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  • Ty Lawson will start on Tuesday vs. Memphis
    Ty Lawson will run with the starters for Tuesday's preseason game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that while Lawson will get the start tonight, Patrick Beverly will slide into the starting unit for Wednesday's matchup with the Mavs, so it's clear that this position battle is far from over. Lawson's numbers will likely take a hit playing in Houston, making him a risky mid-round selection on draft day. Beverly was barely worth owning as a starter last season, so a demotion to the second-unit would firmly remove him from the standard league equation. Today, 3:54 pm
  • Ish Smith (ankle) will not play on Tuesday
    Ish Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Smith isn't a lock to make the opening-night roster in Washington, and sitting out preseason games will only further hurt his chances. Even if he does make the squad, he'll remain a negligible option in all leagues while the Wizards are healthy. Today, 2:48 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 18 points off the bench
    Isaiah Thomas came off the bench during Boston's preseason opener on Tuesday, tallying 18 points (5-of-10 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), four assists, three steals, two rebounds, one block, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in just 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thomas has the ability to fill up the stat sheet on any given night, and while his value would increase as a starter, he's still more than capable of mid-round value as a reserve. He'll be a key piece in Boston's rotation regardless of how he enters the game, and he'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 2:15 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore groin) out Tuesday
    Derrick Favors (sore right groin) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: It is the norm for teams to be extremely cautious with their starters during preseason action, and given that Favors doesn't have a history of dealing with groin injuries, we wouldn't read much into his absence from Tuesday night's game. Favors benefited from playing next to Rudy Gobert last season, compiling averages of 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.7 blocks per game after the All-Star break, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 1:35 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to undergo surgery
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder on Tuesday, and he will likely miss the entire 2015-16 season.

    Advice: With MKG set to miss the entirety of the 2015-16 season, Nicolas Batum will likely slide over to the starting small forward position in Charlotte. Jeremy Lamb, Troy Daniels, and Jeremy Lin will likely compete for the starting two-spot, while P.J. Hairston and Marvin Williams could see some increased opportunity for playing time. Batum could be forced into heavy minutes for Charlotte sans Kidd-Gilchrist, making him that much more appealing of a mid-round target on draft day. Today, 1:05 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside out for Wednesday's game
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will miss Wednesday's preseason game against Orlando.

    Advice: While Whiteside's right calf injury is worrisome due to his already-existing durability concerns, the Heat are playing it safe with the big man and he should be ready for opening night. Whiteside comes with some injury risk, he also brings plenty of upside to any fantasy roster and remains a high-upside pick in the early rounds of standard fantasy league drafts. Today, 10:18 am
  • Kyrie Irving unlikely for season opener
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is unlikely to play in the regular season opener, according to Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: While this news doesn't rule Irving out for the season opener, Blatt conceded his starting point guard is unlikely to return in time. Irving's return timetable has been rumored to be anywhere from opening night to January, so at least we're starting to get some semblance of clarity on the situation. Until we know more, fantasy owners should steer clear of the 23-year-old in the early rounds of standard fantasy league drafts. Mo Williams is due for a value boost for as long as Irving is out. Today, 9:56 am
  • Nikola Vucevic expected to play Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic (strained right shoulder) is expected to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he expects to have Vucevic available for the game, so it sounds like his shoulder injury is nothing to worry about heading into fantasy drafts. Vucevic had a breakout 2014-15 season and has a chance to return top-20 value if he can improve on his defensive stats. Today, 9:11 am
  • Brandon Jennings increasing activity
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings (Achilles) may start participating in drills next week.

    Advice: Jennings has been cleared to progress towards basketball-related activities, and participating in live drills will go a long ways towards his return. We're still at two months away from Jennings' targeted late-November timetable, however, so fantasy owners can feel free to leave him undrafted in standard leagues. Today, 8:53 am
  • Reggie Jackson receives clean MRI
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) received clean results on his MRI from Monday.

    Advice: While this is great news as Jackson isn't dealing with anything more serious, the Pistons are likely to play it safe with their $80 million man. We'll keep Jackson's status updated throughout the preseason, but he becomes a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts until we have more clarity on the exact nature of his injury. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still sidelined, Spencer Dindwiddie is in line to see big preseason minutes while Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy gives Jackson a few days to rest. Today, 8:45 am
  • Isaiah Thomas hasn't been told who will start
    Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart haven't been told who will start Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: While the starter of the preseason opener doesn't make a big difference in the overall picture, we'll be paying close attention to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens' rotations during the preseason. While Thomas' fantasy value won't take a huge hit if he comes off the bench, Marcus Smart would see a nice value boost if he is able to win the Celtics starting point guard job. Today, 8:19 am
  • Evan Turner set to miss first preseason game
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is expected to miss Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Turner will be evaluated before the game, but it's likely the Celtics will play it safe with the 26-year-old. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Turner's injury "doesn't sound overly serious", but it's likely he'll miss at least one preseason game. Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder will pick up some extra preseason minutes in Turner's place. Today, 8:11 am
  • Johnson does not play in Monday's game
    James Johnson (Achilles) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Warriors.

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

    Advice: Carroll walked over to team trainers and pointed to his foot, and beat writer Mike Ganter says he appeared to roll his ankle during the game. We'll keep an eye on the situation but we're not putting him on the injury report unless news worsens. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Patterson quiet in preseason loss to Warriors
    Patrick Patterson managed just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes of action during Monday's preseason loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Patterson did steal the ball three times and we don't want to read too much into preseason action but it's his second straight dud so he needs to turn it around soon. His fantasy value isn't necessarily in big numbers, but the ability to provide serviceable numbers and good durability at the same time. At this point he's a late-round value at best. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Collison goes for 21 & 10 vs. Blazers
    Darren Collison scored 21 points with four rebounds and 10 assists in 36 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener against the Blazers.

    Advice: Collison did a lot of his damage against scrubs but he was impressive throughout and he's the better player between he and Rajon Rondo -- in both fantasy and reality. Rondo added five points, five boards, three assists, and two steals in 19 non-descript minutes. George Karl isn't going to put too much stock in the first preseason game, but we'd be surprised if he doesn't already know what kind of hand he's holding. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist will meet w/ orthopedist Tues
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (torn labrum) will meet with a team orthopedist on Tuesday to discuss his rehab options, but it's "more likely that not" that he will have surgery.

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

    Advice: He was wearing a sleeve on his left arm but there's no report of another injury, and his return to the court suggests he's fine. Vuc blew up last season, averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists, and even a minor improvement in his defensive stats would vault him into the top-20 in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) has MRI Monday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will have a precautionary MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Although worrisome, the key word is 'precautionary'. Jackson was limited at practice and it sounds very unlikely that he'll play on Tuesday, no matter what the test reveals. With Brandon Jennings still rehabbing from Achilles surgery, the last thing Detroit can afford is for Jackson, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal this summer, to aggravate a minor injury. Check back later in the day for the MRI results. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Ish Smith (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    Ish Smith has been limited by an ankle injury at training camp.

    Advice: He is questionable to play in Tuesday's exhibition vs. the 76ers. This sounds like a minor ailment and Smith hasn't had ankle problems since joining the NBA, but this narrows his already-thin odds of making the regular-season roster. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist likely out for season
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needs right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and he will likely miss the entire season.

    Advice: His initial timetable for recovery is six months, leaving a slight possibility that he'll return in early-to-mid April. This is devastating news for MKG and the Hornets, who inked him to a four-year, $52 million extension this summer. Nicolas Batum will likely have to fill the void at SF with Jeremy Lamb, P.J. Hairston, Troy Daniels and possibly Jeremy Lin all chipping in at SG. Marvin Williams could also spend more time at SF but there are no easy answers for Charlotte. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Reggie Jackson to do more work in the post?
    Reggie Jackson could wind up spending more time in the post this season.

    Advice: Working with assistant Tim Hardaway on post moves, Jackson wants to take advantage of his size. "You’ve got to find a way to get easy baskets," Jackson said. "I’ve been watching Andre Miller’s tapes. He might not be the fastest guy but he finds ways to maneuver and use his body." At 6'3" and 210 lbs, Jackson finding more creative ways to use his size is music to the ears of fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Evan Turner dealing with right knee strain
    Evan Turner (right knee strain is uncertain to play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Turner is expected to be reevaluated before the contest, and a decision about his availability will likely be made at that point. Considering where we are in the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out of the lineup. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley could pick up a couple extra minutes in the Celtics' first preseason game if Turner sits out. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Patrick Patterson doesn't do much in start
    Patrick Patterson started at power forward for the Raptors during Sunday's preseason game, but failed to do much at all finishing with just four points, five rebounds, an assist and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Patterson also did not attempt a single 3-pointer in this one, but with the 35-year-old Luis Scola the only real threat to Patterson's spot in the starting lineup, it would seem the job is his to lose. Sunday, 10:30 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 16 pts w/ nine boards
    Derrick Favors was solid during Utah's preseason win over Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring 16 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine boards, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors will again be one of the go-to-guys on offense for Utah this season, and at just 24 years old, there's no reason why he can't take another step in his development. Through 74 games last season Favors compiled averages of 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Sunday, 10:05 pm
  • James Johnson (Achilles) will not play Sunday
    James Johnson (sore Achilles) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Clippers.

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

    Advice: Johnson's fantasy fate was sealed when the Raptors landed DeMarre Carroll in free agency, causing a log-jam at the SF position. Bruno Caboclo could even move up the depth chart with a strong preseason and there's no reason to touch Johnson outside of the deepest leagues. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) aiming for preseason
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) is feeling "much better" and vowed to be ready for opening night.

    Advice: "I want to get a couple preseason games," said Whiteside. "I'll for sure be back before the regular season." He's entering a massively important contract year, so the motivation to play won't be lacking, and Whiteside remains a tantalizing pick in the early rounds. Sunday, 2:42 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) to have MRI
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI in Charlotte on Monday.

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

    Advice: The severity of MKG's injury has yet to be determined, but it's somewhat encouraging that he's joining the team one day after the dislocation. Nicolas Batum won't play Sunday as a precaution but he's the perceived favorite to start at SF in MKG's absence, with Jeremy Lamb a likely option at SG. The Hornets are hoping that arrangement won't last long. We'll update MKG's timetable as soon as more details emerge. Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) ramping up workouts
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is ramping up his workouts.

    Advice: Vucevic was held out of Saturday's game vs. the Hornets, but head coach Scott Skiles said he could have played if it was the regular season. The Magic big man is simply dealing with a mild strain and was able to take some jump shots at practice on Sunday. Vucevic should be fine in a couple days, and prospective owners shouldn't be worried. Sunday, 10:11 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) ruled out for Sunday
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will not play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: Udonis Haslem will take his spot in the starting five. Whiteside hasn't practiced since Tuesday and has missed most of training camp, yet the Heat still don't seem to be concerned. Even if the injury is minor, Whiteside's durability has always been a concern and this is another reason why he will be a risky early-round pick despite some massive upside. Consider him day-to-day for now. Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has dislocated shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Saturday's preseason game.

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

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

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

    Advice: He slipped, fell hard, and tweaked his shoulder on the crash landing. Kidd-Gilchrist was holding his shoulder in his way back to the locker room. We'll be looking for an update on this one. If he's out, we should see a lot more of Marvin Williams playing small forward. Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • Skiles: Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Vucevic will not be playing in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets because the Magic don't want him to aggravate his shoulder. The good news is that he should be fine with a couple days rest, and Vucevic even said that he would play if it was a regular season game. Prospective owners have nothing to worry about and he still looks like a solid early-round pick. Saturday, 9:31 am
  • Reggie Jackson is scrimmaging on Saturday
    Reggie Jackson (thigh contusion) is scrimmaging on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson ran into the stanchion on Friday, but it's definitely a good sign that the Pistons are letting him play in a preseason scrimmage. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still on the shelf, the Pistons will rely on Jackson pretty heavily this season. Saturday, 8:17 am
  • Reggie Jackson has a thigh contusion
    Reggie Jackson suffered a thigh contusion on Friday after banging into the basketball stanchion.

    Advice: Leg injuries and basketball stanchion are scary, but it sounds like Jackson is going to be OK. He may need a few days off and this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy value more than a pick or two. If he needs an MRI or further evaluation, that would change things. Friday, 11:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson misses Friday's practice
    Reggie Jackson sat out of Friday's practice because he is dealing with a "minor hobble."

    Advice: It's still not clear exactly what kind of injury Jackson is dealing with, but he reportedly suffered a bruise after running into the stanchion. Jackson has been working on his 3-point shot and should see all the minutes he can handle as the starting point guard with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) on the shelf, so he should be a solid pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 10:53 am
  • Nikola Vucevic unlikely to play Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Vucevic has no history of shoulder injuries and the Magic are calling him day-to-day, so there is no reason to be concerned. Vucevic is still a solid early-round target after averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 boards and 2.0 assists per game last season. Additionally, Aaron Gordon (jaw) and Evan Fournier (ankle) will not be available to play as expected. Friday, 10:36 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) misses practice again
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) was held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: This is his fourth consecutive day on the sidelines. The injury is still said to be minor, and Whiteside reportedly did a little more work on the sidelines. Still, this is a little concerning because Whiteside hasn't been the most durable player in his career. Consider him day-to-day for now. John Lucas (rest) and Greg Whittington (dehydration) also sat out of Friday's practice. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) sits out practice
    Nikola Vucevic did not practice with the Magic on Thursday due to a shoulder strain.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles is calling Vucevic day-to-day, but given that he doesn't have a history of dealing with shoulder injuries, we wouldn't read too much into this. Skiles also said that he believes Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so he'll make for a solid early-round target after posting averages of 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season. Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Hassan Whiteside still out with calf issue
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his third consecutive day of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While the injury doesn't seem serious, it's a tad worrisome to see Whiteside already dealing with injuries after he struggled to stay on the court last season. We'll consider the 26-year-old day-to-day for now, but he still presents a high-risk/high-reward draft pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Stevens says Thomas most effective on offense
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas is the team's most effective player on offense.

    Advice: Stevens added that Thomas has taken the least amount of shots, which says a lot about his effectiveness. Thomas is battling Marcus Smart for the Celtics starting point guard job, but he's going to be a productive fantasy player whether he wins the job or not. After averaging 19.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers in 21 games with the Celtics last year, Thomas should be targeted as an mid round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Ty Lawson says he learned from rehab
    Ty Lawson said he learned from his experience in rehab.

    Advice: Lawson said he learned what his triggers are that drive him to drink and added that rehab was a positive experience. "I still honestly don’t think I would’ve had to go in there if it wasn’t court ordered," Lawson sad. "I just made two dumb mistakes. But I did take things from the [rehabilitation facility]." While Lawson sounds ready to turn the page on a disastrous 2014-15 season, he's bound to see his stats take a hit playing alongside James Harden and makes for a risky mid-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:10 am
  • Whiteside (calf) misses another practice
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious, but it's not a good sign that Whiteside is already dealing with an injury after struggling to stay healthy last season. Whiteside certainly has enough upside to return early-round value, but he will be pretty pricey on draft day and does carry some injury risk. Consider him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Karl praises Collison after first practice
    George Karl spoke highly of Darren Collison following the Kings' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I thought Darren was very good today," said Karl. "This is the first time I've seen him play. He's one of the guys who had my interest." By the time Karl become the head coach of the Kings last season, Collison was already on the shelf due to a hip injury, but it sounds like Karl likes what he's seen thus far. Collison will be backing up Rajon Rondo this season, which really limits his upside, but it's not like Rondo is a lock to have a turnaround season. Given how well Darren played before going down last season, he's worth a late-round gamble on draft day. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside dealing with calf injury
    Hassan Whiteside missed most of the Heat's first practice on Tuesday due to a calf injury.

    Advice: "During the workout, I just felt like a tug on my calf muscle, so I'm just taking a couple of days off just to take it day by day," Whiteside said. "It's just kind of day by day. I didn't really know what to expect, because I never injured it before. They just said, 'Just take it day by day,' I mean, it's still early, so there's no rush." We'll be tracking Whiteside's status closely, but this doesn't sound like a major concern. He'll cost you an early-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 11:13 am
  • Kyrie Irving still without a timetable
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he still doesn't have a timetable for his return.

    Advice: Irving's return has been rumored to be anywhere from the start of the season to January, so we'll have to take a wait-and-see approach on this one. Irving has the potential to deliver second round value in standard fantasy leagues, but we're recommending fantasy owners let someone else take a risk on the 23-year-old. Tuesday, 9:34 am
  • Kyrie Irving changing game to stay healthy
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he's working on tweaking his game in order to stay healthy.

    Advice: While Irving said he's still going to be a player that attacks the rim, he's going to work on improving his mid-range shot in order to avoid too much contact."Man, I couldn't move last year in the playoffs, so I was thinking about the moves I was making and I wasn't necessarily finishing because I didn't have the balance underneath," Irving said. "So, I was thinking about how to avoid that and, 'How do I change that?' and that's becoming more efficient in the midrange area." Irving's return is a bit up in the air right now, so he'll make for a risky pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. The 23-year-old is a great fantasy asset when healthy, but we're advising fantasy owners let someone else assume the risk. Tuesday, 8:55 am
  • Darren Collison admits to injury
    Darren Collison said his core injury from last year was a problem since his days with the Pacers.

    Advice: Interesting. Collison was very durable before last year with the Mavs and Clippers, missing just three games in those two seasons. He's going to be a backup this year to Rajon Rondo, but should get minutes at shooting guard as well. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Sep 28, 2:37 pm
  • Derrick Favors to have a bigger role
    General manager Dennis Lindsey said Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward could have expanded roles this year.

    Advice: Favors is really working on his offense, especially as a shooter. His usage rate was noticeably higher while with Rudy Gobert, but his efficiency took a hit. If he figures it out, the 24-year-old big man could have a career year as a top-25 player. Sep 28, 2:12 pm
  • Evan Turner will find minutes?
    Coach Brad Stevens said Evan Turner will "find the court a lot" this season.

    Advice: He's going to come off the bench and will have to play more shooting guard in order to see minutes in the mid 20s. Stevens is Turner's biggest fan, but Turner's game doesn't translate to nine-cat fantasy leagues very well. He's a decent late pick in points leagues. Sep 28, 1:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving has been running for three weeks
    Kyrie Irving (knee) has been running for three weeks.

    Advice: He still is not cleared for two-a-day workouts and doesn't have a timetable to get full clearance. Irving was reportedly expected to be out until January, but that seems more and more unlikely by the day. He should be considered questionable for the opener and is a risky pick in the late second round. Sep 28, 12:22 pm
  • 2-Pat has to fight for starting job
    The Raptors power forward starting spot is still up for grabs.

    Advice: Patrick Patterson is likely the favorite while Luis Scola could also get in the mix. Patterson didn't thrive as a starter last season while Amir Johnson was hurt, so it may make sense to keep him in the second unit. He's only worth a late-round pick for owners who solidified their blocks and boards early on. Sep 28, 11:12 am
  • No timetable for returns of Irving, Love
    Kyrie Irving (knee) and Kevin Love (shoulder) do not have timetables for their returns.

    Advice: Although both are expected to participate in camp, nobody is saying to what extent. With the organization taking the long view and prioritizing long-term health over immediate gains, both stars will be treated with kid gloves in the early going. As both players are coming off of serious injuries, it's the right move. There is sizable risk in drafting both players considering where they'll have to be selected in order to land on your team. Sep 28, 10:19 am
  • Jennings (Achilles) cleared for more work
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) has been cleared "to continue a steady progression of basketball-related rehab activities geared towards a return to the basketball court."

    Advice: In other words, Jennings is making progress. The point guard isn't expected to be back until he's 100 percent healthy, and Stan Van Gundy previously suggested that Jennings could be cleared before full contact work by mid-November. Regardless of Jennings' progress, Reggie Jackson is locked into his role in Detroit as the franchise point guard. Jennings has repeatedly said that he will not rush a return. Sep 28, 9:35 am
  • Spoelstra gueshes over Whiteside's commitment
    Erik Spoelstra gushed over Hassan Whiteside's offseason work at Heat media day.

    Advice: "He's in tremendous shape. His commitment to work on his body this summer was great," Spoelstra said. "He's able to really leverage his strengths at the basket. I'm pleased at the work he's put in (this summer)." Whiteside's monstrous upside combined with the hype of last season will demand an early draft pick if you want to have him on your team. Sep 28, 8:14 am
  • Patrick Patterson focused on starting at PF
    Patrick Patterson is focused on being the Raptors starting power forward.

    Advice: Patterson knows that he's going to have to compete, but he said virtually the same thing in early August, as well. Double-P should be able to secure the role and is worth a flier toward the end of your fantasy draft. Sep 28, 7:42 am
  • Isaiah Thomas wants C's to get a scorer
    Isaiah Thomas is hopeful the Celtics can add a go-to scorer to the roster.

    Advice: "We’ve got a lot of guys who can step up on any given night. But we definitely need that guy where we know what we’re going to get out of him each and every night," Thomas said. Danny Ainge will continue to do his best and keep looking for a star to add to Boston's cast of role players, but it's anybody's guess as to when he'll be able to finally land his big fish. Sep 28, 7:11 am
  • Morey: Adding Lawson will improve offense
    Rockets GM Daryl Morey thinks the addition of PG Ty Lawson will improve Houston's offense.

    Advice: "Our offense was not good enough. I do think Ty Lawson will help a lot on that end. I don't think just adding Ty will fix everything. We need to execute better in a couple areas," he said. Morey also shared that Lawson has taken "positive" steps on his off-court issues, but declined to comment specifically as to what those were. "He's focused on himself in the right ways," Morey added. Lawson is a risky pick in fantasy drafts and is a prime candidate to see statistical regression now that he's playing alongside James Harden. Sep 28, 6:41 am
  • Hassan Whiteside improves jumper, free throws
    Hassan Whiteside said he has improved his jump shot and free throw shooting this summer.

    Advice: Whiteside is eager to prove that his breakout 2014-15 season wasn't a fluke, as he unexpectedly averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 2.5 blocks in 32 starts. "I still think I'm going to surprise [people]," Whiteside said. "There's still going to be some things that people are going to be like, `We didn't know he could do that."' He has enough upside to be targeted in the early rounds on draft day. Sep 27, 5:14 pm
  • Skiles wants Vucevic to improve on defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that he wants Nikola Vucevic to improve on the defensive end.

    Advice: Additionally, Skiles said that he wants Vucevic to battle in the post more in an effort to generate more free throw attempts. Skiles believes that Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so it sounds like he is eager to help him develop. After averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season, Vucevic will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts. Sep 27, 9:34 am
  • Darren Collison will play next to Rondo a lot?
    Vlade Divac said that he thinks Darren Collison will play a lot of minutes next to Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: "Well, I’m not going to tell Coach [George Karl] what to do, but I really trust he’s going to manage that very well," Divac said of Collison and Rondo playing together. "Personally, I see them playing a lot of minutes together, because Darren is a great point guard but also a two guard. He can play combo." This bodes well for Collison's outlook, and the good news is that he is over his hip injury that ended his 2014-15 season prematurely. Rondo is still the favorite to start, but it's not a bad idea to invest a late-round pick on Collison given Rondo's struggles in Dallas last season. Sep 27, 7:19 am
  • Pistons discovered flaw in RJ's shot?
    The Pistons discovered a flaw in Reggie Jackson's perimeter shot.

    Advice: "We noticed he was actually a little knock-kneed on his shot," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "So as he went into his stance and gather, his knees came together, which was really taking a lot of the power out of his shot." Jackson made just 29.9 percent from deep last year, so even getting that up to 35 percent would be huge. Sep 26, 5:39 pm
  • Derrick Favors adding some range
    Derrick Favors said he's added some range to his shooting this summer.

    Advice: To be clear, he's not going to be taking 3-pointers. The Jazz will need him to space a bit more with Rudy Gobert around, and Favors isn't a bad shooter for a power forward. Favors was a respectable 38.2 percent on his jumpers during the 2014 part of the season, but he fell apart later. He's still a fine pick in the middle rounds with a nice upside. Sep 26, 5:12 pm
  • SVG says Brandon Jennings is 'months away'
    Stan Van Gundy said that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is still favoring his left leg when shooting, and he won't put him back on the basketball court until he's 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: "Right now, you can tell when he’s shooting – and he’s months away – that he’s favoring the one leg when he lands," said Van Gundy of Jennings. "You send a guy out there still doing that, you’re going to get into the next injury and we’ve seen that with so many guys. It’s not just getting him to where he feels like he can play, it’s getting him to where his strength is pretty even and he’s not favoring the leg, he’s not compensating." Van Gundy said that Jennings likely won't begin any actual basketball activities until mid-November, so he'll likely have a very slow start to the 2015-16 season. Sep 26, 10:23 am
  • Isaiah Thomas would 'love' to be a starter
    Isaiah Thomas said that while he'd love to be a starter in Boston, he's also fine with coming off the bench, as long as he's getting the minutes he deserves.

    Advice: "It’s not tough. I tell you all the time because you guys ask all the time," Thomas said. "I would love to be a starter, but it’s not the end of the world. As long as I’m out there, getting the minutes I deserve, I’m all for it. I’m all for the team and what it takes to win — and that’s an honest answer." Thomas will have a chance to prove that he should be in the starting lineup during training camp, but even as a reserve, he's fully capable of putting up mid-round value. Sep 26, 8:33 am
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