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  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day.
    41 minutes ago
  • Marvin Williams (elbow) out Monday vs. Hawks
    Marvin Williams (right elbow contusion) will not suit up for Monday's preseason game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of an elbow injury, so for now we'll be listing him as day-to-day for now. Williams is the starting power forward for the Hornets, but he's really not going to offer much to a fantasy squad outside of 3-point shooting. There are better players with higher upside you can target in the later rounds of drafts, so Williams is more of a deep league play at best.
    47 minutes ago
  • Danilo Gallinari (cold) doesn't practice Mon.
    Danilo Gallinari (cold) did not practice on Monday, and is now questionable for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Portland.

    Advice: He's just sick, and this is highly unlikely to impact his status for the regular season opener. Danilo has looked great throughout the preseason so far, and he's well worth a late-round selection for his ability to drain 3-pointers and bolster the free throw percentage category. He is an injury risk, but there's some decent upside here.
    Today, 2:04 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) questionable for Tues.
    Nick Collison (ankle) could make his preseason debut Tuesday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Collison doesn't offer enough to the box score to be considered a viable fantasy asset in almost any format, ignore him on draft day.
    Today, 12:02 pm
  • David West (ankle) expects to play in opener
    David West (ankle) told reporters on Monday that he suffered a very bad sprain, but he still expects to be ready for opening night.

    Advice: He will be out for the rest of the preseason, and was wearing a walking boot during Monday's practice, so we'll consider him questionable for the regular-season opener. While this is a bad sprain, it's not season ending, and West remains a reasonable mid-round target as he'll have to carry the Pacers' offensive workload with Paul George (foot) on the sidelines.
    Today, 11:32 am
  • Kevin Garnett (illness) will not play on Mon.
    Kevin Garnett (illness) will not play against the Sixers on Monday.

    Advice: He has a stomach bug and missed Sunday's game against the Celtics. Garnett is expected to start this season, but his minutes won't be much higher than 20 per game. Fantasy owners in most leagues can ignore him unless it's a plug-and-play on a light Thursday night or something.
    Today, 10:26 am
  • Ronald Roberts (quad) out again on Monday
    Ronald Roberts (quad) will not play against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He's probably going to be cut any day now. Roberts has no fantasy value.
    Today, 9:09 am
  • Anderson Varejao starting at C on Monday
    Anderson Varejao will start at center against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson.
    Today, 8:38 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) playing pain-free
    Darrell Arthur said that he's playing pain-free basketball.

    Advice: "The trainers are doing a great job of stretching me out, keeping my hips loose and just maintaining my knee, just watching over it," Arthur said. He's still buried on the depth chart and the Nuggets obviously won't play him big minutes to keep him fresh. He can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Luis Scola expected to start on Tuesday
    Luis Scola is expected to start against the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: As it stands right now, he could be the starter on opening night with David West dealing with an ankle injury. Scola has rarely turned in top-100 value because he's only a two-category player, so fantasy owners shouldn't be overly excited about picking him up.
    Today, 7:30 am
  • David West (ankle) to have an MRI on Monday
    David West (ankle) will have an MRI on his ankle on Monday.

    Advice: His ankle sprain looked awful on Saturday, but he didn't break it because X-rays were negative. West is likely out for the rest of the preseason and he could be in jeopardy of missing some regular season action. Luis Scola is going to start, but Chris Copeland is probably the preferred target in a vacuum because of his output in 3-pointers and higher upside.
    Today, 6:44 am
  • Harrison Barnes plays 24 minutes vs. HOU
    Harrison Barnes had another efficient preseason outing on Sunday against the Rockets, making 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points with two boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He's shot at least 57 percent from the field in four of his last five games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 triples in that span. It is preseason, so it's tough to get overly excited about Barnes' chances of breaking out. Fantasy owners in standard leagues should be able to do better.
    Today, 6:31 am
  • Jeff Taylor's hearing moved back to Oct. 29
    Jeff Taylor's pre-trial hearing on charges including domestic assault has been moved to Oct. 29, the same day the Hornets play their season opener.

    Advice: Taylor has been barred from team activities since charges were filed and he may face a suspension from the league if he admits guilt or is found guilty during the legal process.
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • P.J. Tucker ready to earn minutes at PF
    With mounting competition for playing time at small forward, P.J. Tucker said he's ready and able to play power forward as needed.

    Advice: "When I go to [power forward], very rarely are we going to be a mismatch," said Tucker, who will be suspended the first three games of the season. "I can guard any four. And then they're not going to be able to guard us with the way we run the ball and spread the floor." Gerald Green is likely to play more SF this season, and both Marcus Morris and rookie T.J. Warren are also vying for SF minutes. Tucker's ability to play some PF is encouraging for his fantasy outlook, but he's still a flier pick at best.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Carlos Boozer ties career-high w/ six steals
    Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with six steals during Sunday's exhibition win, adding 19 points, nine rebounds and one block in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Boozer made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, taking full advantage of Enes Kanter's defensive limitations. He looks determined to hold off rookie Julius Randle for the starting PF job and shouldn't have much trouble early in the season. Just keep in mind that once the losses mount coach Byron Scott may cede to reality and unleash Randle to Boozer's detriment.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Hayward, Favors rested in road loss to Lakers
    Gordon Hayward and Derek Favors each played 12 minutes before sitting out Utah's loss in L.A. as a precaution.

    Advice: Hayward racked up eight points, three assists and three steals, and Favors was equally impressive, but the Jazz predictably lost their footing once they were pulled by coach Quin Snyder. Both of Utah's cornerstone players should see an uptick in playing time for Tuesday's road game vs. the Thunder.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Marvin Williams fills up stat sheet in defeat
    Marvin Williams finished Sunday's road loss with 12 points, two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Williams' stat lines have been unusually diverse this preseason, including 1.2 triples, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He's also shooting 38.7 percent from the field and hadn't cracked double-digits prior to Sunday's game, however, and his career-long inconsistency makes him nothing more than a late-round gamble.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) out on Sunday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will sit out on Sunday Vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: His ankle isn't serious and the Thunder are just going to be cautious with him considering this is just preseason. Regardless, ignore him on draft day.
    Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (stomach) out Sunday vs. BOS
    Kevin Garnett (stomach virus) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Garnett has been dealing with this stomach virus since Friday, but he should be a go for opening night. Head coach Lionel Hollins has stated that he has no plans of resting Garnett in back-to-back sets, and that he sees Garnett getting more than 20 minutes a game. However, after a season in which he averaged just 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds, Garnett is merely a late-round flier at best.
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Danilo Gallinari plays 15 minutes on Sat.
    Danilo Gallinari played 15 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday with 12 points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is only getting minutes in the teens and will likely have his minutes in check to start the year. Gallinari looks great so far and could be a start-worthy player in all leagues when the calendar turns to 2015, but he'll start slow. Plan accordingly.
    Saturday, 10:13 pm
  • X-rays negative on David West (right ankle)
    X-rays on Saturday were negative on David West's right ankle.

    Advice: He's dealing with a sprain and coach Frank Vogel said he doesn't know how long West will be out. The team will likely give him an MRI and we'll pass along the information as it becomes available. It's possible West isn't ready for opening night. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola would gain value.
    Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • David West sprains right ankle on Saturday
    David West suffered a sprained right ankle on Saturday.

    Advice: He rolled it badly after going up for a rebound. West needed some help off the floor and he was putting very little weight on his right foot on his way back to the locker room. There is a chance he misses time in the regular season despite being a tough dude, so fantasy owners might not want to reach for him. If he's out, Luis Scola would be worth a look late in drafts. Chris Copeland could also get some extra run at the four and has a higher upside than Scola.
    Saturday, 5:44 pm
  • Ron Roberts still out on Saturday
    Ron Roberts (quad) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He's probably going to be waived soon and hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any game. Roberts is likely D-league bound.
    Saturday, 3:05 pm
  • Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson do not practice
    Both Kevin Garnett (stomach virus) and Joe Johnson (rest) did not participate in practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Garnett missed Friday's practice with the same stomach virus so that's obviously something that's lingering. The Nets have only played two preseason games so far. As of right now Johnson should be considered likely to play on Sunday against Boston while Garnett's status is in question.
    Saturday, 9:11 am
  • Hayward scores 22 points, hits all 12 FTs
    Gordon Hayward lit up the box score in Friday's 101-97 preseason loss to the Clippers, scoring 22 points on 4-of-7 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 12-of-12 FTs) with six rebounds, four assists and six steals.

    Advice: Keep in mind that these games are loose and often generate pinball statistics. Hayward looks the part after his time with Team USA and has early round upside with a nice and safe mid-round floor.
    Friday, 11:38 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) will not play Friday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will not play in Friday's exhibition game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Collison's injury isn't serious, but he's also not a viable fantasy option in any fantasy leagues. Feel free to ignore the 10-year veteran come draft day.
    Friday, 11:58 am
  • Kevin Garnett has the stomach flu
    Kevin Garnett (stomach virus) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: He's entering the season with no lingering issues and he should get over his illness in time for the regular season. Garnett's minutes are going to be limited and with Brook Lopez going (foot) down, Mason Plumlee is an interesting name to think about late in drafts.
    Friday, 9:30 am
  • Gordon Hayward carves up the Lake Show
    Gordon Hayward scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: It sure does help to go against the Lakers, but this was Hayward's best game. He added some muscle to his frame and it should help his field goal percentage. He could put it all together and be a top-20 player this season.
    Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Carlos Boozer looks good on Thursday
    Carlos Boozer played 28 minutes against one of his former teams on Thursday during a 119-86 loss, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He's posting some decent scoring lines in the preseason, but the Lakers look lost on defense. Boozer isn't going to be a highly-coveted guy in your draft, but he should put up some nice points and boards totals.
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores five in start
    Harrison Barnes played 35 minutes in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Thursday, making just 2-of-8 from the field for five points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He's the favorite to start for the Warriors, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll have fantasy value. Fantasy owners are much better off grabbing Draymond Green later in their drafts. Green and nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.
    Thursday, 9:22 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari won't play on Thursday
    Danilo Gallinari (rest) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He has been up and down in his preseason action, but there has been no soreness in his surgically-repaired knee. It's going to take Gallinari a while before he can play consistent minutes in the 20s, but he could have a strong finish in 2014-15. Fantasy owners can give him a look late if they want to gamble.
    Thursday, 10:47 am
  • Anderson Varejao sits out with sore knee
    Anderson Varejao sat out Wednesday's game with a sore knee.

    Advice: He's OK, but the Cavaliers are going to be cautious with their fragile big man. He should be ready for the start of the season, assuming his knee problem isn't being reported inaccurately. If he does miss time, Tristan Thompson and Brendan Haywood will fill in for him.
    Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Myers confirms talk of Barnes as starter
    General manager Bob Myers confirmed that Harrison Barnes could be the starting small forward.

    Advice: "It's a possibility," Myers said. It's become more and more likely that Barnes starts for the Warriors, which is risky after a massive letdown in his sophomore season. He still isn't going to be worth drafting in most leagues until proven otherwise.
    Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Ronald Robert out with a quad strain
    Ronald Roberts did not practice on Wednesday due to a quad strain.

    Advice: He hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any of the four preseason games and is probably not going to make the 76ers. Roberts is likely D-league bound.
    Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • Andy Varejao tweaks right knee in win
    Anderson Varejao banged knees with another player, left the game and spent the rest of the night having his right knee looked at on the bench.

    Advice: He didn't go to the locker room and coach Blatt expects him to play tomorrow, although we're guessing he'll get the night off if he's dealing with any soreness on Wednesday afternoon. Varejao had six points and four rebounds in 23 minutes before exiting, and should be considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Gallo struggles in move to starting lineup
    Danilo Gallinari struggled shooting the ball in his move to the starting lineup, hitting 2-of-9 shots (including one three) for six points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Gallo was somewhat questionable for tonight's game as he recovers from a serious knee injury, and the fact that he's continuing to play is more important than any preseason shooting line. He's an injury risk, but a compelling one to look at late in drafts.
    Monday, 10:20 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (knee) not sore after debut
    Danilo Gallinari felt no soreness in his knee after making his preseason debut on Friday, and he expects to play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: The Nuggets' training staff may ultimately hold him out as a precaution, but it's a great sign that Gallo wants to get back on the court. "I thought I would think about my knee a lot more [during the game]," Gallinari said. "But I wasn't. I thought about it a couple of times when I was running back on defense ... but other than that I didn't think about it." He's still an injury risk coming off major surgery, but fantasy owners should view him as an upside pick in the late rounds.
    Oct 12, 10:39 pm
  • Harrison Barnes plays well as starting SF
    Harrison Barnes started on Sunday and had eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks before sitting down after 22 minutes.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala may come off the bench while Shaun Livingston (toe) is out of commission, giving Barnes a golden opportunity to establish himself with the starters. He can be drafted in the final rounds but fantasy owners shouldn't reach for him, and his career numbers point out a few of his deficiencies -- 9.3 points on 41.9 percent shooting, 0.7 threes, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks in 27 minutes per game.
    Oct 12, 9:14 pm
  • David West to avg. 30-32 minutes this season
    Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that he'll limit David West to 30-32 minutes per game during the regular season.

    Advice: Luis Scola should absorb any minutes left behind by West, who should be a focal point of the Pacers' offense without Paul George. West was limited to 18 minutes as a precaution during Sunday's preseason loss, while Scola chipped in eight points in 19 minutes off the bench.
    Oct 12, 7:08 pm
  • Anderson Varejao plays well in return home
    Anderson Varejao played well in his native country of Brazil, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He also only added three rebounds with no defensive stats, which is a little discouraging. However, he did draw the start and could be a huge factor for the Cavs down the stretch if he stays healthy. Varejao is worth a late-round pick due to his rebounding prowess.
    Oct 11, 5:50 pm
  • Hornacek unsure of P.J. Tucker's role?
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said deciphering P.J. Tucker's role is "hard."

    Advice: "It was good for us last year to have the energy right from the start of the game.," Hornacek said. "You kind of set the tone in the beginning." Interesting. The coach could just be talking about Tucker's suspension, but we'll still keep an eye on this situation.
    Oct 11, 12:05 pm
  • Rooster returns in style: Gallinari scores 17
    Danilo Gallinari looked outstanding in his first game since April 2013, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, one turnover and two 3-pointers in just 14 minutes.

    Advice: He was attacking the basket and was very aggressive on offense, making 5-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line. Gallinari was obviously out there to make a statement and we heard him loud and clear. He'll certainly carry a lot of risk, but the output on 3-pointers makes him worthy of a late-round flier.
    Oct 10, 9:38 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (shoulder) practices in full
    Harrison Barnes (shoulder) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Barnes said he felt a shock in his shoulder during Thursday nights' preseason game vs. the Lakers, but it doesn't look like this is going to affect him moving forward. Barnes will enter the season in a reserve role, and doesn't look to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 2:06 pm
  • Anderson Varejao working with the starters
    Anderson Varejao was seen working in the starting unit during Friday's practice, and he's likely to start when Cleveland takes on Miami on Saturday.

    Advice: It would be a bit of a buzzkill if head coach David Blatt decided not to start Varejao in his home country of Brazil, but this will be a good opportunity for Varejao to show Blatt what he can do as a starter. Blatt has been running with Tristan Thompson as the starting center up to this point, so the battle for the starting center spot is far from over. Varejao is a rebounding beast, but it remains to be seen if he can remain healthy throughout an 82-game season. Still, his upside makes him worthy of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 1:26 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (knee surgery) will play Fri
    Danilo Gallinari (knee surgery) will play Friday vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: This will be Gallinari's first game-time action since tearing his ACL on April 4, 2013. He'll be on a 15-minute limit, and some rust should be expected after missing so much time. We wouldn't recommend spending anything more than a late-round flier on the injury-prone Italian in standard leagues, and it may take a couple months before he really starts producing.
    Oct 10, 12:40 pm
  • David West getting rest on Friday night
    David West will not play on Friday night "for other guys to get minutes," according to coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: Lavoy Allen is going to get the start tonight while Ian Mahinmi and Chris Copeland will also help out. West is fine and is worth a look in the middle rounds.
    Oct 10, 8:14 am
  • Harrison Barnes felt a shock in his shoulder
    Harrison Barnes said he felt a shock in his shoulder on Thursday night.

    Advice: He didn't miss much time and said he was fine. Barnes also looked to suffer a wrist injury, but that isn't a concern either. The third-year forward had 11 points, two rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes on Thursday. Fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere late in their drafts.
    Oct 10, 6:45 am
  • Carlos Boozer scores 16 points vs. GSW
    Carlos Boozer scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He fared much better than his six-point game in the opener. Boozer had a minor injury while on defense, but it didn't cost him any playing time. If you're fine with no blocks or assists from Boozer, he's worth a look late in drafts.
    Oct 9, 10:23 pm
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