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  • Austin Daye starting for Boris Diaw
    Austin Daye is starting for Boris Diaw on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Pop is doing his thing early and it looks like he's preparing for a track meet to start the game. Daye is still nowhere near close to being a fantasy option and probably won't be seeing more than 20 minutes. Rotoworld.com
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  • Jimmy Butler ruled out on Friday night
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) has been ruled out for Friday night against the Cavs.

    Advice: He's officially inactive and will miss his second game of the season. The Bulls fared pretty well without him and Mike Dunleavy should help on the wing. Kirk Hinrich will also start at shooting guard, which makes Aaron Brooks the backup point guard. Fantasy owners should keep Butler stashed. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:59 pm
     
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  • Jimmy Butler not in the starting lineup
    Jimmy Buter (thumb) is not in the starting lineup against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: This isn't the official news yet, but he sounds like he's out tonight. Butler missed the opener with his thumb issue and could miss more time. It'll be Kirk Hinrich starting with Tony Snell backing him up. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:34 pm
     
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  • Josh McRoberts is probable for Saturday
    Josh McRoberts (toe) is probable to face the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been back at practice and should be good to go. McRoberts should act as a point-forward in the offense and may have a chance to duplicate his stats with the Bobcats last season. If you have Shawne Williams, you can let him loose. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:59 pm
     
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  • Jimmy Butler rejects contract extension offer
    Jimmy Butler rejected the Bulls' final offer on a contract extension.

    Advice: "It came down to me deciding that I want to bet on myself," Butler said. After a very impressive preseason with a much higher efficiency, he's a popular pick for a breakout season. He's still a game-time call for tonight, so his fantasy owners will want to keep an eye out for news. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:38 pm
     
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  • Report: Brandon Knight will be an RFA
    Brandon Knight and the Bucks have ended their contract extension talks.

    Advice: He'll be in a contract year before he becomes a restricted free agent. Knight looked like a point guard in the opener with 13 dimes against the Hornets, so maybe he can have a career year under Jason Kidd. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:26 pm
  • Tristan Thompson not likely to be extended
    Tristan Thompson and the Cavs are reportedly still far apart on a contract extension, and their unlikely to come to an agreement by Friday's deadline.

    Advice: That means that Thompson will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the season. While Anderson Varejao is healthy Thompson's fantasy value will be very limited, however, that will change if Varejao goes down at any point. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:32 am
  • Brandon Jennings off to rocky start with SVG
    Brandon Jennings has been benched in favor of D.J. Augustin for large portions of the Pistons' games, and has yet to play a single minute of the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings is off to a rocky start with head coach Stan Van Gundy, and when he was told that Van Gundy said the reason for his benching was that Augustin was playing better, Jennings responded: "Then he should start right now and I'll be the back-up." That's not a great attitude to have, and SVG isn't afraid to question Jennings' horrid shot selection. Brandon is currently averaging just 17 minutes through two games this season, and if things don't improve soon, it might make sense to drop him and move on. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:28 am
  • Report: Tobias Harris set to become RFA
    Tobias Harris and the Magic are reportedly unlikely to come to an agreement on a contract extension by Friday's deadline.

    Advice: If the Magic fail to sign Harris to a contract extension by Friday's deadline, he will become a restricted free agent when the offseason hits. With Victor Oladipo (face) sidelined, Harris has been given more opportunity on offense, and he's a must-start guy moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:03 am
  • Report: Knicks don't pickup option on Larkin
    The Knicks have reportedly declined to pickup their team option on Shane Larkin.

    Advice: Larkin has been starting for the Knicks in place of injured Jose Calderon (calf), and he had a nice showing vs. the Cavs on Thursday with nine points, five assists, and five steals. He's worth a look in deeper leagues, but his fantasy value will likely return to non-existent upon Calderon's return. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:48 am
  • Mason Plumlee likely to start on Saturday
    Mason Plumlee is expected to start again on Saturday with Brook Lopez (foot) sidelined.

    Advice: Plumlee only played 11 minutes during his regular-season debut due to foul trouble, and put up just four points and four rebounds. He'll have a tough matchup on Saturday vs. Andre Drummond, so he could be in line for another so-so game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:33 am
  • Dwyane Wade (calf) practices in full on Fri.
    Dwyane Wade (calf contusion) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and is probable for Saturday's tilt vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Wade briefly excited Thursday's game with a bruised left calf, but he was able to play through it, and the fact that he was a full participant during Friday's practice is an encouraging sign. We think that he'll be a go for Saturday's game, but check back closer to the tip for official confirmation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Josh McRoberts (toe) practiced in full on Fri
    Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: McBob is getting very close to making his regular-season debut with the Heat, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. The Heat play the 76ers on Saturday, so we'll list him as questionable for that one. His ability to offer 3-point shooting and assists with minimal turnovers from the power forward position make him a viable asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:47 am
     
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  • David West (ankle) will not play Friday
    David West (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies after missing morning shootaround.

    Advice: He is expected to miss three games and will be re-evaluated after the game on Nov. 1. With West out, it'll be Luis Scola as the starter and while Chris Copeland and Lavoy Allen also get some big-man minutes next to Roy Hibbert. Scola is more of a spot-start guy with a low ceiling in a sub-par matchup. Rotoworld.com
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  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) is game-time decision
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated during Friday morning's shootaround, but remains a game-time decision.

    Advice: The Bulls could use their defensive stalwart for what will likely be a tough matchup vs. the Cavs, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Check back for another update as we draw closer to tip-off, but if Butler is to sit this one out, Kirk Hinrich will draw the start and he makes for an alright plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 am
     
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  • Hasheem Thabeet headed to D-League
    Hasheem Thabeet has passed on offers to play in Europe, and has committed to join the Grand Rapids of the D-League.

    Advice: The former No. 2 overall pick of the 2009 draft will now attempt to impress in the D-League in order to sign an NBA contract. However, he's never been able to produce meaningful stats on an NBA team, so even if he does get a contract, there's no reason to pay him any mind in a fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:30 am
     
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  • Rick Carlisle likes Chandler Parsons' game
    Rick Carlisle heaped praise on Chandler Parsons following the Mavs' lopsided victory over Utah on Thursday.

    Advice: "I like everything about Parsons," head coach Rick Carlisle said. "He plays hard; he is decisive with what he is doing... By the time All-Star break rolls around, people are going to look at him and say this is one of the best young players in the league." Parsons bounced-back from a disappointing season-opener, scoring 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, and one 3-pointer. He's going to be a primary component of the Mavs' offense, and will have plenty more games like this one going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:50 am
  • Brad Stevens praises Marcus Smart's play
    Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens praised Marcus Smart's play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I’ve coached a lot of guys that are great great guys and [Smart's] one of the most unique people I’ve coached in his ability to raise the energy level of your team and you can see that already," said Stevens. Smart's elite defense is going to get him time on the court, however, his lack of offensive statistics makes him more of a deep league play. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Hawks pickup team option on Dennis Schroder
    The Hawks have picked up their team option on Dennis Schroder.

    Advice: Schroder is going to split minutes with Shelvin Mack, backing up starting point guard Jeff Teague, and that's not a recipe for fantasy success. Leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
  • 76ers pickup Michael Carter-Williams option
    The 76ers have picked up their team option on Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: The move was expected after MCW led all rookies in points (16.7), assists (6.3), and steals (1.9) last year on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award. Carter-Williams remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, but he is scheduled to go through a full practice on Nov. 6, after which, the 76ers will have a better idea as to when he can make his sophomore season debut. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:46 am
  • DeAndre Jordan has solid game
    DeAndre Jordan scored eight points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: His minutes look like they're safe at this point and the Clippers are going to need him on defense. Jordan didn't have a block tonight, but they'll be coming in short order. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • J.J. Redick has an awful shooting game
    J.J. Redick made just one of his 10 attempts from the field against the Thunder on Thursday with five points and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Yuck. Redick just couldn't get his shot to go down and wasn't really forcing anything. He'll be better his next time out against the weak Lakers defense on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Wright puts a nice line in 20 minutes
    Brandan Wright scored 14 points in 20 minutes on Thursday with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He almost doesn't miss from the field and garbage time wasn't a huge factor with none of his field goals coming in the last six minutes of the game. Wright will have low-end fantasy value because he will likely see time in the high teens most nights. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Tyson Chandler scores 13 on perfect FGs
    Tyson Chandler made all five attempts from the field for 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Garbage time was a factor tonight and he did have some foul trouble in the opener, so he should be above his 26.5 minutes per game. Chandler is more of a three-category guy in fantasy for boards, blocks and field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 21 in win
    Chandler Parsons bounced back from a stinker in the opener with a 21-point game against the Jazz on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He just couldn't get his shots to go down in the opener and was much better tonight, making 8-of-16. Parsons is going to be heavily involved in the offense, which figures to be among the league's best for points and overall fantasy output. We should see more of this CP than the Tuesday version. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Shane Larkin scores nine with five steals
    Shane Larkin had five steals against the Cavs on Thursday to go with nine points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-6 from the field and was actually an asset to the Knicks on defense. Larkin is undersized and teams are going to be licking their chops to post him up and create plays against him, but the Knicks really have no other choice with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks. He's worth a look as a stop-gap option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 12 in starting lineup
    Iman Shumpert played 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He handled the ball a little bit for the Knicks, but he wasn't running the point. Shumpert isn't going to be involved enough on offense to warrant a pickup in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • J.R. Smith looks much better, scores 11
    J.R. Smith battled through a back injury against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He only had two games with seven or more assists last season, so the dimes are a big surprises. Smith has been dealing with a back issue for basically the past month and it's something he might have to endure throughout the season. He's a low-end fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert gets benched
    Samuel Dalembert was benched in the second half of Thursday's game against the Cavs, finishing with two rebounds in six minutes.

    Advice: He didn't register any other stats and missed his only shot. Dalembert has been in the doghouse for about a half-dozen coaches, so this is not a surprise. His fantasy owners can probably start looking elsewhere in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Tristan Thompson comes off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench for 20 minutes against the Knicks during a 95-90 loss on Thursday, scoring six points with two rebounds.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-7 from the field and made it abundantly clear he's not going to have much value while Anderson Varejao is healthy. Fantasy owners can cut Thompson in most leagues due to a lack of per-minute production from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 10 in 38 minutes
    Dion Waiters played 38 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He attempted five shots from deep and he's really going to have to light it up from beyond the arc to have fantasy value. Waiters hasn't done much else besides score, so he's not a great player to own in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • LeBron James has rough start in loss vs. NY
    LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Brandon Jennings plays just 16 minutes
    Brandon Jennings played just 16 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday, scoring four points with two rebounds and six assists on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: His minutes are in deep, deep trouble. For the first three halves of the season, coach Stan Van Gundy basically played Jennings for the first 10 minutes of the half and would then go with D.J. Augustin for the rest. However, Jennings picked up a third foul early in the third quarter, picked up a technical foul, and was sent for the bench for good. He's not a must-own player anymore. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Tobias Harris cools off in a loss on Thursday
    Tobias Harris slowed down after a big debut with 14 points, four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: He shot just 4-of-12 from the field, but couldn't get into a rhythm on offense. Harris has been used at both forward spots and he should be able to get consistent minutes even when the team is healthy. Although, Victor Oladipo (face) will certainly cut into his usage. He's a must-start guy right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:56 pm
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Shane Larkin to start at PG again for Knicks
    Shane Larkin is expected to start at point guard again for the Knicks against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: With Jose Calderon (calf) now out 2-3 weeks, Larkin could be starter going forward as well. The Knicks will keep the same starting lineup for LeBron's homecoming with the exception of Quincy Acy in for Amare Stoudemire at power forward, while the Cavs will start LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Jimmy Butler spotted playing 4-on-4 game
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated in 4-on-4 after a light Bulls practice.

    Advice: Butler is tentatively hoping to return as soon as Friday, but that's not been confirmed. As with most injuries in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau is calling Butler day-to-day for the time being. We should get plenty of updates on Butler's status, but for as long as he's sidelined, expect Kirk Hinrich to continue starting at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
     
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  • Matt Barnes calls Jordan key to championship
    Matt Barnes called DeAndre Jordan "the key to our championship."

    Advice: On a team with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Barnes actually has a point. "Teams have offensive threats, but when you have a 7-footer that can run the floor, rebound, block shots and change shots, he’s going to be the key." Entering a contract season and coming off a breakout one, Jordan will be at the center of what the Clippers are hoping to achieve. Doc Rivers wants to see more consistency from the big man this season, as do his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Dion Waiters happy to be learning from LeBron
    Dion Waiters is happy to be learning from LeBron James in their first season together.

    Advice: "It's been great. We're just pretty much talking a lot. I talk to him about everyday life as well as things on the court." James has really taken Waiters under his wing and is acting as a mentor, so hopefully some of Waiters' bad on-court habits will begin to subside. Waiters added that he's been working on shot selection as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Report: Bulls, Jimmy Butler not close on deal
    The Bulls and Jimmy Butler have a "large gap" in extension talks, according to beat writer KC Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson is as dialed in as any reporter on the Bulls beat, so we're inclined to take him at his word. ESPN's Chris Broussard also said that it's "unlikely" the two sides come to an agreement prior to Friday's deadline, but both Butler and the Bulls have been vocal about wanting to remain together. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
     
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  • Brandon Jennings starting to get it finally
    Brandon Jennings said that he's "starting to get it."

    Advice: That's a good start, Brandon. "Who has the hot spots, who's been scoring, when I see guys down and when to pick up the energy of the team. They're gonna feed off my energy, on the floor and off." Jennings seems committed to really improving his reputation as a point guard, but he played just 20 minutes in the Pistons' first game with four points, four rebounds and two assists. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • LeBron James calls Cleveland opener huge
    LeBron James called the Cavaliers home opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events that's up there ever."

    Advice: For LeBron and for Cleveland, it's an iconic moment that will be remembered forever. For the rest of us, it holds a little less luster. Regardless, LeBron's return to Cleveland will be headline news all season long. Prepare yourself for it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Tobias Harris, Magic still not close on deal
    Tobias Harris and the Orlando Magic are no closer to agreeing on an extension, according to Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: Harris and the Magic have exchanged figures as the team tries to beat the October 31 deadline that would keep the 22-year-old from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but it's starting to look like Harris will be accepted offer sheets from other teams after the season is over. Harris had a strong opening night with 25 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one three-pointer, so regardless of his contract situation, fantasy owners on #TeamTobias have to be happy with what they say on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
  • Mason Plumlee working on avoiding fouls
    Mason Plumlee said he needs to work on staying out of foul trouble after struggling in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: Plumlee was in the Nets' starting rotation, but only played 11 minutes after picking up two quick fouls at the start of each half. "I picked up a couple early ones and kept fouling," Plumlee said. "I can’t do that if I want to stay on the floor." The 24-year-old has plenty of potential, but he's going to be tough to keep on fantasy rosters if he can't stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • DeAndre Jordan wants to play like Spurs
    DeAndre Jordan said he wants the Clippers to play more like the Spurs.

    Advice: As the Clippers prepare to open their season against the Thunder on Thursday night, Jordan used the Spurs as an example of how good the Clips can be. "It's encouraging seeing that team, that coach, and how everybody buys into that system," Jordan said. "Things haven't really changed for them. They do the same thing. You know what play they're going to run, you just can't stop them. We're trying to be a team like that," Jordan said. The 26-year old can be a drain on fantasy owners' free throw percentage, but he's still one of the better big man options in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Brandon Jennings surprised at lack of usage
    Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Cavs optimistic on Tristan Thompson extension
    The Cleveland Cavaliers are still optimistic about signing Tristan Thompson to a contract extension.

    Advice: With clock is ticking towards the October 31 deadline that would keep Thompson from become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are still expressing optimism. "We’d like to sign Tristan long-term to the Cavaliers. I don’t think that’s any secret," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "I believe they’d like to do that as well. So we’ll hopefully see what happens this week." Thompson will be primarily backing up Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao this season, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Brandon Jennings plays 20 mins, Augustin at 28
    Brandon Jennings played just 20 minutes against Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: Uh oh. It takes a special type of player to fit on coach Stan Van Gundy's system and Jennings is certainly not the prototype. He did have some Achilles soreness and maybe that was a factor, but the coast is clear on the injury front right now. Jennings is probably one of the biggest losers from a fantasy perspective tonight and he is on thin ice after just one game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:19 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Shane Larkin scores six pts in surprise start
    Shane Larkin made a surprise start at PG on Wednesday with Jose Calderon (calf) ruled out at the last minute, and he finished with six points, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Knicks coach Derek Fisher is apparently more comfortable keeping veteran PG Pablo Prigioni in a limited bench role, as Prigioni finished with four points, three dimes and three assists in just 17 minutes. Larkin is worth scooping up in deep leagues, given Calderon's injury history, but he's a negligible option in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert blocks three shots vs. Bulls
    Samuel Dalembert made his Knicks' debut on Wednesday with six points, four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Dalembert has minimal upside in New York but he's capable of top-120 value in just 20-25 minutes per game. It's hard to imagine him losing the starting C job to Jason Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani or Cole Aldrich, so owners in need of rebounds, blocks and FG percentage shouldn't be afraid to pluck him off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 21 in opener
    Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He also left the game briefly with a bruised left calf, which is obviously a cause for concern. The fact he was able to play through it was nice to see, and no news is good news on Wade's calf. Keep an eye out for an update on Thursday, but consider him probable for his next game. He didn't exactly fill the stat sheet tonight, but as long as he can stay on the court, big lines are on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Marcus Smart has four steals in NBA debut
    Marcus Smart played 28 minutes during his NBA debut in an easy 121-105 win against the Nets on Wednesday with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made a tremendous impact on defense and he definitely is going to be able to stick NBA-caliber ball handlers. Smart didn't take too many bad shots and he even had a four-point play. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many lines like this one and he's more of a stash or a deep-league asset. Additionally, the Celtics had eight players in double figures tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Mason Plumlee gets in foul trouble
    Mason Plumlee picked up some early fouls and played just 11 minutes in his start against the Celtics on Wednesday, scoring just four points with four rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: If he's going to remain in the starting lineup, he'll have to cool it with the fouls. Plumlee may have been close to 30 minutes tonight based on his preseason and how he finished the regular season, so tonight was a major letdown. He should be better his next time out, but isn't a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Brandon Knight posts big double-double
    Brandon Knight hit just 5-of-17 shots, but also made 10-of-10 free throws and two 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists and a block in Wednesday's OT loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Knight, who played 39 minutes, was fantastic tonight and Kendall Marshall didn't even get off the bench. Knight has the starting job locked down after this one, and if he somehow isn't owned in your league, try to get him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Shane Larkin starting against the Bulls
    Shane Larkin is starting against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks didn't exercise their team option on him, but now he's their opening-night starting point guard. He probably won't be too involved in the offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't stream him considering there are 12 games tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:06 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starting at SG vs. Chicago
    Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (toe) ruled out for Wednesday
    Josh McRoberts (toe) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been out for most of the preseason and it will likely be Shawne Williams in the starting lineup. McRoberts doesn't have a timetable to return and he should be benched in most fantasy leagues. He is still worth owning, of course. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:56 pm
     
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  • Report: Bulls unlikely to extend Jimmy Butler
    The Bulls are "unlikely" to extend Jimmy Butler's contract, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

    Advice: Butler is currently recovering from sprained thumb ligaments and his return date is uncertain, forcing owners to consider him 'out indefinitely' until the Bulls update his status. He's coming off a fine preseason in which he averaged 17.6 points on 65.9 percent shooting prior to his injury and he's poised to return top-80 value for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:23 pm
     
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  • Tobias Harris had a cramp on Tuesday
    Tobias Harris said he just had some cramps in his leg on Tuesday.

    Advice: He went down with what looked like an ankle injury and he did have ankle problems last season, but everything looks to be fine. Harris is going to be a huge part of the offense while Victor Oladipo (face) and Channing Frye are out. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:13 am
  • Cavaliers want to extend Tristan Thompson
    Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said on Wednesday that he wants to extend Tristan Thompson long term.

    Advice: The Cavs and Thompson are reportedly not close to a contract extension so this should be an interesting development that we will watch closely. He is going to come off the bench this season behind Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love, so Thompson won't have much fantasy value except in deeper leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 am
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) targeting Friday return
    Contrary to a previous report, Jimmy Butler (thumb) said on Wednesday that he is hoping to play on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Thibodeau said on Wednesday morning that Butler may miss two to four weeks, but later backed off of those remarks and said one to three weeks from the original injury date, which was Oct. 19th. Clearly there is some confusion going on in Chicago, but until we get some clarity, it would be hard to put Butler in your starting lineup. Expect to see more Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:50 am
     
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  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) out two to four weeks
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) is expected to be out for two to four weeks.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Butler's owners as he was considered questionable coming in to Wednesday's game. Expect to see more minutes from Aaron Brooks, Kirk Hinrich, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
     
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  • Mason Plumlee to start on Wednesday
    Mason Plumlee will start on Wednesday vs. Boston with Brook Lopez (foot) out.

    Advice: Plumlee has an excellent chance to rack up stats in as many minutes as he can handle Wednesday. He is definitely worth picking up considering the injury history of Brook Lopez, and the lack of depth in Brooklyn's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:55 am
  • Chandler Parsons: "I've got to be better"
    Chandler Parsons said that "I've got to be better" after a disappointing performance against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: It is going to take some time for him to gel with his new teammates so he deserves a pass on this one. Only four times during his three seasons with the Houston Rockets did Parsons make two or fewer field goals on 10 or more attempts, so Parsons should bounce back quickly. On a positive note, he didn't appear limited by his knee which is a great sign moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:12 am
  • Mason Plumlee expected to see big minutes
    Mason Plumlee is expected to see big minutes on Wednesday, even if Brook Lopez (foot) suits up against Boston.

    Advice: Lopez is still considered doubtful so Plumlee makes a lot of sense as an excellent fantasy option in the short-term. Considering the injury history of Lopez, and the declining Kevin Garnett, Plumlee has a great chance of receiving big minutes this season and is definitely worth an extended look. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • Brandan Wright solid in 18 minutes in opener
    Brandan Wright opened the 2014-15 season with six points, five rebounds and one block in 18 minutes, as the Mavs lost by one point to the Spurs in San Antonio.

    Advice: Injuries caused B-Wright to miss 24 games last year so it's great to see him healthy on opening night. His per-minute stats reveal nice fantasy upside, but he's unlikely to crack the top-100 while Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki are both healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Tyson Chandler has big impact on Dallas
    Tyson Chandler played fantastic in a loss against the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did suffer a lower back injury and briefly left the game, but did return and appeared fine. Chandler was very active tonight and was a huge factor for Dallas on the boards. He struggled with foul trouble, which explains the low minutes, so he should be able to improve upon these numbers as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles in Dallas debut
    Chandler Parsons struggled in his Dallas debut against the Spurs by managing to score only five points on 2-of-10 shooting, while adding four rebounds, two steals, one block, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It was a rough night for Parsons as he simply couldn't get anything going. He didn't have the ball in his hands a lot tonight and failed to register a single assist. The only positive his owners can take from this game is that he did not appear to be limited by his knee Tuesday, and he will look to bounce back on Thursday vs. Utah. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Tobias Harris leads Magic w/ 25 pts in defeat
    Tobias Harris led the Magic with 25 points on 9-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in a losing effort on Tuesday, adding eight rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Harris even made a 3-pointer, and his four turnovers and zero assists were the only negatives in an otherwise stellar season-opening performance. His ADP in head-to-head Yahoo! leagues was 96.3, which is far below his fantasy ceiling -- the issue is whether or not he can stay healthy, after missing 24 games per season during his career, but when he's on the court he belongs in all fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) did not practice on Tuesday and remains questionable for Wednesday's season opener vs. New York.

    Advice: "I feel better. Obviously everyone knows I want to play, but I don’t want to rush back too early," said Butler. Butler could be headed for a true game-time decision, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. If he's unable to go, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell will see some extra minutes, with Hinrich and Brooks being the best plug-and-play options. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
     
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  • Parsons (knee) goes through full practice
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through a full practice on Monday without any issues.

    Advice: Parsons is fully expected to suit up for the regular-season opener, and he's going to be a big part of Dallas' offense. He's coming off a season in which he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals, and he should have no problem returning to those numbers during his first season with the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:39 pm
  • David West (ankle) out for first 3 games
    David West (ankle) will miss at least the first three games of the season.

    Advice: While West is out, Chris Copeland and Luis Scola will help fill the void, and they look like decent short-term options if you have a roster spot open. George Hill (knee) unfortunately is going to miss the first three weeks of the season, so when West returns to the court, he's going to have to do a lot for the offense. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:22 am
     
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    L, 97-89 vs Mem
  • Josh McRoberts not taking contact at all
    Josh McRoberts (toe) is doubtful for Wednesday's opener against the Wizards.

    Advice: McBob isn't even taking contact in practice yet. The Heat continue to call him day-to-day, but he's been day-to-day since the surgery during the offseason. There is no firm timetable for McRoberts' return, and Shawne Williams looks like Miami's starting power forward to open the 2014-15 season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Blatt looking to cut down on LeBron's minutes
    David Blatt said that he'd like LeBron James to play fewer minutes than the 39.5 he's averaged during his career.

    Advice: "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." It's a valid concern, but one that we're not worried about. Coaches often say things like this before the games matter, and LeBron will have no strict minutes limit at any point while healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Marcus Smart returns to practice Monday
    Marcus Smart (illness) will return to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Smart felt "better and better" as the weekend went on, and he's ready to go two days before the Celtics open their season. If Rajon Rondo (hand) can get cleared before Wednesday's opener, Smart will make his debut off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:51 am
  • Report: No extension talks for Iman Shumpert
    There has been "no conversation" between the Knicks and Iman Shumpert about a contract extension, sources told ESPN New York.

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Mason Plumlee encouraged to live in the paint
    Mason Plumlee said he's ready to take open jump shots from "15 feet and in," but coach Lionel Hollins would prefer to see him anchored in the paint.

    Advice: "I'd rather for him to never shoot a jump shot," Hollins said. "I want him to be more comfortable in the post making moves. He has good footwork, he's quick, jumps well and has a nice jump hook with his right and left hand." Plumlee took 96 percent of his shots within eight feet of the rim last season, so we're not expecting many mid-range jumpers. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (sore knee) practices Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through most of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons banged knees with Luke Ridnour during Friday's exhibition but he should be fine for the Mavs' season opener. He's coming off a stellar performance, scoring 24 points in 25 minutes, giving him momentum as he enters the 2014-15 season a big part of the Dallas offense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:13 am
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Carter-Williams will be re-evaluated Nov. 6
    Michael Carter-Williams is set to go through a full practice on November 6, after which the 76ers will have a better idea on his return date.

    Advice: Head coach Brett Brown was noncommittal when asked of MCW's current projected return date of November 13, and implied that he may play limited minutes upon his return. "The duration and when [he returns] is more about gut feels," said Brown. "It's certainly not going to take a month [from now] before he first comes back. I think we can give him some sporadic minutes quite soon." Tony Wroten will man the point guard position while Carter-Williams is on the shelf, and he makes for a decent short-term addition to fantasy squads. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:40 am
  • Cavs pick up option on Waiters
    The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.

    Advice: To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:33 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams to scrimmage on 11/6
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is expected to scrimmage on Nov. 6.

    Advice: He is targeting a return of Nov. 13 for game action, but coach Brett Brown didn't seem very optimistic. "I believe that it's not going to take long to play him [once he starts scrimmaging Nov. 6]," Brown said. Carter-Williams hasn't been very positive about his shoulder injury and it's still possible he doesn't hit his target date. He's not a great target in fantasy drafts while Tony Wroten should start off hot. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:24 am
  • David West (ankle) doesn't practice on Sat.
    David West (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Beat writer Scott Agness said West's ankle is still swollen while coach Frank Vogel said the team will see how West feels in a couple of days. Basically, his chances of playing on Wednesday are not good, despite being one of the toughest players in the NBA. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola are both worth looks for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:20 am
     
    Injured
    L, 97-89 vs Mem
  • Knicks might not keep Shane Larkin
    The Knicks may opt to not exercise the option on Shane Larkin's contract.

    Advice: The team was expected to pick up his option earlier this month, but they may want to keep the cap space. Larkin is expected to get some run in the second unit and may have value if Jose Calderon (calf) needs to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:48 am
  • Cavs not close to extension with Tristan
    The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are not close to coming to terms on an extension.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Thompson does have a big opportunity in front of him, but he will be coming off the bench. That said, he doesn't have a lot of presence in defensive stats and is inefficient, so we like other people later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:56 am
  • DeAndre plays 24 minutes
    DeAndre Jordan scored just two points with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had a quiet preseason and it is a minor concern to see Spencer Hawes have a decent month. Although, Jordan looked good in spots on defense, so he's not going to take a major hit. We wouldn't expect him to be in the top 10 for minutes again this season, but he'll still be an awesome asset except for free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:09 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Chandler Parsons gets 24 points in 15 minutes
    Chandler Parsons blew up for 24 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 25 minutes vs. the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in an explosive third quarter and would have had a bigger night if the Mavs didn't have a convincing lead in the exhibition. Head coach Rick Carlisle criticized Parsons for being a few pounds above his ideal weight earlier in the preseason, but he's fit and ready for a big season in a featured offensive role with the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:46 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Marcus Smart (stomach bug) doesn't practice
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is Smart's second consecutive absence from practice due to this stomach bug, but we're still considering him probable for the regular-season opener. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) targeting a return for opening night, Smart's fantasy value is limited. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Nets pickup team option on Mason Plumlee
    The Nets have picked up their team option on Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: Plumlee is a nice fantasy asset to own while Brook Lopez is on the sidelines. However, when Brook is healthy Plumlee will struggle to find consistent minutes. He's worth a late-round flier in standard leagues, but would probably be served best on the team that drafts Lopez. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:26 am
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:35 am
  • Mavericks sitting everyone on Thursday
    Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright are all sitting out against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Hopefully, Pelicans owner Tom Benson doesn't grab the microphone and apologize to fans while wearing a chicken suit. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:49 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams eyes Nov 13 return
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is planning to return to action when the 76ers take on the Mavericks on November 13, according to sources.

    Advice: This news would have the reigning Rookie of the Year missing just over a week of the regular season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about him missing the start of the season. There is a chance that the Sixers will be cautious with MCW and hold him out beyond his targeted return date, so fantasy owners with an open spot would be wise to grab Tony Wroten as a short-term fill-in. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Brandon Jennings out Thursday vs Sixers
    Brandon Jennings (sore achilles) will miss Thursday's preseason finale against the 76ers.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season a week away, this sound like a precautionary move to keep Jennings from injuring himself further. While Jennings has plenty of talent and will produce some stellar games, potential fantasy owners need to be aware of the poor field goal percentage baggage that comes with spending a later middle round pick on Jennings. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:36 am
  • LeBron James decides who has a big game
    An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

    Advice: "He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 13 before being tossed
    J.J. Redick hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists before being ejected from Wednesday's preseason win over the Suns.

    Advice: Redick argued a foul call late and got a little too demonstrative for the official's liking. He was hit with a couple quick techs and sent to the locker room. Redick was well under control and shouldn't face any harsh punishment, so look for him to be ready to roll for the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Brandon Knight misses all eight shots
    Brandon Knight missed all eight shots from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with one points, five rebounds, six assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it over four times and was torched by Ricky Rubio. Knight returned from a groin injury and he should be considered as the favorite as the starter at point guard. He's more of a lower-upside player to grab around pick 100. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 15 with three treys
    Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Uh oh Antetokounmpo: Giannis shoots 0-of-7
    Giannis Antetokoumpo missed all seven shots from the field in an otherwise stat-stuffing Wednesday game, adding one point at the line, five rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford resting
    DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford got the night off on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sat out on Tuesday, so this is just a day off for two of the Clippers better players. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Shane Larkin starts, scores five in win
    Shane Larkin started at point guard against the Wizards on Wednesday, posting a line of five points, four boards, four assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: John Wall made him look pretty bad and Larkin's lack of size was a factor tonight. Still, coach Derek Fisher likes his speed and ability to penetrate, so he should be in the rotation. Unless Jose Calderon (calf) misses time, Larkin won't be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee started and had 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be a fine fantasy starter as long as Brook Lopez is out with his foot problem, but once Bro-Lo is back in action, Plumlee may struggle for consistency. Lopez should be ready to go around the start of the season, but if you draft him, taking Plumlee as insurance makes sense. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova available Wed.
    Brandon Knight (groin) and Ersan Ilyasova (knee) are both available to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed over one week with his groin injury and it's unclear if he'll be limited tonight. Nobody stepped up while Knight was on the shelf, so he is expected to start at point guard. Fantasy owners can target him in the later rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Dalembert likely to average around 26 minutes
    Samuel Dalembert is likely to play around 26 minutes per game this season, according to Phil Jackson, largely because of his tendency to rack up fouls.

    Advice: Sammy has averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes in his career, so that particular argument for limited minutes may be slightly overblown. In any case, he's the favorite to start at center and Jackson said the Knicks want him Dalembert to be "a 10-and-10 guy." If you throw a block or two into the mix, it's reasonable to think he'll flirt with late-round value this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:04 am
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
  • Josh McRoberts not likely for finale
    Josh McRoberts is not likely to play in the Heat's preseason finale on Friday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: While McBob is out, Shawne Williams is starting at PF for the Heat, but you have to think that will end once McRoberts is healthy and gets a few practices in. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:34 pm
     
    Injured
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan picking up where he left off
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort on Tuesday, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: He's picking up right where he left off last season, shooting 76 percent over the past five games while racking up copious rebounds, steals and blocks. His FT shooting is worse than ever (37 percent in the preseason), so roto owners must be wary of his ability to tank a category single-handedly. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Dwyane Wade plays well on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Magic still in talks with Tobias Harris
    The Magic continue to work on an extension with F Tobias Harris, but the two sides aren't said to be close.

    Advice: Now that Nikola Vucevic has signed a new deal, it's possible talks pick up between Harris and the Magic. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:38 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) still sidelined
    Josh McRoberts will sit out again on Tuesday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: The Heat have suggested that McRoberts' recovery will extend into the regular season, leaving a major gap at PF. Shawne Williams may start on opening night if McRoberts isn't ready to go, supported by Udonis Haslem, and both Luol Deng and Danny Granger have spent time as backup PFs during the preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:28 pm
     
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  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • LeBron James is NBA's most popular player
    LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

    Advice: 18.4 percent of surveyed fans named James their favorite NBA player, which almost doubled the 9.4 percent vote he received in 2010-11 due to The Decision. While the years have likely softened some voters, a return to his hometown Cavaliers likely accounted for a jump among voters aged 35-54. The popularity vote won't help his fantasy value, but James should still be the first player selected in fantasy drafts with Kevin Durant injured. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
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