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  • Nikola Mirotic good to go for Wednesday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) will play on Thursday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He missed some preseason action due to a back tweak, but going through practice on Sunday suggested he was ready to go. Mirotic lost his starting job due to disappointing play on both ends, which really hurts his upside because he's not the only shooter in the second unit. He only played 23.3 minutes per game off the bench last year, which seems about right. Mirotic is still worth owning, but he's going to have some consistency issues. 25 minutes ago
  • Nick Young to be in the rotation?
    Nick Young is expected to get minutes at small forward on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to slide Brandon Ingram around to open up some run for Uncle P. While he did play shooting guard in most of his career, he played 100 of his 128 minutes at small forward in the preseason. Young is still not someone worth trusting in most leagues. 37 minutes ago
  • Brandon Ingram will get some PG run?
    Brandon Ingram will play some point guard on Wednesday.

    Advice: Move over PG Giannis? Jose Calderon (calf) is out, so the Lakers are really thin at the one. This isn't too surprising to hear with Ingram getting point guard run at Summer League and in the preseason. He still has a lot to learn in running an offense and he'll likely see other perimeter guys. He might start slow, but obviously the Lakers are going to give him plenty of opportunity. 44 minutes ago
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov probable Wednesday
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are being listed as probable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Houston.

    Advice: Walton already said on Tuesday that both would be available on opening night, so the probable tag is just a formality. Feel free to get them active. Today, 10:54 am
  • Popovich says Leonard 'more hungry to score'
    Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard is "more confident, more aggressive, [and] more hungry to score than in the past."

    Advice: "He basically tells me what he wants to do now," Popovich said of Leonard. "He’ll take the ball. He’ll send the screener away. He’ll decide if he wants to go one-on-one with no screen, no pick. He is much more demonstrative, looks for his shots more. He knows he has a green light." This was made painfully evident when Leonard torched the Warriors' for a career-high 35 points in his regular-season debut on Tuesday, and he looks all setup for another fantastic season as the face of the Spurs franchise. Today, 10:23 am
  • Will Barton expected to start sans Harris
    Will Barton will likely start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Dempsey is a highly reliable source, and he speculates the starting five for Wednesday's game will be Emmanuel Mudiay, Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Assuming Barton starts, he'll draw a favorable matchup against New Orleans, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS play. Wilson Chandler should also be able to see some increased minutes with Harris on the sidelines. Today, 10:00 am
  • Ben Simmons (foot) will play this season?
    76ers CEO Scott O'Neil said that Ben Simmons (foot) will play during the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "Injuries happen, as we saw with Simmons, who fortunately will be back this season, which is terrific news," O’Neil said Wednesday morning. While Simmons remains without an official timetable to return, early reports speculate that he could be looking at a three-month absence, which would have him back sometime in January. If he does get back this season, he'll likely be brought along slowly with a strict minutes limit, so he's not a great stash in most leagues. Today, 9:50 am
  • Casey hints Carroll could log major mins at 4
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMarre Carroll could be forced into major minutes with Jared Sullinger (foot) out indefinitely.

    Advice: While Casey wouldn't say who would start at the four-spot for Toronto on Wednesday night, he stipulated that if he sees Pascal Siakam struggling, he'll look to Carroll to log major minutes. Carroll is looking to bounce-back this year after dealing with a litany of injuries during his 2015-16 campaign, and it looks like he'll be getting all the minutes he can handle with Sullinger looking at a lengthy absence. Today, 9:39 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) out for season opener
    Tony Allen (right knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: With Allen on the sidelines to begin the year, it will likely be Vince Carter or Troy Daniels sliding into the starting two-spot, but neither guy is a very attractive option on a busy 10-game night. Head coach David Fizdale said that Allen is "not far away" from being ready, so there's a decent chance we see him in uniform for either Saturday's game vs. the Knicks or Sunday's game against the Wizards. Today, 9:24 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic could start Wednesday?
    Kenny Atkinson said he's debating between starting Joe Harris or Bojan Bogdanovic for Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. Boston with Randy Foye (hamstring) unavailable.

    Advice: It would be surprising if Atkinson elected to go with Harris over Bogdanovic, but even if Bogdanovic doesn't start, he's sure to see plenty of minutes with Foye on the sidelines. Go ahead and get him active if you're looking for some points and triples. Today, 8:55 am
  • Bazemore shooting for All-Defensive honors
    Kent Bazemore said his personal goal for this season is to make the All-Defensive team.

    Advice: "I want to be on an All-Defensive team," Bazemore said. "I think, for me, if I do that then the team will be in a great spot." It's a realistic goal for Bazemore, who is an elite defender, and he'll be looking to take another step forward in his development during his age-27 season. At the very least, Bazemore should be able to meet last year's averages of 11.6 points, 5.1 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples per game, which was good enough for seventh-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. Today, 8:42 am
  • Shumpert going through concussion protocol
    Iman Shumpert is currently going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and there's a chance he could miss Cleveland's next two games.

    Advice: The Cavs have a back-to-back set coming up Friday vs. Toronto and Saturday vs. Orlando, but Shumpert will need to pass a series of tests and deemed symptom free if he wants to play this weekend. If he's out, DeAndre Liggins will see some increased minutes as Kyrie Irving's primary backup. Today, 8:11 am
  • Kyle Korver confident he can bounce back
    Kyle Korver is confident that he can have a bounce-back year after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign.

    Advice: "I worked out two and three times a day all summer league," said Korver. "And I feel great. I feel ready and I feel prepared. I operated all summer with the mindset of my best basketball is in front of me. It wasn’t a couple of years ago. My best basketball is still to be played." Korver said that he spent a lot of time working to improve as a ball handler, and he's happy to enter the year healthy after spending the previous offseason rehabbing. Still, he's 35 years old and was only a late-round guy last year, so we're not expecting much. Today, 6:20 am
  • Jonathan Simmons impresses in opener
    Jonathan Simmons came off the Spurs' bench and went off for a career-high 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wow. We have our first real surprise of the young season and Simmons will be a hot pickup in fantasy. "He was the spark that gave us that lead," Manu Ginobili said of Simmons. "He was outstanding." The 3-pointers were also a career high and he was terrific at moving the help defense to open things up. If you don't think the guy you'll cut will be a top pickup, go get Simmons and hope that this wasn't a fluke. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Manu Ginobili scores 10 in easy win
    Manu Ginobili played 21 minutes off the bench and hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's blowout 129-100 win over Warriors.

    Advice: Ginobili was worth a pickup as one of a few players to have four games on the schedule this week and he basically came through. But on weeks when the Spurs aren't playing the maximum number of games, Ginobili won't be too intriguing in fantasy. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Kyle Anderson fizzles in start for Spurs
    Kyle Anderson started in place of injured Danny Green (thigh) on Tuesday, but had just three points and four rebounds in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Manu Ginobili played pretty well and made a much bigger impact than Anderson, while Jonathan Simmons was the no-name Spur that caught everyone's eye tonight. Ignore Anderson and target Tony Parker, Ginobili or Simmons off your waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Andre Iguodala plays 27 minutes in opener
    Andre Iguodala hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in 27 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: Only Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark joined Iguodala by playing meaningful minutes off the bench tonight (13), so it looks like the only Warriors you're going to want to mess with, as long as the starters are healthy, are the starters. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Klay Thompson struggles with shot in loss
    Klay Thompson hit just 5-of-13 shots and only hit one 3-pointer on his way to 11 points, one rebound, two assists, zero steals and zero blocks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ouch. His shot wasn't falling early and it's important to note that he took 13 or fewer shots 18 times last season. There's no reason to panic, but it does make sense that he sees fewer looks this season with Kevin Durant on board. Had he started off a little hotter from the field, his line would have looked better, but this line is a good example of why we were a little down on Klay coming into this season. If it makes you feel better, he started last season off hitting 3-of-8, 4-of-10 and 6-of-12 shots in his first three games. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Durant posts solid stats in ugly loss
    Kevin Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 11-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: KD, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry all got to eat tonight, but the outcome of the game was highly disappointing for the Oracle faithful, as they lost 129-100. Let's remember this team has only been together for a short time and this was their first real game. We're guessing they'll be blowing opponents' doors off a month from now, if not sooner. If you drafted Durant, tonight is a good sign that things are going to work out. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Draymond Green plays well in ugly loss
    Draymond Green scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals, a block and two 3-pointers

    Advice: So much for Dray taking a hit with the arrival of KD, but this was just one game. Regardless of what happens going forward, this is a good reminder that Green has unlimited potential and is one of the best defenders in the league. He was great tonight and will end up being a draft-day steal if he keeps this up for the long haul. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Rodney Hood tweaks ankle, scores 26
    Rodney Hood scored 26 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three treys vs. the Blazers, but he appeared to roll his left ankle.

    Advice: Hood stayed in the game and didn't receive any medical attention, but he hasn't been very durable in the past and we will put him on the injury report to be safe. With Gordon Hayward (finger), Derrick Favors (knee) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) all out, Hood was the focal point of the offense in the first half, while seven-time All Star Joe Johnson took over in the third quarter. Hood averaged 14.5 points and 2.0 treys per game last season, so the talent is there for the 24-year-old SG. His value will inevitably take a hit when Hayward is back, but ride Hood while he’s hot. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 35
    Kawhi Leonard hit 10-of-21 shots and 15-of-15 free throws on his way to a career-high 35 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals in Tuesday's surprising blowout 129-100 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: Leonard is a freak and had the ball in his hands on nearly every possession tonight. If you had the No. 7 pick in your draft and ended up with Kawhi, things are sure looking up right now. But just keep in mind that he plays for Gregg Popovich, who may not turn him loose like this on a nightly basis. And now might also be a good time to remind everyone that the Pacers traded Leonard as a rookie - for George Hill. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 29 w/ three 3-pointers
    Joe Johnson caught fire in the second half of Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, finishing with 29 points, four boards, three assists, one steal and three treys in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He looked every bit of his 35 years in the first half with just two points, but responded with a 15-point third quarter and finished 12-of-16 from the field. Johnson isn’t the most reliable fantasy option, but he’s likely going to be starting for the next 2-3 weeks with Gordon Hayward (finger) out. Just keep your expectations in check. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Evan Turner struggles in debut Tuesday
    Evan Turner struggled in his Blazers debut vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: To his credit, his only make from the field was a crucial jumper late in the fourth quarter, and he did save his stat line with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Turner saw 26 minutes off the bench compared to 29 for Allen Crabbe, while starting SF Moe Harkless was very quiet in 22 minutes. The depth of the Blazers limits Turner's upside, but he should do enough to hold low-end value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Moe Harkless goes scoreless in 22 minutes
    Moe Harkless was held without a point in Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz, finishing with one rebound, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He’s not going to lose his starting role with one bad game, but that doesn’t mean his minutes are safe — the Blazers signed both Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner to lucrative long-term deals over the summer and they’re going to find minutes. Harkless is in there for his defense, rebounding and the occasional 3-pointer, but leave him on the wire in standard leagues until further notice. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Damian, C.J., Harkless, Aminu, Mason starting
    Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee are starting vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Festus Ezeli (knee) is inactive. Harkless earned the starting SF role with a strong finish to the 2015-16 season and he was able to carry that momentum over to the offseason. With that said, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe will still see significant minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Parker, Anderson, Leonard, LA, Pau starting
    Tony Parker, Kyle Anderson, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol will start vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: As expected, Anderson will start in place of Danny Green (thigh), who is expected to miss about three weeks of action. The Spurs are the only team to play four times in Week 1. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Shumpert (concussion symptoms) won't return
    Iman Shumpert (concussion symptoms) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers are still evaluating him in the locker room, so there could be another update after the game. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes. With Kay Felder (concussion) on the shelf, DeAndre Liggins will take Shumpert's place in the rotation for the remainder of the game. Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Iman Shumpert heads to the locker room
    Iman Shumpert (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He collided with Kristaps Porzingis and it seemed like he was having a tough time standing up on his own. The Cavs may check him for a concussion, but we'll have an update momentarily. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Parsons (knee) going through 5-on-5 work
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) has progressed to going through 5-on-5 work.

    Advice: Parsons said that he's been feeling "much better" now than he was at the start of training camp, that he hasn't lost a step, and that he hopes to get back on the court "soon." The Grizzlies have made it very clear that they won't rush anything with Parsons' rehab, but him going through full practices and 5-on-5 work is a very encouraging sign. He'll spend opening night on the sidelines, and remains without a firm timetable to return, but it does appear he's getting close. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov will play in opener
    Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that both Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be good to go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Deng could provide some low-end value to begin the year, but his role could slowly diminish in Los Angeles as the losses begin to pile up and player development becomes a priority over wins. Mozgov signed a massive deal with the Lakers this offseason, but it would be surprising if he were a significant factor in fantasy hoops this year. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Deng, Mozgov probable for season opener
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are probable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Neither guy is dealing with a significant injury, so it would be very surprising to see them miss opening night. Deng will be L.A.'s starting small forward, but his minutes could be held in check with the development of Brandon Ingram being a priority for the Lakers. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons (calf) will play Tuesday
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) is good to go for San Antonio's regular-season opener against the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll help fill the void with Danny Green (thigh) on the sidelines, but Kyle Anderson will be picking up most of the two-guard minutes. Simmons can't be relied upon in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:16 pm
  • Kyle Anderson will start Tuesday vs. Warriors
    Kyle Anderson will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Warriors with Danny Green (thigh) unavailable.

    Advice: Anderson is going to draw a very tough matchup tonight, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do going up against Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. While Anderson could struggle to produce, Thompson could have himself a very nice game tonight. The Spurs do start the year with a four-game week, so picking up Anderson for streaming purposes does make sense. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) has been downgraded to questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's getting close to a return, but may be forced to sit out the first game of the season. Allen is little more than a steals specialist in deep leagues. Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • Tony Allen expected to play opener.
    Tony Allen (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen missed all six of the Grizzlies preseason games due to knee soreness, but it's is obviously an encouraging sign that he is ready to roll for the season opener on Wednesday night. Monday, 12:34 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) won't play in opener.
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) will not play in season opener.

    Advice: Parsons is recovering from surgery to his right knee and had been making progress. There was some hope that he would be ready for the season's first game, but coach David Fizdale told reporters on Monday that Parsons would not be available. Afer signing Parsons to a max deal this summer, the Grizz are understandably taking a cautious approach with their $94.4 million investment. Monday, 12:15 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) practice in full Sunday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Mirotic was also a full participant during Saturday's practice, so all indications are that he'll be just fine for opening night. Fred Hoiberg still has yet to commit to a starting five, but at this point, it would be surprising if Taj Gibson didn't start. Mirotic does have some upside, but it could be tough for him to reach his true potential in a reserve role. He's more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Sunday, 12:20 pm
  • Johnson, Hayward, Burks don't practice Sunday
    Joe Johnson, Gordon Hayward (finger) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Hayward is in the early stages of his recovery process and isn't expected to get back onto the court until mid-to-late November, while Burks remains out indefinitely following the offseason knee and ankle surgeries. Johnson's non-participation was due to rest, but he'll obviously be fine for opening night. Johnson could be more involved in Utah's offense to start the year with Hayward out, but he's not really worth drafting in standard settings. Sunday, 11:30 am
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Sunday, 7:41 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) practices on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) returned to a full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Although Fred Hoiberg has not yet decided on Chicago's opening night power forward, the expectation is for Mirotic to be available. Mirotic has the potential to be an intriguing fantasy commodity, but he's more of a flier right now given his competition for minutes as well as his uncertain role. Saturday, 12:21 pm
  • Spurs exercise Kyle Anderson's 4th-yr option
    Spurs exercise the fourth-year contract option on F Kyle Anderson.

    Advice: This was just a formality and was never really in doubt. Anderson is expected to begin the season with a larger role because Danny Green (thigh) will be out of the lineup. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Kyle Anderson ready to step up for Spurs
    Kyle Anderson said he's ready to step up with Danny Green (thigh) on the shelf.

    Advice: "I’ve played this game for a long time and I feel I can play a lot of different positions," Anderson said. "If the coaches have faith in me, of course, I’m going to have faith in myself." Coach Gregg Popovich has been looking for more minutes for Anderson and added that the forward has a "good feel for the game," so he's the favorite to slide into the starting unit for the first three weeks of the season. The Spurs are the only team with four games in Week 1, so he's not a bad streaming option after scoring 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes on Friday. On a side note, the Spurs exercised their team option to extend Anderson's contract on Friday. Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Jonathon Simmons will be ready for opener
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) promised that he would be ready for the season opener on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Danny Green (quad) is expected to miss a few weeks of action, so Simmons could also be in the rotation. Coach Gregg Popovich previously said that Simmons could miss "days" with his injury, but it sounds relatively minor. The Spurs will use a committee approach to replace Green's minutes, so guys like Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson and Patty Milles could get a slight bump. For now, Simmons doesn't belong on most fantasy rosters. Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Stotts confirms Harkless will start at SF
    Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.

    Advice: It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now. Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Unfair Advantage: Durant drops 28-7-6 line
    Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player. Friday, 10:49 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Moe Harkless the favorite to start?
    Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts. Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has another strong preseason
    Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That's a wrap for his preseason and he obviously dominated. In his five games, Leonard averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 treys in just 22.2 minutes per game. He's an elite option and should be coming off the board in the same neighborhood as Karl-Anthony Towns. Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Kyle Anderson scores 10 in start
    Kyle Anderon scored 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes during his start for Danny Green (quad) on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich is a mad scientist when it comes to replacing an injured starter, but most signs point to it being Anderson. The Spurs could obviously shift Kawhi Leonard over to the two and give themselves more size on the outside -- Anderson can guard most threes. Pop has also said he wanted to get Anderson more minutes, so this situation gives him a chance to do so. He's not a lock for consistent production, but give him a look if you have dead weight until things clear up. Friday, 9:40 pm
  • Parsons practicing, not cleared for games
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has fully participated in the last two practices, but has yet to be cleared for game action.

    Advice: "No problems at all with the knee," Parsons said to ESPN. There is still some hope Parsons can get out there for the opener, but the Grizzlies will take it easy on their max guy. He's going to slide in fantasy drafts big time, but he does have value after the middle rounds. Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Luol Deng out for Friday night
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a night off for the veteran. Deng should start the opener, but he'll have Brandon Ingram right behind him all season. Friday, 5:43 pm
  • Simmons could miss 'days' with injury
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Jonathon Simmons (calf) could miss "days" with his injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he could be ready to start the season. If he can make it back before Danny Green (thigh), Simmons could be in the rotation. Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Kyle Anderson starting on Friday night
    Kyle Anderson will start for Danny Green (thigh) on Friday night.

    Advice: The position flexibility is helpful here and we might see Anderson run more stuff on offense. With Danny Green (thigh) possibly missing weeks, there is a chance here. He's been a little disappointing this month, so he's only a short-term option. Friday, 3:57 pm
  • Ben Simmons progressing, has sutures removed
    Ben Simmons (foot) had his sutures removed and is continuing to progress with his day-to-day rehabilitation

    Advice: He recently had a two-week, post-operative exam to repair the Jones fracture in his foot. Coach Brett Brown said earlier today the team was hopeful to have Simmons back in January, but he added at the press conference it was "premature" and that he was just excited. Basically, we would consider Simmons doubtful to play in January and questionable to play all season. Friday, 3:50 pm
  • Sixers expecting Simmons back in January?
    Coach Brett Brown said the team expects Ben Simmons (foot) to return in January.

    Advice: "It’s not doom and gloom," Brown said. It's a very unclear picture on Simmons right now. There was some talk of his agent wanting to keep him out all year, which isn't too far-fetched because there is about a seven percent re-fracture rate on Jones fractures. Unless you have an IR spot, it's going to be tough to stash Simmons. Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Spurs pick up options on Slo-Mo
    The Spurs exercised their fourth-year option on Kyle Anderson.

    Advice: This was a no-brainer for the Spurs. Anderson has been a letdown this month after coach Gregg Popovich said he has to find playing time for him. If Kawhi Leonard misses time, Anderson will be a hot fantasy add. Friday, 11:45 am
  • ESPN: Wolves interested in Iman Shumpert
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wolves are among "several teams" who are interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Shumpert hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a four-year, $40 million deal prior to last season, as he shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from deep in 2015-16. The report adds that the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert for nothing, though they could significantly improve their tax situation if they find a suitor for the SG. His upside isn't great, so there's no need to stash him. On a side note, Zach LaVine's owners have nothing to worry about. Friday, 7:17 am
  • Kyle Korver shines at Creighton
    Kyle Korver scored 16 points with four rebounds, six assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He had the alma mater advantage in Omaha at Creighton University for this game, but Korver is coming in with some momentum. In his five preseason games, Korver averaged 10.2 points, 2.0 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.2 treys on 58.6 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. He could bounce back this year as a late pick. Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic continues to come off bench
    Bojan Bogdanovic came off the bench yet again on Thursday, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: One of the big surprises this month is Bogdanovic did not make a single start in the preseason. While coach Kenny Atkinson did say he wanted to take it easy on him because of the Olympics, so many new pieces on this team makes it hard to believe he would take it to this extreme. Bogey looked like a lock to start, but maybe he launches off the bench. He should still score a ton in the second unit. Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Nick Young drops 19 points w/ five 3-pointers
    Nick Young scored 19 points as the Lakers' starting SF on Wednesday, making 7-of-13 shots with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Young's effort on both ends of the court has been impressive this preseason, and coach Luke Walton has taken note. "[Young] was messing with Kevin Durant tonight," Walton said. "That's not easy." The veteran swingman seems committed to earning a substantial role despite L.A.'s youth movement, but fantasy owners should view him in context -- Young has yet to crack the top-100 (8-cat or 9-cat) in his nine-year career. Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Kevin Durant racks up 27/6/4 in 31 minutes
    Kevin Durant finished Wednesday's victory with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: This marks a preseason high for Durant in scoring and free throws made (7-of-7), but it's also the first time that he's logged more than 26 minutes. He's yet to miss from the line in 26 attempts and he's a combined 14-of-26 from downtown this preseason, the type of efficiency you'd expect from a former MVP. A dip in usage and shot attempts is probable, but concerns about his ability to share the court with the Warriors' incumbent scorers are overblown. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Rodney Hood (sprained hand) shoots 2-of-8
    Rodney Hood (sprained hand) started on Wednesday but had only five points on 2-of-8 shooting during Utah's 88-84 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward's fractured finger opens up more playing time for Hood to begin the season, with Joe Johnson also soaking up extra minutes. Hood was a top-75 value on a cumulative basis last season, and is still a worthy mid-late round target even if his minutes dip from last year's 32.2 per game. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Joe Johnson quiet despite another start
    Joe Johnson had another quiet game on Wednesday with four points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson didn't play poorly, but his limited minutes and stats are symptomatic of his new role as a veteran glue-guy in Utah. It's hard to justify drafting him in standard leagues, even with Gordon Hayward (finger) on the sidelines to start the season. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Luol Deng rested Wednesday vs. Warriors
    Luol Deng will be rested vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's nothing to see here, as L.A. is taking the opportunity to rest the veteran in a meaningless game. Nick Young will get the start at SF in his absence. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Nick Young will start on Wednesday
    Nick Young will start on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He's actually having a pretty nice preseason and even coach Luke Walton praised Uncle P's defense. Young isn't a complete lock for the rotation, but he is helping his case this month. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hand) starting Wednesday's game
    Rodney Hood (hand) will start Wednesday's game alongside George Hill, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert.

    Advice: Hood was a full participant in shootaround and the injury is a non-factor. Wednesday, 5:17 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) out for Thursday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) will not travel for Thursday's game.

    Advice: He was in some pain from his back injury on Monday. Mirotic has likely lost his chance to start on opening night with Taj Gibson leapfrogging him. With Mirotic out, Bobby Portis should have a bigger role off the bench. While Mirotic has lost some value, he's still a decent flier at the end of drafts. Wednesday, 11:09 am
  • Rodney Hood (hand) expected to play Wednesday
    Rodney Hood (hand) was a full participant during shootaround and is on track to play in Wednesday's preseason game against Portland.

    Advice: Hood has been on the sidelines for the last few games with a minor hand injury, but it looks like he'll be back out there tonight. With Gordon Hayward (finger) not expected to make his regular-season debut until mid-November, Hood should have more shots falling his way to begin the year. He's worth a late-round look on draft day. Wednesday, 9:43 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores seven Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore's quiet preseason continued on Tuesday vs. New Orleans, as he scored seven points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one triple in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The money stats were nice, but Bazemore has only scored in double digits one time through four preseason games. He will have a similar role this season after averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in 2015-16, but he tends to fall in drafts and should be available towards the end of the middle rounds. Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Dennis, Kyle, Baze, Millsap, Howard starting
    Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard will start vs. the Pelicans Tuesday.

    Advice: It appears that the Hawks are treating this game like a dress rehearsal for the regular season. Korver was rested on Sunday, but there's no injury to report. He's coming off a down year, but he's still worth owning for his reliable 3-point shooting. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) out Wednesday
    Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: This was his final chance to play in the preseason, so this is disappointing. The Grizzlies won't provide a timetable, but Parsons has been spotted running and getting some shots up. For now, we'll consider him closer to doubtful for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:13 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) doesn't practice Tues
    Nikola Mirotic (strained back) was unable to practice on Tuesday, and his status for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks remains uncertain.

    Advice: Mirotic sustained the injury during Monday's preseason loss to the Hornets, and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him sit out Thursday's meaningless game if there's any question at all that he's not completely recovered. Consistency has been a major issue for Mirotic through his first two years in the league, but when he's on, he's capable of producing at a top-60 level. Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • Draymond Green adjusting to new role
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green is adjusting to a new role with Kevin Durant in town.

    Advice: "It’s going to be an adjustment for sure," Kerr said. "Draymond may not touch the ball as often because obviously KD will be touching it quite a bit, more than Harrison [Barnes] did. The dynamics change." While Green may not touch the ball as much as he did last year, he'll still have early-round fantasy value due to his ability to fill up the stat sheet in other ways. Tuesday, 9:15 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) says he's day-to-day
    Nikola Mirotic (strained back) said he is "day to day" after being injured during Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't return after feeling a "sharp pain," and the Bulls will assuredly play it safe with him over the next week. Fantasy owners should keep a very close watch for updates, but for now this doesn't sound serious enough to bump him down draft boards. Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 12 off the bench
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 12 points off the bench with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes vs. the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Atkinson hasn't committed to a starting lineup for opening night, but he said he's expecting a "big year" from the 27-year-old wing. "I think he’s ready, doing well in practice, shooting the ball well. We’re pushing him to defend better and rebound better." Atkinson added that the reason Bogdanovic's workload has been so limited is because he had a long summer with the Croatian national team. He's still worth a look late if you need points and treys. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Mirotic (lower back strain) will not return
    Nikola Mirotic (lower back strain) will not return to Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He took a hard fall and the Bulls aren't going to take any chances here. He played 10 minutes, but missed all four of his shots from the field (all 3-pointers) with two rebounds and one steal. If he's forced to miss time, Taj Gibson will be looking at heavy minutes and Bobby Portis will take over the backup role. It's been a miserable preseason for Mirotic. Monday, 7:03 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hand) ruled out for Monday
    Rodney Hood (hand) missed the morning shootaround and will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful and the Jazz will continue to be cautious. For what it's worth, Hood is day-to-day and is expected to be ready for the opener, and he even got some shots up on the side. We should get a long look at Dante Exum tonight. Oct 17, 10:07 am
  • Hood, Favors doubtful for Monday vs. LAC
    Rodney Hood (hand) and Derrick Favors (knee) both sat out Sunday's practice, and head coach Quin Snyder called them doubtful for Monday's exhibition game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Snyder added that he would not rule either out for the remainder of the preseason, but with just two more games to go, they're running out of opportunities to get out there. For what it's worth, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune speculated that there's a 95 percent chance that Hood would be ready for opening night, although he could not make the same declaration regarding Favors. Oct 16, 11:48 am
  • Atkinson hasn't decided on starting lineup
    Kenny Atkinson said he's still unsure if Bojan Bogdanovic will be a starter this season.

    Advice: Atkinson has brought Bogdanovic off the bench in every single preseason game thus far, but he still has two preseason games to experiment with his starting five. It looks like the position battle between Randy Foye and Bogdanovic is very real, and it does make some sense to bring Bogdanovic off the bench given Brooklyn's lack of scoring options in the second unit. Regardless of how this shakes out, Bogdanovic is the preferable late-round target for those seeking some points and triples. Oct 16, 11:43 am
  • KD, Klay & Curry combined for 55 on 78.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points against the Lakers on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, no turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's quite a stat line and drives home the point of how Durant is not just a scorer. Speaking of scoring, Stephen Curry scored 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field and Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field. The three of them combined for 55 points on a pristine 78.1 true shooting percentage and were wide open all night. When they're on, this team will be impossible to defend and there will be plenty of nights they're scoring over 130. KD is still a top-four pick in standard leagues. Oct 15, 9:50 pm
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