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  • Ersan Ilyasova plays well off bench
    Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench on Tuesday and hit 6-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 17 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He's still expected to start at power forward when the games matter and if he can stay healthy, could be primed for a bounce-back season in Detroit. 15 minutes ago
  • Rockets stars sitting on Tuesday night
    James Harden (knee), Dwight Howard (rest), Ty Lawson (rest) and Marcus Thornton (rest) are all out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Suns.

    Advice: Harden's knee is a bit of a concern and he might miss the rest of the preseason, but the other dudes are just resting tonight. 56 minutes ago
  • Brandon Bass says knees feel good
    Brandon Bass said Tuesday's his knees feel good and that they're no longer an issue.

    Advice: His knee problems were never thought to be serious, so this isn't earth shattering news. Today, 5:11 pm
  • Parker (knee) still not cleared to play
    Jason Kidd said that Jabari Parker (knee surgery) has looked great in practices, but he has still not been cleared to play by the Bucks' medical staff.

    Advice: The Bucks haven’t offered much on a potential return date for Parker, but if one thing is clear, it's that he'll be brought along very, very slowly. If you decide to use a late-round flier on Parker, do it with the understanding that you'll need to be extremely patient as the Bucks' slowly integrate him back into the rotation. Today, 4:05 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (rest) will not play Tuesday
    Mario Chalmers (rest) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: He'll be used sparingly as Goran Dragic's backup this season, so there's no reason to look his way in standard leagues. Today, 3:46 pm
  • C.J. Miles (bronchitis) will not play Tuesday
    C.J. Miles (bronchitis) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Miles has plenty of time to rest up before the regular season, so he should be fine. He'll likely start at small forward for the Pacers this season, and he's worth considering as a late-round flier in deep leagues for owners looking to shore up the 3-point category. Today, 3:35 pm
  • C.J. Watson will start Tuesday vs. Miami
    C.J. Watson will start Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton is dealing with a minor hamstring injury, so Watson will get the opporutnity to start tonight. Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Channing Frye and Nikola Vucavic will join Watson in the starting lineup, and Aaron Gordon will make his preseason debut off the bench. Today, 3:32 pm
  • Alan Anderson undergoes ankle surgery
    Alan Anderson underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle, and a timeline for his return has yet to be determined.

    Advice: This is the same ankle that required surgery during the offseason, and the second procedure all but guarantees he'll be spending some time on the sidelines when the regular season begins. Anderson isn't worth drafting in any format. Today, 3:15 pm
  • Goran Dragic (rest) will not play Tuesday
    Goran Dragic (rest) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside (calf), will all get the night off, as head coach Erik Spoelstra does his best Gregg Popovich impersonation. Whiteside is the only guy out of the group dealing with an actual injury, and this is preseason basketball at its finest. Today, 2:57 pm
  • George Hill (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. DET
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) will play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: The minor injury will only have cost Hill one preseason game, and head coach Frank Vogel said if this were the regular season he wouldn't have missed any time. He's numbers could dip playing next to Monta Ellis and Paul George, but as Indiana's starting point guard, he should still be a serviceable asset in standard leagues. Today, 2:46 pm
  • Monta Ellis (right knee) will play on Tuesday
    Monta Ellis (right knee sprain) will play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful on Monday, but Monta really doesn't like missing games. In fact, Ellis has only sat out a mere two games in the past three seasons, which is impressive to say the least. He'll be one of the main guys on offense for the Pacers this season, and is well worth a mid-round selection for owners seeking some points and steals with a handful of 3-pointers and assists. Today, 2:44 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) targeting Sunday
    Kevin Love (shoulder) could make his preseason debut on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Love has been practicing in full, so it's only a matter of time until he makes his preseason debut. As a third-option on offense in Cleveland, Love compiled averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 three-pointers per game last season, which was good enough for third-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. Targeting him late in the third-round makes sense. Today, 2:37 pm
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) will not play Tuesday
    J.R. Smith (hamstring, rest) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Cavs are calling it a rest day, but Smith is also dealing with a minor hamstring issue. While he may miss some more preseason games, he should be ready to roll as Cleveland's starting two-guard when the regular season begins. Smith tends to be a slow-starter, but he was a third-round asset after the break last season, making him well worth a late-round selection on draft day. Today, 2:29 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) out Wednesday
    Nikola Pekovic (right Achilles) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's preseason game against the Raptors.

    Advice: He could very well sit out all of the Timberwolves preseason games, and it's not even certain if he'll be ready for the regular season. He's never made it through a full NBA season, and with the added depth in Minnesota, he'll more than likely be an afterthought in most fantasy leagues. Today, 1:33 pm
  • Brandon Bass (left knee) will play on Tuesday
    Brandon Bass (left knee) will play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Kings.

    Advice: Bass missed the past week of action with a bruised knee, but the injury was never considered serious. He'll likely be getting minutes in the low-20s this season as Julius Randle's backup, making him a non-option in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 1:23 pm
  • Roy Hibbet (knee) will play Tuesday vs. SAC
    Roy Hibbert (knee) will play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: The fact that Hibbert will be playing in Tuesday's meaningless game confirms that the injury was never serious, and it'll be interesting to see how he fares against DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings. He's been rolling for the Lakers so far, averaging 7.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks through four preseason outings, and as the unquestioned starting center in Los Angeles, he’s worth a late-round gamble on draft day. Today, 1:19 pm
  • Rose (eye) unlikely to play during preseason
    Derrick Rose (eye) is "about a week away" from returning to practice, and it's unlikely he plays in any of Chicago's remaining preseason games, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that while Rose has not yet officially been ruled out for the regular-season opener, he is in jeopardy of missing that game. Rose hasn't had a lot of luck staying healthy over the years, and after an unspectacular 2014-15 season in which he averaged 17.7 points, 4.9 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 3.2 turnovers per game on 40.5 percent shooting, he's not looking like a strong target in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 12:15 pm
  • James Harden (knee) unlikely to play Tuesday
    James Harden implied that he will not play again during the preseason until his right knee is 100 percent.

    Advice: "I'm just going to take my time," Harden said. "It's preseason. I'm just going to make sure I'm healthy for the beginning of the season. I'd like to be on the court, but I'll just focus on what I need to get done and not overdo it right now." This is pretty standard procedure for an NBA superstar with little to gain from preseason games, so we'll consider him doubtful for Tuesday's matchup with the Suns. To be clear, the injury is not considered serious, and The Beard remains worth a top-3 selection on draft day. Today, 11:46 am
  • Tyler Zeller penciled in as starting center?
    Brad Stevens implied that Tyler Zeller may be the Celtics starting center on opening night.

    Advice: "My thought right now is we won’t play more than four [bigs] on most nights," Stevens said. "Whoever those four may be, may depend on the night, may depend on how they’re playing, may depend on who is healthy." Stevens has already stated that he knows what group of players he likes playing together, so based on Boston's first two preseason games it would appear that David Lee and Tyler Zeller have secured their spot in the starting lineup, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk the first two off the bench. This isn't great news for Jared Sullinger and Jonas Jerebko, who have been the last few to leave the bench in the Celtics crowded rotation, and this situation in general is not ideal for fantasy hoops. Lee is really the only guy worth targeting with a late-round pick in standard leagues. Today, 11:11 am
  • Aaron Gordon to play 12-15 minutes Tuesday
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he intends to play Aaron Gordon (jaw) for 12-15 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is great news for Gordon's fantasy prospects as he's due to return four days in advance of his targeted October 17 return. As long as he can stay healthy during the preseason, Gordon is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he's due to see big minutes starting alongside Tobias Harris. Today, 10:23 am
  • Elfrid Payton will not play on Tuesday
    Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will not play on Tuesday, according to Magic head coach Scott Skiles.

    Advice: Payton's injury isn't thought to be serious, so it's good news for his fantasy prospects that the team is being cautious before the start of the regular season. Payton has his shooting limitations, but is still worth a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues as he'll see big minutes this season. Today, 10:20 am
  • Tyler Ennis cleared for contact but not games
    Tyler Ennis (shoulder) has been cleared for contact, but not for game action as of yet.

    Advice: Ennis is still recovering from shoulder surgery and isn't expected back until mid-November. His initial clearance for contact is a step in the right direction, but he's also buried on the Bucks depth chart and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 9:51 am
  • Jahlil Okafor says he's not injured
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) said he's not dealing with an "injury" and is just being precautious.

    Advice: While Okafor says he'd like to play right now, he is trying to keep the bigger picture in mind. 'It's not an injury," The rookie said. "All our coaches, trainers go overboard to make sure you're healthy." Okafor should be ready to go for the start of the season, but he's not worth more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 9:38 am
  • Nik Stauskas back at Sixers practice
    Nik Stauskas (leg) was back at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stauskas was seen shooting at practice on Tuesday, which bodes well for his right tibia stress reaction. Sauce is expected to be the Sixers starting shooting guard and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to get healthy for the start of the regular season. Today, 9:24 am
  • Jahlil Okafor reminds coach of Stoudemire
    Sixers head coach Brett Brown said Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) reminds him of Amare Stoudemire.

    Advice: Okafor has been dealing with a sore right knee, but his head coach sees a Stoudemire comparison that doesn't have anything to do with knee injury. "At times he reminds me of Amar’e [Stoudemire] who was a big spin guy and Jahlil likes that move," Brown said. Okafor will have fantasy value this season, but he's limited to more of a late-round flier due to the inconsistency that is bound to come during his rookie season. Today, 8:18 am
  • James Harden takes analytics w/ grain of salt
    James Harden (knee) said he believes in advanced stats, but thinks they can go overboard sometimes.

    Advice: Though he said he thinks there is value to advanced stats, Harden said he doesn't think about those numbers while he's playing. "That’s too much," he said. "I don’t need to be thinking about none of that. I just need to go out there and play my game and attack." Harden's knee injury isn't thought to be serious and he should be ready to provide top-5 fantasy value starting on opening night. Today, 7:22 am
  • Tyler Zeller still hoping for extension
    Tyler Zeller is still hoping he and the Celtics can agree to a contract extension.

    Advice: Zeller has until October 31 to sign an extension that will keep him from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season, but isn't sweating the deadline. "I’ve heard that," said Zeller. "Look, it’s one of those things that, would it be great to get one? Yeah. But at the same time, you know, I’ve got one more year on my contract. I love playing, and I’m just going to try to do whatever I can to play as well as I can. Whether I’ve got one year left or six years left, I’m just going to keep playing hard." Zeller has some value in deeper fantasy leagues, but is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and will struggle to provide consistent value in standard leauges. Today, 6:29 am
  • Josh McRoberts not playing on Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (knee) will not play on Tuesday against the Magic.

    Advice: He has general minor knee soreness and it is not serious. McRoberts also sat out on Monday, so the Heat want to be careful after he suffered a season-ending knee injury last year. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Chris Paul (finger) goes full speed at practice
    Chris Paul (finger) went full speed at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Great news. Paul is expected to play on Wednesday after suffering a small fracture to his finger on Saturday. Paul is worth a pick in the first half of the first round for his terrific assist:turnover ratio. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 21 points in 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins made two 3-pointers on his way to 21 points against the Raptors on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's 3-of-4 from downtown in the preseason, so that's nice to see after making just 31.0 percent last year. If Wiggins can consistently knock down treys, it would really help his fantasy value. Still, he's likely going to be overdrafted in re-draft leagues because people get caught up in scoring. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Goran Dragic has a rough night on Monday
    Goran Dragic scored five points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He said he isn't in mid-season shape last week and it showed. Dragic should come around shortly and prospective fantasy owners shouldn't lower him in their rankings because of the slow start. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Derrick Rose's eye is still swollen
    Derrick Rose's eye was still swollen on Monday.

    Advice: He is just not a fast healer and never has been. Rose certainly isn't Mr. Glass or anything as much as he was earlier in his career, but he is not going to hit his target date this week. He should be considered probable for the opener. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Derrick Rose watching game in the locker room
    Derrick Rose (eye) will watch Monday's preseason game in the locker room.

    Advice: Presumably, this is because the doctors don't want him to see the bright lights in the arena. Rose should be back soon, but he is a little behind schedule. He's not a strong fantasy target after his sub-par 2014-15 season. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (leg) could be back next week
    Nik Stauskas (leg) could return next week.

    Advice: He has a tibia stress reaction, which hopefully doesn't linger. Sauce Castillo is expected to be the starter and coach Brett Brown has said he's expecting Sauce to get a lot of 3-point shots. He's worth a look late in drafts. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • James Harden (knee) says he feels 'real good'
    James Harden (knee) said he feels "real good" about his Sunday knee injury.

    Advice: He did some shooting drills and there is no reason to worry here at all. Harden should be ready to roll as soon as this weekend and fantasy owners shouldn't adjust his outlook. He's sitting at No. 3 in our Draft Guide rankings for standard leagues. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out on Monday night
    Josh McRoberts (rest) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: The Heat get the Spurs tonight and the Magic tomorrow. McRoberts should be a go against one of his former teams. He may have some low-end value in deep leagues. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Mario Chalmers out on Monday night
    Mario Chalmers (rest) won't play on Monday.

    Advice: It's just rest for Chalmers, who will get some playing time as the backup point guard during the season. He won't have value while Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic are healthy. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (jaw) likely to play Tuesday
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) put in a full-contact practice on Monday and is likely to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Great news. Gordon's preseason debut is one of the most anticipated ones to not happen yet after he tore it up in Summer League. The Magic had better success with Tobias Harris and AG at the forward spots last year and hopefully that will be their starting lineup. Gordon is worth a look around 100. Yesterday, 2:25 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hamstring) did not practice
    Elfrid Payton (right hamstring) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: His hamstring strain doesn't sound serious and the team is likely just taking it easy on him to prevent this from lingering. After not really playing Victor Oladipo at the point earlier in the preseason, VO saw a lot of run there on Sunday. Payton is a so-so, mid-round value guy. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • James Harden (knee) not practicing Monday
    James Harden (knee) did not practice on Monday and is not expected to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday. Harden had knee-to-knee contact to the side of his knee, walked around for a minute, and went to the bench. There is no word of the team giving him further evaluation and it didn't look too bad, so this shouldn't affect his outlook during the season. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Brandon Bass (knee) back at practice
    Brandon Bass (knee) took part in 5-on-5 drills on Monday.

    Advice: He is getting closer to a return after missing last week due to a knee contusion. Bass should be ready for the opener and should see minutes in the lower 20s. He's a low-end fantasy option in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Roy Hibbert (knee) questionable vs. Kings
    Roy Hibbert is questionable to play against the Kings on Monday due to a knee issue.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he would likely play in a regular season game. Hibbert doesn't have any chronic knee issues and this can't be attributed to his weight loss or anything. He's a decent late-round pick. Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Byron Scott praises Roy Hibbert's passing
    Byron Scott praised Roy Hibbert's ability to pass the basketball.

    Advice: "I saw that this summer that he’s a very good passer," Scott said. "Like I said earlier, it’s not that we’re not going to throw it to him, but I also know we can run some things through ihm and he’ll make the correct play." Kobe Bryant also offered words of praise for the big man. "Defensively he’s been great. Offensively he’s been great and he’s another great passer on this team. We look forward to playing off him a lot." Hibbert is a value at his current ADP. Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Chris Paul (finger) could return on Wednesday
    Chris Paul (fractured left index finger) could return to action as soon as Wednesday.

    Advice: When the Clippers said the fracture wasn't serious, the team clearly meant it. CP3 is a safe if unspectacular first-round pick, but his scoring could come down a tick or two with the team having so many mouths to feed. On the flip side, his assists may rise as a result. Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) still out on Monday
    Alan Anderson (left ankle) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: After having offseason surgery in order to address the issue, Anderson still does not have a timetable to return to the floor. Once he is finally cleared to return, Washington will bring him along very slowly, and his projected role for the Wizards doesn't warrant enough upside to roster him in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • George Hill (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hill has been dealing with the issue for about a week, and the questionable tag is a good sign of progress after Hill had been ruled out of action last week. Although the sprain isn't considered serious, we always prefer it when guys stay healthy heading into the season vs. having an existing concern. Yesterday, 9:51 am
  • Monta Ellis (knee sprain) doubtful for Tues.
    Monta Ellis (right knee sprain) is doubtful to play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of a knee issue for Ellis, and while the preseason disclaimer applies, it's not something we're going to take lightly. Poised for a nice year in his inaugural season with the Pacers, Ellis can't afford to miss too much time before the real action gets rolling. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) out Mon.
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) will not play on Monday vs. New York.

    Advice: Okafor struggled mightily in his most recent preseason game, and perhaps the knee played a role in that process. Although it's not expected to be a major concern, any time Okafor misses right now is valuable as he has a ton to learn about the NBA game. Richaun Holmes will start in place of Okafor on Monday. Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Rose (orbital fracture) at practice on Monday
    Derrick Rose (eye) returned to practice on Monday, but he has not been cleared for action.

    Advice: Rose, who is still recovering from a left orbital fracture, had previously been told to stay home. The fact that he's present is progress in and of itself, but the point guard will have to get back on the court very soon in order to avoid jeopardizing the start of his regular season. Still experieincing some swelling and blurred vision, Fred Hoiberg and the Bulls are hopeful that Rose could be cleared as soon as Thursday. Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • Kevin Love feels 'really good' after 5-on-5
    Kevin Love (shoulder surgery) confirmed he felt "really good" after his first full-court, 5-on-5 contact practice.

    Advice: "I felt good," Love said. "Just getting into the rhythm of the plays more than anything, just getting my legs under me and contact -- 5-on-5 felt really good."Love also said that he's still uncertain about participating in the opener, so owners and prospective owners need to watch his timeline and participation carefully. Love is expected to miss Monday and Tuesday's preseason games, but he could make his debut on Thursday against the Pacers. Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • Parker won't be ready for full-time role
    It's becoming "increasingly apparent" that Jabari Parker (knee surgery) will not be ready for a "full-time role" when the season begins.

    Advice: Parker, who has said that he will not rush the process, is taking the long-term approach. The sophomore is still a ways away from his one-year injury anniversary date of December 15, and he didn't have his surgery until January 5, 2015. "We don't know," said Jason Kidd when asked for a timetable. Between the uncertain return to action, playing time and role when he ultimately does, Parker is likely going to be drafted higher than he should be. Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Update: J.R. Smith will not play on Monday
    Updating a previous item, JR Smith (left hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: "Not tonight," he said. Smith originally hurt himself during a recent workout and it's been bothering him for a few days, so the Cavs are likely just being cautious. "We haven't pressed it and we haven't pushed it," David Blatt added. Mo Williams (rest) is also out on Monday. Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Aaron Gordon (jaw) targeting Oct. 17 return
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) is targeting an October 17 return.

    Advice: Gordon "appears to be on track to be cleared full full contact" when Orlando travels to Brazil in order to take on Flamengo in an international preseason contest. Considering he lit up the summer league before going down, prospective owners should be watching Gordon's role and production very closely upon returning. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Elfrid Payton uncertain about his hamstring
    Elfrid Payton admitted to being uncertain about the severity of his right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Initially starting to feel soreness at Saturday's practice, Payton wants to nip it in the bud before it balloons out to a real issue. "We'll figure out what, exactly, it is," Payton said. "I don't think it's nothing too, too, too serious, but I definitely don't want to make it worse before the real thing." The Magic will treat Payton with kid gloves to ensure he's ready for the regular season. Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • No update on James Harden's (knee) condition
    Kevin McHale did not have a new update on James Harden's right knee contusion following Sunday's preseason loss against the Magic.

    Advice: Nobody seemed overly concerned and Harden "did not seem to have difficulty walking," but that's not really a sign of anything tangible considering what The Beard has played through in the past. Although Harden said "it's not really that serious," we'll be awaiting medical updates to learn more about Harden's status. Expect the Rockets to exercise extreme caution with their franchise superstar. Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • JR Smith (hamstring) might miss Monday's game
    J.R. Smith (left hamstring) may miss Monday's preseason contest against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It's not clear how Smith hurt himself, and although it doesn't appear serious, hamstring injuries tend to linger if not treated properly from the onset. We'll get another update once Smith goes through shootaround, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Cavs err on the side of caution and simply sit him down. Without JR, expect the Cavs to mix and match at shooting guard as the team tries to cut down its training camp roster. Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • Roy Hibbert grabs 16 boards in blowout win
    Roy Hibbert hauled in a game-high 16 rebounds during Sunday's easy win over Maccabi Haifa, adding eight points, five assists, and three blocks in just 23 minutes of work.

    Advice: Hibbert has been on the wrong end of a lot of jokes over the past two seasons, but it's looking like the change of scenery to Los Angeles has served the young man well. He was brought in to help anchor the Lakers defense, and gobble up boards, and through the early stages of the preseason, that's exactly what he's been doing. However, after two years of hitting the self-destruct button after the mid-point of the NBA season, Roy isn't someone worth targeting until the later rounds on draft day. Sunday, 10:29 pm
  • Harden leaves game w/ right knee contusion
    James Harden went down with a right knee contusion during Sunday's preseason game vs. the Magic, and he will not return.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but with plenty of time to rest up before the regular season, we're not very concerned about what is essentially a bruised knee. To further lessen any concern, Harden dealt with a left knee contusion last season, but it didn't cause him to miss any game-time action. He was going bonkers before the injury, tallying 12 points, three 3-pointers, four assists, two steals, one rebound, one block and two turnovers in just 13 minutes of action, and he'll be a popular target with the No. 3 overall selection on draft day. Sunday, 6:19 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) ruled out for Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. Paschoalotto Bauru.

    Advice: Anderson still isn't practicing with the team after undergoing offseason ankle surgery, and he doesn't yet have a clear return date in site. He'll have a minimal role with the Wizards while the team is healthy, and is not worth a draft pick in most leagues. Sunday, 1:54 pm
  • Brandon Bass (left knee) will not play Sunday
    Brandon Bass (left knee) will not play in Sunday's preseason matchup against Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Bass did go through practice on Saturday, so his absence from Sunday's game seems more precautionary than anything else. However, he won't have a significant role with the Lakers this season as Julius Randle's backup, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Bass in standard leagues. Sunday, 12:03 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (sore hamstring) out Sunday
    Elfrid Payton (sore right hamstring) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday and Victor Oladipo will start in his place.

    Advice: Payton said he doesn't remember hurting his hamstring at practice on Saturday, so he is just dealing with some soreness and the Magic are just being cautious. Payton has reportedly improved his shooting this summer, so he could be a nice late-round selection if he can also cut down on his turnovers. Sunday, 10:14 am
  • Doc: Chris Paul's (finger) injury isn't serious
    Doc Rivers confirmed after Sunday's game vs. the Hornets that Chris Paul's fractured finger isn't serious.

    Advice: A team official said that Paul could have played if it was the regular season, but it's nice to get confirmation from Doc Rivers as well. The Clippers might be cautious and hold Paul out of Wednesday's game, but prospective owners shouldn't be concerned. For now, Paul is still a safe first-round target. Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Chris Paul suffers fractured index finger
    Chris Paul suffered a fractured finger in a scrimmage on Saturday.

    Advice: The good news here is he is not expected to miss time and he probably would have played in a regular season game, according to a team official. Paul was coming off an 82-game season last year and it'll be tough for him to match that number. For now, we're not going to bump him down in the rankings. Pablo Prigioni is starting on Sunday morning in China. Saturday, 9:49 pm
  • Jabari Parker still out for preseason
    Jabari Parker (knee) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He's moving along at practice, but the Bucks aren't quite ready to put him out there in a game situation. Parker will be a risky pick with a somewhat lower upside due to lower defensive numbers and treys. Saturday, 4:36 pm
  • Goran Dragic says he's not in shape yet
    Goran Dragic said his "legs are a little heavy" at training camp.

    Advice: He took a little more time off than usual, so he's not in shape yet. It's still just Oct. 10 and Dragic doesn't have a history of being out of shape, so feel free to dismiss this. If he struggles in the preseason, this could be the reason. Saturday, 3:59 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor has a rough game vs. Nets
    Jahlil Okafor looked like a rookie against the Nets on Saturday, making 1-of-6 from the field for two points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and four turnovers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Ouch. His awful game today dropped his preseason averages to 8.7 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 turnovers in 18.1 minutes. He's been very busy on offense with a 30.3 usage rate, but his field goal percentage is just 39.3. It was pretty clear in Summer League he'll have some growing pains this year, so don't be too aggressive in grabbing him. Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Brandon Bass practiced on Saturday
    Brandon Bass (knee) practiced on Saturday.

    Advice: He is still doubtful to play on Sunday. Bass doesn't really do much outside of points and boards, so he's not a very intriguing pick late in drafts. Saturday, 11:39 am
  • Kevin Love goes through first full practice
    Kevin Love (shoulder) went through his first full practice on Saturday (including 5-on-5).

    Advice: Additionally, LeBron James and head coach David Blatt both said that Love looked good. Love still isn't expected to play in Monday or Tuesday's preseason game, and he also admitted in an interview with Sporting News that he didn't know if he would be ready in time for the season opener. The Cavaliers have every reason to proceed with caution, but prospective owners can view this report as a sign of progress. Love said it's possible that he could play vs. the Raptors on Thursday, but we should know more about his status after the weekend. Saturday, 9:56 am
  • Brandon Bass (knee) doubtful for Sunday
    Brandon Bass (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Bass is dealing with a patella contusion and it sounds like he could miss several games. Bass was expected to compete with Julius Randle for the starting power forward spot, so this injury is a tough blow for the veteran. Bass isn't worth a look in standard leagues. Saturday, 7:23 am
  • Aaron Gordon staying in shape
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) said he's in the best shape of his life despite not being cleared for contact.

    Advice: He is likely going to be cleared in the next week. The Magic were the worst team in the NBA at stopping small forwards, so Gordon figures to help out in that regard. After his awesome summer, he's worth a look in the later rounds of drafts. Friday, 5:00 pm
  • Brandon Bass gets more treatment
    Brandon Bass (knee) received treatment on Friday.

    Advice: He's likely going to miss several games due to his patella contusion. Bass is losing some ground to Julius Randle, especially with Rankle playing well right now. Bass isn't worth drafting in standard leagues. Friday, 3:20 pm
  • Wiggins to get more scoring in isolation?
    Coach Sam Mitchell said he wants to see Andrew Wiggins score more without the team running plays for him.

    Advice: He was somewhat effective as an isolation scorer last year, posting a 0.85 points per play last year (60th percentile). The big thing his fantasy owners will be hoping for is more production from 3-point range. Wiggins is a mid-round target and tends to be over-drafted. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Kevin Love unsure if he will play in opener
    Kevin Love (left shoulder) said that he was unsure if he would be able to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "I feel pretty good," Love told Sporting News. "As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can." The Cavaliers aren't going to rush Love back before he is 100 percent, but we should know more by the end of the week. Love is shaping up to be a risky early-round pick. Friday, 10:34 am
  • Zeller not stressing about contract talks
    Tyler Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday that he isn't stressed about his contract situation.

    Advice: "No stress," Zeller said. "I got one more year in my contract. I know I'm going to be here anyway. It's not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I'm just going to go out and play my game. It's great if I get [a contract extension] and it's great if I don't. Next summer I'm going to be a restricted free agent and it's kind of an open market and we'll see what happens." The two sides have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement, so the talks will likely continue to drag on. The Celtics are loaded with frontcourt depth, so Zeller likely isn't going to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. Friday, 8:45 am
  • Jabari Parker (knee) is staying patient
    Jabari Parker, who is still recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, said he isn't going to rush the recovery process.

    Advice: "I'm feeling my legs getting underneath me," Parker said after Thursday's practice. "It's going to be a grind. I'm looking long-term. I really don't want to risk going back and lingering on if I'm not ready. I just want to be as productive as possible. There's no use in me playing if I know I can't contribute the way I want to." The Bucks haven't set a timetable for Parker's return to game action, but it's still possible that he could be ready for opening night. Parker is going to be a very risky pick this season, so prospective owners may want to wait until the later rounds. Friday, 7:53 am
  • Stauskas (tibia) could be out two more weeks
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) could be out for another two weeks.

    Advice: Stauskas was hoping to participate in a preseason game, but this report doesn't bode well for his chances. This timetable would mean that Stauskas could be ready in time for the season opener, but don't expect the 76ers to play him if he is less than 100 percent. This certainly hurts his momentum leading up to fantasy drafts, so he is basically just a late-round flier for now. Friday, 6:26 am
  • Brown: 76ers must use Okafor in a lot of ways
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that the 76ers need to use Jahlil Okafor "in a bunch of ways."

    Advice: "I think that he needs to be used in a bunch of ways," Brown said of the rookie. "You can see how clever and skilled he can be at an elbow, where he comes up and plays with space. He turns and faces. He can make moves off of pull through or live ball. I think anything static doesn’t favor him." Okafor has looked pretty good during the preseason, but the 76ers are still figuring out how to utilize his skill set properly. He's averaging 12.0 points, 2.5 boards and 1.0 blocks in 18.5 minutes through the first two preseason games, but prospective owners need to keep in mind that he will be a huge liability at the free throw line. Friday, 6:17 am
  • Derrick Rose still has swelling around eye
    Derrick Rose (face) still had swelling around his eye on Thursday.

    Advice: That likely means he won't be back in two weeks like the Bulls originally scheduled. Rose is still expected to be ready for the opener and should have a mask. Still, the risk is outweighing the reward in fantasy drafts. Thursday, 5:17 pm
  • Harden worked on conditioning and preparation
    James Harden spent the offseason working on better conditioning and being better prepared.

    Advice: "It was so frustrating, because in that Game 5 I turned the ball over 12 times. I pride myself on creating opportunities to score for my team," Harden said. The only knock on The Beard's fantasy game is his inclination to turn the ball over—a result of his insanely high usage—and Harden will be looking to cut down on the career-high 4.0 he averaged last season. Thursday, 3:44 pm
  • Smith, James, Mozgov will not play Thursday
    J.R. Smith (rest), LeBron James (rest) and Timofey Mozgov (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Early preseason games + a matchup with the 76ers = rest days for starters. Move along, nothing to see here. Thursday, 2:47 pm
  • George Hill's sprained ankle not serious
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that if Thursday night's preseason game vs. the Magic were a regular-season contest, George Hill (sprained right ankle) would be playing.

    Advice: The injury was never believed to be serious, and Hill's participation in portions of Wednesday's practice partnered with Vogel's quote drive home that point. Hill will be the Pacers' starting point guard, although he may not be able to return to last year's averages of 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 three-pointers per game with Monta Ellis and Paul George competing for touches on offense. Thursday, 2:42 pm
  • Monta Ellis will start at point guard vs. ORL
    With George Hill (sprained right ankle) sidelined, head coach Frank Vogel will start Monta Ellis at point guard for Thursday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Glenn Robinson III, C.J. Miles, Paul George, and Ian Mahinmi will join Ellis in the starting lineup for tonight's game, and we could get an extended look at Joseph Young, who has played phenomenally throughout the preseason thus far. The ball may not move as well with Ellis running the point, so it'll be interesting to see how long Vogel goes with this lineup. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Brandon Bass diagnosed with patella contusion
    An MRI/CT scan of Brandon Bass' left knee revealed a patella contusion, and he will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: It's basically a knee bruise, and the Lakers are currently listing him as day-to-day. He should be good to go for the regular season, but it's looking like he'll be coming off the bench behind Julius Randle this season. Bass averaged just 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game through 23.5 minutes per game with the Celtics last season, and those numbers could dip in Los Angeles. We'd recommend focusing your attention elsewhere on draft day. Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Anderson (ankle) still not practicing w/ WAS
    Alan Anderson (left ankle) has yet to go through any practices with the Wizards.

    Advice: Anderson underwent surgery to remove some bone spurs in his left ankle this offseason, and the recovery period is taking a bit longer than expected. He'll be fighting for reserve minutes with Jared Dudley (back), Gary Neal and Kelly Oubre this season, so it's safe to avoid him in standard leagues on draft day. Thursday, 1:21 pm
  • James Harden OK after offseason ankle sprain
    James Harden sprained his ankle "pretty badly" this summer, according to Kevin McHale, but he's healthy and showed no signs of injury while scoring 19 points on Wednesday.

    Advice: Harden made 6-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in just 20 minutes, adding two 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in a thoroughly dominant performance vs. the Mavericks. His desire to find a rhythm after rehabbing his ankle this summer explains why he suited up for back-to-back exhibitions, and it's safe to say that the MVP candidate is in fine form. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scoreless in 15 bench minutes
    Mario Chalmers went scoreless with two assists in 15 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a minor leg injury earlier in training camp, but that's the least of his worries this season. Goran Dragic (12 points, five assists) has been installed as Miami's long-term PG, and the Heat reportedly dangled Chalmers in trade talks all summer, which speaks volumes about their lack of confidence in him. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • J.R. Smith lights up Hawks in starting role
    J.R. Smith cruised to 15 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists in only 22 minutes as a starter for the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith also had one steal and two blocks with one turnover in a would-be fantasy gem. Iman Shumpert (right wrist surgery) is expected to miss at least three months, leaving Smith with a huge opportunity to begin the season. He fit perfectly into the Cavs' rotation last season and shouldn't miss a beat in 2015-16, making him an under-appreciated source of points, 3-pointers and steals, with a handful of assists. Wednesday, 6:44 pm
  • Results on Brandon Bass' knee are inconclusive
    The results of Brandon Bass' x-rays on his left knee were inconclusive, and he will undergo further testing on Thursday.

    Advice: Bass will likely have an MRI or CT scan on Thursday, but there is no need to speculate on what is wrong until we get more information. Expect an update on Thursday afternoon. If Bass needs to miss time, Julius Randle would see more minutes and could solidify a starting role. Wednesday, 3:01 pm
  • J.R. Smith dealing with pain in hamstring
    J.R. Smith is dealing with some pain in his left hamstring, but he is expected to play in Wednesday's preseason game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Smith suffered the injury a few days ago, and is reportedly walking with a slight limp. However, if he plays in Wednesday's meaningless game, it'll be a pretty clear indication that there's nothing to worry about. He was a third-round guy after the break last season, but has been sliding in drafts, so he could make for a late-round steal on draft day. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • George Hill (ankle) questionable for Thursday
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle in Tuesday's preseason game, but he was able to participate in a portion of Wednesday's practice. However, don't be surprised if the Pacers proceed with caution during the preseason. If Hill sits out against the Magic, Monta Ellis, Joseph Young and Rodney Stuck could get some extra run. Wednesday, 12:57 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not play Wednesday
    Kevin Love (left shoulder) did not accompany the Cavs on their two game road trip, and will miss the Cavs' first two preseason games on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: Love will go through his first full practice with the Cavs on Saturday, and he could be ready to play by Monday's preseason game vs. Memphis. He will serve as the third-option on offense once that Cavs are completely healthy, which obviously limits his upside. On a per-game basis last season, Love was a fourth-round asset, so that's where we'd recommend targeting him on draft day. Wednesday, 7:24 am
  • George Hill (right ankle) says he'll be fine
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) said that he expects to be fine.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle during Tuesday's preseason game, but it doesn't sound like he's too concerned with the injury. While players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing injuries, Hill has plenty of time to get right for the regular-season. The Pacers next preseason game comes on Thursday vs. Orlando, so it'll be interesting to see if he plays in that one. Wednesday, 7:17 am
  • Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) out Wednesday
    Nikola Pekovic (right Achilles) will not play in Wednesday's preseason opener vs. OKC.

    Advice: He's undergone a surgery on his Achilles and ankle this offseason, and is currently questionable for Minnesota's regular-season opener. The Wolves drafted Karl Anthony Towns with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, which could translate to Pek being the third-string center behind KAT and Gorgui Dieng. It's unlikely he plays in any preseason games, and given how much trouble he's had staying healthy over the years, there's not much reason to target Pekovic in any league on draft day. Wednesday, 5:57 am
  • Brandon Bass has knee scare in OT loss
    Brandon Bass played 16 minutes and made all four of his shots for 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Bass hurt his knee during the game, but was able to walk it off and return to the game. He should be fine, but he looks primed to play behind Julius Randle, who is a much better fantasy option at this point. Wednesday, 12:46 am
  • Roy Hibbert double-doubles in 32 minutes
    Roy Hibbert started at center for the Lakers and had 16 points, 11 rebounds and zero blocks in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: He hit just 4-of-11 shots, but also made 8-of-10 free throws. He had a total of 18 double-doubles last season, so it was nice to see him get off to this kind of start tonight. Hibbert simply can't be worse than he was last season and is the undisputed starting center for the Lakers. Steal him in the later-middle rounds and hope he can keep it going all season. He'll be a solid source of blocks, as well, despite the fact they weren't there tonight. Wednesday, 12:38 am
  • Monta Ellis scores 10 in Pacers win
    Monta Ellis hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and one assist in 21 minutes in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: With George Hill exiting with a right ankle injury, we were expecting a little more from Ellis, but he's going to score a lot of points for the Pacers this season, regardless of who else is healthy in Indy. Rodney Stuckey was highly disappointing with one point in 17 minutes, but would stand to see a boost if Hill's ankle injury keeps him out of the preseason. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor looks very good in p/s debut
    Jahlil Okafor looked great in his preseason debut for the Sixers on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-10 shots for 12 points, two rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: He also had three turnovers and four fouls, but made his first five shots of the game. Nerlens Noel chipped in with 13 points, five boards, three assists, a steal and a block, and these two should be a blast to watch for the Sixers this season. The team's still in pretty bad shape, but both of these players should make some serious fantasy noise this year. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Pacers' George Hill leaves w/ sprained ankle
    Pacers' point guard George Hill left Tuesday's preseason game with a sprained right ankle and is not expected to return.

    Advice: No word on the severity of the injury, but even if it's bad, he should have plenty of time to get ready for the start of the regular season. If he's going to miss time, Rodney Stuckey and Monta Ellis should benefit the most. Tuesday, 6:07 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. Tuesday, 4:40 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. Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Kevin Love hoping to practice over weekend
    Kevin Love (shoulder) is hoping to return to live practice this weekend.

    Advice: Love has ben progressed to play 3-on-3, but is hoping to be able to return to live practice this weekend. Love is on-track to start the regular season healthy and could see an uptick in usage if Kyrie Irving (knee) is out longer than expected and/or the Cavaliers stick to their plan to rest LeBron James more. While Love should be able to bounce back from a disappointing 2014-15 season, he's better off left for another fantasy owner to take a risk on in the third round. Tuesday, 9:48 am
  • Coach says Derrick Rose's eye still swollen
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) is still dealing with swelling around his eye.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that he and Rose reviewed film and that Rose is in good spirits despite his injury. While the 27-year-old is expected to be ready for opening night, fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else take the risk on Rose as the injuries just keep piling up. Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Aaron Gordon could return in 7-10 days
    Aaron Gordon (fractured jaw) could return in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Gordon is reportedly in great shape and there is a possibility that the 20-year-old may return earlier than expected. While Gordon doesn't have much of a track record, he makes for an interesting late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he should see plenty of minutes on a young Magic squad. Tuesday, 9:07 am
  • Goran Dragic happy for brother Zoran
    Goran Dragic said he's happy his brother Zoran is in a better situation in Russia.

    Advice: While Goran is without his brother in Miami, he said he's happy his sibling is in a situation where he'll see playing time. "I was sad, of course," Goran said of the trade. "I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing." Family aside, Dragic is worth an early-mid round draft pick in standard fantasy drafts as he enters his first full season with the Heat. Tuesday, 7:14 am
  • Stauskas says he'll be ready for opener
    Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) said he'll be ready for the start of the regular season and "probably even the end of the preseason."

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that he loses a chance to get momentum before the games count and before fantasy drafts. With a fantasy stat set that's questionable, a lot of tape on the books from Sacramento that isn't great, and now this injury -- he's a flier pick in the late rounds at best. Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) to join team
    Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) will join the Bulls to watch practices when the team returns from their two-game road trip.

    Advice: Rose has been ordered to stay indoors until Wednesday and to avoid physical activity for two weeks, so the Bulls have been delivering film to his home since the injury. His timetable suggests that he'll be ready for opening night, but his exhausting injury history is a great reason to avoid him in standard drafts. Oct 5, 1:16 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. Oct 5, 11:46 am
  • Okafor will start Sixers first preseason game
    Jahlil Okafor will start the 76ers first preseason game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Joining him will be Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel and JaKarr Sampson, though Hollis Thompson was initially going to get the nod ahead of Sampson. in what could very well be a preview of the opening night lineup. Okafor is going to get a ton of opportunities to contribute in his first season, but it's likely that another owner in your league reaches too high to grab him. He's a late round target in large part to his horrendous free throw shooting and questionable defense. Oct 5, 10:23 am
  • Stauskas diagnosed with tibia stress reaction
    Nik Stauskas has been diagnosed with a right tibia stress reaction, and he will miss at least two weeks.

    Advice: Sorry, 76ers fans. This is the same injury that has hampered both Bradley Beal and Jrue Holiday in the past, and those guys each dealt with its recurrence at least once in the recovery process. Coach Brett Brown said the Sixers will bring Stauskas along "slowly," meaning he'll almost certainly be limited to begin the year. Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant could see more time with Stauskas sidelined. Oct 5, 10:16 am
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) still sidelined on Monday
    Nik Stauskas (knee) was still absent from practice on Monday.

    Advice: Stauskas, who sat out Saturday's scrimmage after Brett Brown revealed he had a knee issue, is not on the court to begin the new week. So long as his knee injury doesn't become a lingering concern, Stauskas offers excellent value toward the end of your draft for the role he's poised to enjoy in Philadelphia. After the All-Star break last season, Stauskas shot 42.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. Oct 5, 10:03 am
  • Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook
    Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook this offseason.

    Advice: Although the news is somewhat dated, it's certainly interesting to note. Currently recovering from the left orbital fracture he sustained last week, Rose is expected to be ready to play before opening night rolls around so long as his current timetable holds. Oct 5, 8:27 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. Oct 5, 7:47 am
  • Celtics, Zeller to continue extension talks
    Tyler Zeller and the Celtics are expected to continue talks about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: Although there is nothing imminent, both the Celtics and Zeller have expressed a desire to get an extension done. While a desire is nice, it won't much matter if Zeller's agent and the Celtics don't view the big man in the same light. Oct 5, 7:17 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. Oct 5, 6:50 am
  • Roy Hibbert grabs 10 rebounds in 21 minutes
    Roy Hibbert hauled in 10 rebounds in 21 minutes of action during his preseason debut for the Lakers on Sunday, adding three points, one assist, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Hibbert is hoping to revitalize his career in Los Angeles, and while the rebounding was encouraging, his 1-of-5 shooting performance and minimal contribution in the other categories don't do much to hype up his value. Yes it’s just one preseason game, but after falling off a cliff after the All-Star break for two consecutive seasons, Hibbert isn’t worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Oct 4, 9:06 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. Oct 4, 10:26 am
  • No Aaron Gordon for the opener
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered a broken jaw this summer and is getting close to a return. Gordon tore it up in Summer League and perhaps the most important part is that he looked good as a small forward, too. He's a very interesting pick in the late rounds. Oct 3, 3:33 pm
  • Dallas making some tweaks?
    The Mavs are expected to make some changes in their style of offense this season.

    Advice: The first thing to jump out here is they're likely doing less pick-and-roll. Dallas was first on PNR possessions with the ball handler taking shots -- Monta Ellis is gone. That also could mean they have a faster pace. If Deron Williams gets hurt, their offense could be a complete mess. Oct 3, 1:30 pm
  • Derrick Rose to stay indoors until Wednesday
    Doctors advised Derrick Rose (face) to stay indoors until Wednesday.

    Advice: This is to allow his sight to heal from the surgery. It was expected to be sooner than Wednesday, but the team is being careful. Rose's two-week timetable still stands, so the Bulls are hoping he'll be ready to start the season. He's a risky target in fantasy leagues and much better in points formats. Oct 3, 12:17 pm
  • 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. Oct 3, 9:27 am
  • Brown: Nik Stauskas has a minor knee issue
    Nik Stauskas didn't scrimmage on Saturday due to a minor knee issue.

    Advice: 76ers head coach Brett Brown said that there is nothing to worry about, so he is probably just dealing with some soreness. Stauskas has an excellent chance to succeed as the starting shooting guard in Philly, and he should fly under the radar because of his forgetful 2014-15 rookie season in Sacramento. We will post an update on his knee once we know more. Oct 3, 9:10 am
  • Monta Ellis (back) questionable for Saturday
    Monta Ellis (back) is questionable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back, but it sounds like a minor issue. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the NBA and is as durable as they come, but don't be surprised if the Pacers err on the side of caution since it is just an exhibition. We will have an update later this evening. Oct 3, 8:23 am
  • Chris Paul still looks like a magician
    Chris Paul was in mid-season form against the Nuggets on Friday during a 103-96 win, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He's still really good and his style of play will make him one of the best for quite some time. CP3 is certainly worthy of consideration at No. 5 in standard drafts, especially after he was No. 1 after the break last year. Oct 2, 10:27 pm
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