker for the rest of his career.

    Advice: Bryant has been non-committal on his plans beyond the 2015-16 season, but he said he plans on being a Laker for as long as he's in the NBA. "A lot of players want to go to different teams or contend to win championships," Bryant said. "I'm a Laker, man. I'm a Laker for better or worse." While Bryant should be healthy to start the season following shoulder surgery in January, we recommend letting another fantasy owner take a late-round gamble on him. Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • Everyone loves Rodney Hood
    Raul Neto said he has to "find a way" to get Rodney Hood the ball.

    Advice: He busted loose after the break last year after he finally was able to stay healthy. Hood is on the short list of breakout candidates this year and can be a super steal late in drafts. Monday, 2:08 pm
  • 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
  • Kevin Martin 'clearly' wants to start
    Kevin Martin "made it pretty clear" he wants to start this year, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.

    Advice: The Wolves are shifting Zach LaVine more to a shooting guard, which could cut into Martin's playing time. Martin is really sliding in drafts, but he could be a nice pick with the Wolves stressing the 3-point shot. He is likely going to lead the team in makes. Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Martell Webster dropped 20 pounds
    Martell Webster said he lost 20 pounds this summer.

    Advice: Webster was already somewhat fit and maybe his lack of playing time added some excess weight. With Paul Pierce in Los Angeles, Webster could get minutes this year. He's still way behind Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Monday, 11:31 am
  • Wilson Chandler to spend time at SF, PF
    Wilson Chandler will see minutes at both small forward and power forward this season.

    Advice: With the Nuggets having a versatile roster, Chandler could even spend time at shooting guard if Denver aligns the right personnel alongside him. After signing a four-year extension to remain with the club this offseason, look for Chandler to be a leader on and off the floor for a young Denver team. Monday, 11:20 am
  • D. Gallinari to play both forward positions
    Danilo Gallinari will spend time at both forward positions this season.

    Advice: After Gallo surged at the end of last season and re-established himself in a big way, he's going to get the opportunity to create mismatches at both forward spots this season. With the versatility on Denver's roster, expect Mike Malone to try and create mismatches early and often. Monday, 11:19 am
  • Martell Webster anticipates playing stretch 4
    Martell Webster anticipates playing the stretch-4 position for the Wizards.

    Advice: When asked if he'll factor into the power forward rotation this season, Webster replied, "I know." After talking about retirement last season due to injuries, Webster is rejuvenated and ready to roll after losing 20 lbs. ahead of the 2015-16. Monday, 11:01 am
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) to be fine for camp
    Alan Anderson (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Just one day after it was reported Anderson could miss the beginning of training camp, AA says he'll be ready to go. We'll monitor his progress throughout. Monday, 9:10 am
  • Paul George deemed 100 percent healthy
    Paul George (leg, calf) has been deemed 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: Finally. Although George has voiced concern about his move to power forward, the Pacers feel it's an experiment worth trying. He's someone the entire basketball world will be watching closely in training camp, and George is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy draft pick entering 2015-16. Monday, 7:59 am
  • Vogel confirms Paul George will play PF
    Frank Vogel confirmed Paul George will play "some" power forward.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like the Pacers know exactly how much time George will spend at his new position, but the two sides will continue to work together in order to build a plan of attack that works for everyone involved. Regardless of where he's stationed, George will be at the epicenter of everything the Pacers do this season. Monday, 7:49 am
  • Paul George 'better' than he was before
    Paul George believes he is "better" than he was before his leg injury.

    Advice: "I do understand that I’m coming back as a fresh new player, with a new team, but I’m not limiting myself. I still have the aspiration of being the MVP, still have the aspiration of being one of the best defenders, one of the best scorers in the league," George added. When asked to name the best player in the NBA, George replied with his own name. Now with a fresh perspective and a new outlook, all eyes will be on George as training camp opens. Monday, 7:25 am
  • Metta World Peace embracing mentorship role
    Metta World Peace is embracing his mentorship role with the Lakers.

    Advice: "But I’m more taking a mentorship role this year. I’m direct, but I’m not going to give you a spoon full of whipped cream. I’m definitely intense. But I’m really into encouragement," MWP said. Now with his knee right and his body in shape, World Peace will be looking to surprise a few people and prove he can still contribute on the court in 2014-15. It would be a sizable surprise if he didn't make the final roster. Monday, 7:22 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. Monday, 6:23 am
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) may miss start of camp
    Alan Anderson may miss the beginning of training camp due to soreness and strength issues in his left ankle.

    Advice: Anderson underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his left ankle back in May, and it appears he's still in the recovery process, despite an initial timeline that had him returning to basketball activities in July. Reports say that he may participate in some individual drills when camp opens up on Tuesday, but the Wizards are going to be cautious in bringing him along. With Anderson limited, Kelly Oubre will have some additional opportunity to prove himself, but neither of these guys will be worth drafting in standard leagues playing limited minutes off the bench in Washington. Sep 27, 12:32 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
  • Kevin Martin will handle the ball more?
    Sam Mitchell said that he wants Kevin Martin to improve as a ball handler.

    Advice: "That’s something we’ll work with Kevin [Martin] about, get him handling the ball a bit better facilitating the offense rather than just scoring," Mitchell said. "Anytime you have a guy who can handle the ball and score, teams are going to commit two guys to stop him. It just makes you a better basketball team." Martin will be the starting shooting guard right out of the gate, but his minutes could decline towards the end of the season when the Wolves inevitably fall out of playoff contention and start to give players such as Zach LaVine more opportunities. Sep 27, 8:05 am
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