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  • Taj Gibson will not play Thursday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will miss Thursday's preseason game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The decision to make Gibson inactive for Thursday is just precautionary, so fantasy owners don't have to worry about anything long-term after offseason ankle surgery. Gibson is expected to be ready to for for the start of the regular season, but isn't much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he's mired in a crowded Bulls frontcourt. 31 minutes ago
  • Pau Gasol will not play Thursday
    Pau Gasol (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Denver.

    Advice: Gasol is just getting another game of rest, according to the Bulls, so there's nothing to worry about here. The 35-year-old remains a solid early-round pick in all fantasy leagues. 33 minutes ago
  • David Lee questionable for Thursday
    David Lee (illness) is questionable for Thursday's preseason game in Madrid.

    Advice: Lee is dealing with a bug, but is reportedly doing his best to get ready to play in Thursday's exhibition game. We're still weeks away from the regular season, so this news item does nothing to change Lee's status as a late-round target in standard leagues. 36 minutes ago
  • Kevin Seraphin misses Thursday practice
    Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Seraphin's injury isn't thought to be serious and the Knicks are playing it safe with him after he played 22 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win against Bauru. Even when healthy, the 25-year-old won't see enough minutes to make a difference in fantasy leagues this season and can be left alone by owners in standards leagues. Today, 9:56 am
  • Arron Affalo doesn't practice on Thursday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Afflalo continues to take it slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, but doesn't look to be in danger of missing any regular season action. As long as he can stay healthy this season, Afflalo will be the Knicks' No. 2 option on offense and is worth a late-round flier despite his lack of defensive numbers. Today, 9:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson will play Thursday night
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will play against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson's injury wasn't considered serious, but it's nice to see that news manifest itself with him being on the court Thursday. The Pistons starting point guard will likely have his minutes limited during the preseason, but his injury shouldn't linger into the regular season and he continues to be a mid-round target in standard league fantasy drafts. Today, 9:49 am
  • Matt Barnes trying to focus on basketball
    Matt Barnes said his focus is on basketball and not on an off-court incident between he and Knicks head coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: While Barnes acknowledged the NBA is looking into the altercation, he said he's trying to focus his energy on basketball. "It's a personal matter," Barnes said. "My focus is on basketball. Being here early, I don't wanna start it off by having anything negative." We'll keep Barnes' situation updated, but altercation aside, he shouldn't be on draft boards for fantasy owners in standard leagues. Today, 9:31 am
  • Omer Asik out three weeks with calf strain
    Omer Asik (calf strain) is expected to miss three weeks.

    Advice: Asik's injury will further deplete a Pelicans frontcourt that will already by without Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) for the next 4-6 weeks. Asik should be ready for the start of the regular season, but any prolonged absence will open up even more minutes for Ryan Anderson than he already had in front of him. We'll keep an eye on Asik, but this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy stock as a late-round flier. Today, 9:28 am
  • Steve Blake hoping to practice on Friday
    Steve Blake (concussion) is hoping to return to practice on Friday.

    Advice: Blake won't play in the Pistons preseason game on Thursday, but he'll be present at the arena and will be examined by doctors. As long as everything goes as planned, he's hoping to return to practice on Friday. While it's nice to see Blake getting healthy, he won't have much fantasy value as a backup point guard this season. Today, 9:24 am
  • HC says reserve roles suits Marco Belinelli
    Kings head coach George Karl said a reserve role suits Marco Belinelli well.

    Advice: Belinelli has started just 61 of his last 215 games and it doesn't sound like that trend is about to change. "I can just tell you my feeling the last two to three years, which I think have been best of his career, he’s been coming off the bench," Karl said. "I think in Chicago he was really good and in San Antonio he was really good." Belinelli is a decent late-round target in deeper leagues, but having him come off the bench is more of a fantasy boost for likely starter Ben McLemore. Today, 8:32 am
  • Ed Davis committed to NBA grind
    Ed Davis said his work ethic has helped him deal with the grind of the NBA.

    Advice: Though Davis has played with three teams in five seasons, he says his mental toughness has helped him deal with the grind of the NBA. "I remember growing up, my dad used to text me all the time ‘You’ll never get better laying in bed.’" Davis said. "’You don’t want to get up today? Well, somebody else is getting better.’ That always stuck with me. So every day I got up and made sure to grind." Davis is set to come off the bench for the Trail Blazers, so he's nothing more than a deep-league flier in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 7:53 am
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts says meditation helps
    Chris Douglas-Roberts said daily meditation helps him deal with the stress of playing in the NBA.

    Advice: While Douglas-Roberts isn't guaranteed to make the Pelicans final roster, the veteran swingman said meditation has helped him push any worries aside. ''I've seen everything you can see in this league,'' Douglas-Roberts said. ''I don't feel any NBA pressure like I used to feel. But I'm different now. I go back to the hotel meditate and read. You know Zen Master stuff." Even if CDR hooks on with the Pelicans, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a spot in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 7:50 am
  • David Lee see Warriors similarities in Celts
    David Lee said he saw a few similarities between the Warriors and the Celtics.

    Advice: While Celtics fans hope Lee's comparison carries through to a championship, the veteran big man sees some similarities between his new and former team. "Guys on the team get along well," Lee said. "There's not the superstar like Stephen Curry on this team but we do have a lot of depth and I think we are going to be a team that it's going to turn some heads this year." Lee doesn't bring many defensive numbers to a fantasy roster, but he's worth a late-round flier in standard leagues for his ability to rack up points and rebounds. Today, 7:19 am
  • HC says Kevin Martin off bench is best
    Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell said having Kevin Martin come off the bench is best for the team.

    Advice: While Mitchell acknowledge Martin may not like it, he stressed that the veteran needs to accept his new sixth man role for the betterment of the team. "It’s not necessarily about earning, it’s about where you are as an organization and where you’re trying to go," Mitchell said. "I’m not saying Kevin has to accept it with a smile on his face, but it’s just where we are as an organization." Martin will still see enough minutes to provide value in standard fantasy leagues, so losing his starting job to Zach LaVine shouldn't knock him off draft boards. Today, 7:05 am
  • Quinn Cook hoping to hook on with Cavs
    Quinn Cook said he is thankful of his opportunity with the Cavs and is hoping to make the team's final roster.

    Advice: While Cook faces an uphill battle, he says he's ready for the challenge. "I've been fighting my whole life," Cook said. "Fighting to get in a position to be in high school. Fighting to get playing time at Duke and fighting now for a roster spot. I'm used to fighting, and I'm just happy to be at this point, happy that the Cavaliers are giving me this opportunity.'' The 22-year-old is unlikely to land on the Cavs final and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 6:54 am
  • Darrell Arthur unlikely to play Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bulls.

    Advice: Nuggets head coach said the team is being cautious with Arthur in order to make sure he'll be ready for the regular season, so it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. While Arthur will be part of the Nuggets rotation, he only averaged 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds last season and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 6:36 am
  • Jose Calderon plays 16 in preseason debut
    Jose Calderson (Achilles) said he felt good after the Knicks preseason debut against Bauru of Brazil.

    Advice: Calderon scored three points to go along with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one three-pointer in 16 minutes and said he was feeling good after the game. "For the first game since March, actually felt good moving out there. Happy to be healthy. #isgonnabegood Great team W!," Calderon tweeted after the game. Calderon is at risk of losing his starting job to Jerian Grant, but he's worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's starting for the Knicks. Today, 6:29 am
  • HC says Kristaps Porzingis had solid debut
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said Kristaps Porzingis had a solid NBA debut.

    Advice: Porzingis scored seven points to go with two three-pointers, two rebounds, and one block in 21 minutes against Bauru of Brazil on Wednesday, but Fisher said he's not focused on the numbers at this point. While Porzingis has upside, he's unlikely to see enough minutes this season to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 6:22 am
  • Markieff Morris (hip) shoots 2-of-13 vs Kings
    Markieff Morris (strained hip) returned on Wednesday but shot only 2-of-13 from the field to finish with six points, six rebounds, two blocks and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He started at power forward, as expected, and isn't likely to face too much competition for minutes from Mirza Teletovic. Morris has missed only one game in the past three seasons and he has top-50 fantasy potential if he keeps his cool and plays to his potential in Phoenix. Prospective owners should be mindful that he could face a substantial suspension if his pending assault trial results in a 'guilty' verdict. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jon Leuer racks up 17 & 13 in preseason win
    Suns PF Jon Leuer scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds vs. the Kings on Wednesday, and he threw down an impressive dunk against DeMarcus Cousins in transition.

    Advice: The Twitter-hyperbole machine kicked into gear following Leuer's dunk, but it's still worth watching via the link below. Leuer is a blue-collar big man who fills a niche in the Suns' rotation without providing any fantasy upside whatsoever. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) hits four 3s in 24 min
    Brandon Knight (left ankle surgery) started Wednesday's exhibition and posted 16 points, four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in only 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns expressed their confidence in Knight by signing him to a five-year, $70 million deal this summer, establishing a fearsome backcourt with Eric Bledsoe also locked up for five years. Knight was on pace for a terrific season in 2014-15 prior to his injury, averaging 17.0 points, 2.0 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic struggles off bench vs. Kings
    Mirza Teletovic missed nine of his 10 field goal attempts during Wednesday's preseason opener, finishing with five points, five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The good news is that Teletovic wasn't shy offensively and half of his attempts came from downtown, which suggests that coach Jeff Hornacek will give him a green light with the second unit. As long as Markieff Morris is healthy and happy as the Suns' starting PF, however, Teletovic is an afterthought in most leagues. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein starts w/ Koufos resting
    Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein started Wednesday's exhibition with Kosta Koufos resting, and he finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed solid defensive awareness and his length created problems for the Suns tonight, underscoring the reasons he could earn substantial minutes as a rookie. Kosta Koufos is the current favorite to start alongside DeMarcus Cousins, which makes Cauley-Stein an intriguing but risky late-round pick. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has five assists, five turnovers
    Rajon Rondo had five points, five assists and five turnovers in Wednesday's exhibition loss to the Suns.

    Advice: The turnovers won't sit well with George Karl and it's interesting to note that Rondo attempted three 3-pointers tonight -- he made none of them, which isn't surprising as he's a career 26.3 percent shooter from downtown. Rondo will need a stirring finish to the preseason to be viewed as more than a late-round pick in 8-cat leagues. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Marco Belinelli shoots 1-of-10 from downtown
    Marco Belinelli connected on four of his team-high 15 shot attempts vs. the Suns, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: George Karl must be giving Belinelli free reign offensively, as the newly-acquired King went just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. The eight-year veteran doesn't offer fantasy value beyond 3-pointers and steady FT shooting, which makes him especially unappealing with Ben McLemore (six points, four rebounds in 26 minutes) favored to start at SG. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins attempts three 3s Wednesday
    DeMarcus Cousins racked up five fouls in 20 minutes during Wednesday's exhibition, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Cousins opened the game with a 3-pointer but uncharacteristically finished 3-of-12 from the field and 8-of-9 from the FT line. He attempted three 3-pointers tonight, compared to eight attempts during the entire 2014-15 season, so we'll keep a close eye on his shot selection this preseason. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels stuffs stat sheet vs Mavericks
    K.J. McDaniels accumulated 13 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes off Houston's bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: It must be noted that McDaniels also committed five fouls, and he did his damage vs. a Dallas second unit that featured Brandon Ashley, Jarrid Famous, Maurice Ndour and Jamil Wilson. He never played more than nine minutes in a game for Houston last year (in their season finale) and won't have fantasy value while Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are healthy. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis offers mixed bag in debut
    Kristaps Porzingis made his preseason debut on Wednesday with seven points (2-of-6 FGs), two 3-pointers, two rebounds and one block in 21 minutes vs. the Brazilian team Bauru.

    Advice: The Knicks' lottery pick started at PF and he'll be given every opportunity to keep the job ahead of Kyle O'Quinn and Derrick Williams. He was passive to begin the game, which is understandable, but also appeared tired after playing just 20 minutes in the exhibition. KP is a terrific pick in dynasty leagues but he's only a late-round option in re-draft formats. Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin scores 14 pts on 7-of-11 FGs
    Knicks C Kevin Seraphin shot 7-of-11 from the field on Wednesday to finish with 14 points, five rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: None of New York's starters logged more than 21 minutes and Seraphin isn't likely to see such a large role during the regular season. He's also unlikely to face as lenient a defense as Brazil's Bauru Basket, whom the Knicks beat by 19 points tonight, and standard-league owners should avoid him on draft day. Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • NBA to investigate Matt Barnes altercation
    The NBA is expected to join the Knicks and Grizzlies in an investigation of the altercation between Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher.

    Advice: Fisher was attending a get-together with Barnes' estranged wife, whom he is reportedly dating, and Barnes drove 95 miles to confront him in Los Angeles. Initial reports suggested that Fisher had a few scratches after the altercation, but thus far he has declined to press charges. Barnes may face a fine and/or suspension if the NBA determines that his behavior was inappropriate. Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis will start on Wednesday
    Kristaps Porzingis will start for the Knicks in Wednesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that Porzingis will start during the regular season, but the Knicks have hinted pretty strongly that he is the current favorite over Kyle O'Quinn. Porzingis struggld with a knee issue last week, but it's a good sign that the Knicks are letting him play in a meaningless game. Yesterday, 2:54 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels (elbow) returns to action
    K.J. McDaniels scored eight points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: McDaneils was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his right elbow this offseason, but he looked like he was 100 percent on Tuesday. The Rockets inked him to a three-year, $10 million deal, but he is still a project on offense and likely won't be in the rotation this season. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Ed Davis thinks Blazers' depth is a strength
    Ed Davis believes the Blazers' frontcourt depth will make them "deadlier" this season.

    Advice: "Every guy brings something different," Davis said. "Coach is going to have a lot of different lineups out there and we're going to benefit from each other. It's definitely a strength for us. And it's just going to make us that much more deadlier." The Oregonian is projecting Davis to come off the bench behind Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee, so he is more of a late-round flier for any owner in need of blocks. That being said, Davis will absolutely kill your free throw percentage after shooting 48.7 percent last season. Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Report: Matt Barnes attacked Derek Fisher
    According to the New York Post, Matt Barnes allegedly attacked Knicks head coach Derek Fisher for dating his ex-wife on Monday.

    Advice: According to a source close to Fisher, "Matt came after Derek but he only had a few scratches … Derek’s not going to press charges, he’s going to let it go." The incident occurred at Barnes' estranged wife's house, but it's still unclear if Barnes will face any disciplinary action (though the NBA will investigate it). For now, it sounds like everything has calmed down. Check out the link below for more details. Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Jose Calderon to start for Knicks this season
    Jose Calderon will start at point guard for the Knicks this season according to head coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: Additionally, Robin Lopez and Carmelo Anthony are the only other confirmed starters as expected. Calderon is coming off an Achilles injury and was pretty awful last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't gamble on him until the later rounds. If Calderon struggles, rookie Jerian Grant could be a serious threat to his minutes. For what it's worth, Calderon averaged just 9.1 points and 4.7 assists last season. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (Achilles) practices Wednesday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) practiced on Wednesday, and he could play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Jackson's injury isn't considered serious, but expect the Pistons to move forward with caution during the preseason. As the unquestioned starter in Detroit, Jackson is poised for an excellent season and it will look to prove his worth after inking a five-year, $80 million contract this summer. If Jackson is unable to play on Thursday, expect Spencer Dinwiddie to get some additional minutes. Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Markieff Morris (hip) will play on Wednesday
    Markieff Morris (hip strain) will play on Wednesday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Morris sat out of Saturday's scrimmage, but he was able to practice on Tuesday and will hopefully get some solid minutes in the Suns' preseason opener. After a summer filled with drama, Morris should resume his role as the starting power forward and could be a steal late in drafts. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Stevens says Celtics will play through Lee
    Head coach Brad Stevens said that the Celtics will play through David Lee this season, particularly when Isaiah Thomas isn't on the floor.

    Advice: "We’re going to try to play through [Lee] quite a bit, especially when he’s not on the floor with Isaiah [Thomas]," said Stevens. Boston's frontcourt rotation could get complicated with all the big bodies vying for minutes, but Lee could find himself on the floor more consistently than the others due to his passing ability. Lack of defensive stats limit Lee's upside, but he's not a terrible late-round pick in standard leagues, particularly if your format rewards double-doubles. Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Jackson, Jennings, other Pistons out Tuesday
    Reggie Jackson (achilles), Brandon Jennings (achilles), Adonis Thomas (achilles), Steve Blake (brain injury), Aron Baynes (ankle) and Danny Granger (very old) are all sitting for the Pistons in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: With Jackson, Jennings and Blake out, Spencer Dinwiddie is starting at point guard, while Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson will back him up. Yes, that Stanley Johnson is going to play some point guard tonight. Tuesday, 4:52 pm
  • David Lee scores 13 points in Boston debut
    David Lee had a nice showing during his preseason debut with the Celtics on Tuesday, putting up 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with seven boards, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: Lee started alongside Tyler Zeller, although Zeller didn't do much during his 14 minutes on the court, scoring nine points to go with three rebounds and two assists. Jared Sullinger played well during his 15-minute stint, putting up 14 points (7-of-10 FGs), four rebounds and an assist, while Amir Johnson contributed just six points, five boards, three assists, one steal and a block. There are a lot of bodies competing for minutes in Boston's frontcourt, although Lee has endeared himself to head coach Brad Stevens with his passing ability, so he may be the safest late-round target out of the group. Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • Kevin Martin to come off the bench in MIN
    Kevin Martin will come off the bench in Minnesota under interim head coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: Mitchell named Zach LaVine the team's starting two-guard on Tuesday, so the flip side of that is that Martin will transition to a sixth man role for the Wolves. Health has been a major issue for Martin throughout his career, so perhaps transitioning to a bench role (and thus seeing fewer minutes per game) will help him stay healthy. Despite a decrease in his workload, Martin should be able to see minutes to turn out standard league value, so he'll make for a decent late-round gamble on draft day for those willing to assume the risk. Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Knicks preseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks have made it very clear that they will bring along Afflalo very slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, and there's a good chance he misses more than a few preseason games. That being said, Afflalo should be fine for the regular-season, and he'll likely be New York's No. 2 option on offense. Afflalo's lack of contributions on the defensive end limit his upside, but he's worth a late-round gamble given the opportunity he'll see with the Knicks this season. Tuesday, 11:42 am
  • Fisher undecided on starting Porzingis
    Derek Fisher said that he hasn't yet decided if he will start Kristaps Porzingis at power forward in the Knicks preseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Fisher did say that Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon would start, but he's not tipping his hand as to who will start at shooting guard and power forward on Wednesday. Porzingis will have to earn his spot in the starting lineup, but given that his competition goes by the name of Derrick Williams, Porzingis should be able to win that position battle. He may be brought along slowly, but given his ability to hit 3-pointers and block some shots, he's worth a late-round pick on draft day. Tuesday, 11:38 am
  • Arron Afflalo misses practice on Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out his fourth consecutive practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: While the Knicks are bringing Afflalo along slowly, his status for opening night doesn't seem to be in doubt at this point. The 29-year-old should see big minutes for the Knicks this season, but his fantasy upside is limited due to his lack of defensive stats. Tuesday, 10:47 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. Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • WCS plays well despite conditioning issues
    Willie Cauley-Stein flashed his potential in Monday's exhibition win over the Blazers, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed off his physical tools and despite his solid play, he was definitely winded toward the ends of his shifts. Our guess is that he got the message regarding coming into camp at peak condition and that storyline will die down by the time the season starts. If he can stay on the floor for George Karl, he'll have a chance to put up hustle numbers as a last round flier-type. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Belinelli scores 32 points in preseason win
    Marco Belinelli scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting with four threes, three boards, four assists and three steals in Monday's preseason win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Belinelli was sharp outside of some trouble at the stripe (4-of-8 FTs) and five turnovers, but this wasn't a very sharp game and it comes with the obvious preseason disclaimer. He'll have a floor of about 21-25 mpg and if he gains ground on Ben McLemore (0-for-5 FGs, one point, 18 minutes), then he can only go up from there. He's still not in the standard league discussion. Monday, 9:49 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) iffy for Wednesday
    The Knicks will bring back Arron Afflalo (hamstring) "very slowly," according to associate coach Kurt Rambis.

    Advice: "He’ll have to pass strength tests, agility tests before he gets to practice," Rambis said. Afflalo has missed three days of practice and he's questionable for Wednesday's exhibition, costing him precious time to learn the triangle offense. Afflalo's lack of defensive stats limits his upside as a late-round pick. Monday, 1:44 pm
  • Cauley-Stein admits training-camp faux pas
    Willie Cauley-Stein admitted that he wasn't in great shape at the beginning of training camp, but said he's now "back to normal."

    Advice: "Two weeks from now it’s going to be fun," he said. "I’m going to be hydroplaning up and down the court. I’m not going to feel winded at all." He vowed to never report to camp with poor conditioning again, and his frank acknowledgement of the issue is encouragingly mature for a 22-year-old rookie. The Kings' frontcourt depth is a big hurdle to WCS's fantasy value this season, so owners shouldn't reach for him on draft day. Monday, 1:11 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. Monday, 12:38 pm
  • Taj Gibson will not play in Tuesday's game
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: It's just a precautionary move after Gibson's offseason ankle surgery. Everything has been going well in his rehab and recovery, and Gibson is expected to be ready to go right around the time the regular season begins. Monday, 10:50 am
  • Pau Gasol (rest) will not play on Tuesday
    Pau Gasol (rest) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: It's just an evening of rest for the big man, so we're going to leave him off the injury report. Nikola Mirotic will start alongside Joakim Noah. Monday, 10:47 am
  • Afflalo (hamstring) still out of practice
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) was still being held out of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Although the injury is not considered serious, Afflalo was tentatively expected to resume practicing on Monday. If it continues to linger throughout the week, then we'll begin to raise the level of concern. He's 50-50 to play in New York's preseason game on Wednesday. Monday, 9:43 am
  • 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. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Calderon feels more comfortable w/ Knicks
    Jose Calderon admitted that he feels more comfortable with the Knicks this season.

    Advice: "I feel better," Calderon said. "The atmosphere, the environment, everything is different for whatever reason. I'm really comfortable, maybe knowing what the coaches want, what the system is, the people." Calderon clearly believes the Knicks have improved, and like his team, he'll be looking to put a forgettable season behind him as well. Monday, 8:05 am
  • K. Porzingis has to earn starting PF job
    Derek Fisher said Kristaps Porzingis has to "earn the right" to start at power forward.

    Advice: "I think he's for sure in consideration. But he has to earn the right to be a guy that we can trust and that starts games every single night to start the season," Fisher said. The Knicks are bringing him along slowly, but considering his competition, Porzingis should be inserted into the starting lineup sooner instead of later. Monday, 7:20 am
  • Report: Knicks starting PF spot wide open
    The Knicks starting power forward spot is "wide open," according to the New York Post.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Williams, Kyle O'Quinn and Kevin Seraphin are all trying to make an early impression on Coach Derek Fisher, but this is likely the one roster battle that will take most if not all of the preseason to decide. The Knicks have seemed hesitant to hand Porzingis too much too soon, meaning New York may opt to play it safe with one of the veterans to begin the year. Monday, 6:15 am
  • Report: Knicks starting SG spot wide open
    The Knicks starting shooting guard spot is "wide open," according to the New York Post.

    Advice: The Knicks signed Arron Afflalo in free agency, and it would be downright shocking to see him lose out to Langston Galloway or Sasha Vujacic. Despite the report, we fully expect Afflalo to be in New York's starting lineup when their season opens. Monday, 6:12 am
  • David Lee a fits 'perfectly' for Brad Stevens
    Brad Stevens said David Lee fits "perfectly" into what the Celtics want to do on the court.

    Advice: Last season, Lee was banished to the bench as his Golden State Warriors team took off to win the title. This season, Lee is going to play a sizable role on a Boston team looking for direction. Currently the favorite to begin the season in the starting five alongside Amir Johnson, Lee is worth a flier toward the end of your draft. Bump him up slightly in those leagues that reward double-double's, as well. Monday, 6:05 am
  • Report: Willie Cauley-Stein not in shape
    CSN Insider James Ham told the Koz and Bru Show that Willie Cauley-Stein struggled to run up and down the court during training camp.

    Advice: WCS has had some positive moments during camp but being out of condition is a small red flag. We'll want to see him move past this before getting too optimistic about his upside, as George Karl has a plethora of options to choose from in his frontcourt and won't cut the rookie any slack. Monday, 1:16 am
  • George Karl apologized to DeMarcus Cousins
    Kings coach George Karl apologized for suggesting that DeMarcus Cousins wasn't "untradeable," saying, "That was wrong for me to say, because [the media] took it and blew it up into crazy."

    Advice: "It’s my responsibility to be smart enough to not say things like that," Karl said. "So I did apologize [to Cousins] because I thought that was ... the only thing that got us separated." They have reportedly mended their relationship since that rift and Karl is obviously eager to move past the drama, which is great news for everyone involved. Cousins is poised for a monster season as the centerpiece of the revamped Kings. Sunday, 1:34 pm
  • George Karl praises Rajon Rondo again
    Kings head coach George Karl said that Rajon Rondo has been a strong leader.

    Advice: "He’s been a strong leader," Karl said. "There’s no question he’s a very veteran, no-nonsense, do-it-the-right-way guy. And this team probably needed some of those guys." Rondo was coaching on the sidelines during practice on Friday because he had a sore sacrum, but he returned to the court on Sunday. We've heard several positive reports out of Sacramento regarding Rondo, but it won't be easy for him to hold off Darren Collison for the starting role. Sunday, 9:33 am
  • Fisher undecided if Porzingis will start
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher hasn't decided if Kristaps Porizngis is ready to start.

    Advice: "We have to decide what we want to do at the forward positions,’’ Fisher said. "Having versatility is a good thing. It’s too early in his career to say what he can be. We drafted him No. 4. It’s a consideration. He has to earn the right to be a guy we can trust and start games. We can’t give a stamp of approval yet.’’ The Knicks could also decide to go with Kyle O'Quinn or Carmelo Anthony at the four, but hopefully we will get some clarity at the position soon. The Knicks may limit Porzingis early on, but he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round pick. Sunday, 7:26 am
  • Markieff Morris (hip) held out of scrimmage
    Markieff Morris (hip strain) will not play on Saturday during the team's scrimmage.

    Advice: To the surprise of nobody, he was booed when he was introduced. Morris hurt his hip while running into a screen and won't be out for long. With all the drama, he could be a nice bargain in the early late rounds. Saturday, 6:51 pm
  • Marco Belinelli back at practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Rajon Rondo back at practice
    Rajon Rondo (sacrum) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a sore sacrum on Friday, which is one of the strangest injuries in recent memory. Whatever the case, Rondo will be ready to go as the slight favorite to start in Sacramento, even though Darren Collison checks in as the better player and has been impressing George Karl right off the bat. Saturday, 12:37 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice Sat
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out for the second consecutive day at Saturday's practice, but he is expected to resume practicing on Monday.

    Advice: Afflalo is simply dealing with some soreness, so the veteran should be fine with a little rest. Afflalo is nothing more than a late-round target after a disappointing 2014-15 season with the Nuggets and Blazers, but he should have a prominent role on the Knicks playing next to Carmelo Anthony. Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis practices on Saturday
    Kristaps Porzingis (knee soreness) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Head coach Derek Fisher hinted that the Knicks will be pretty cautious with Porzingis this season as he adjusts to the rigors of the NBA schedule, so prospective owners will need to have some patience. Porzingis has a ton of upside, but his fantasy value would get a nice bump if he can earn the starting power forward role over Kyle O'Quinn. Saturday, 8:53 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
  • Rajon Rondo has a sore sacrum
    Rajon Rondo is dealing with a sore sacrum.

    Advice: That's a new one. The sacrum is basically the bone attaching the back, pelvis and tailbone. It doesn't sound serious and Rondo should be ready for the preseason opener on Monday. Friday, 2:07 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (hamstring) misses practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) sat out of practice on Friday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

    Advice: Head coach George Karl expects him to return to the court on Saturday, so he is probably just a little sore. Belinelli should be a key member of the second unit in Sacramento, and he should see enough minutes to carve out value in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (back) misses Friday's practice
    Rajon Rondo sat out of practice on Friday due to a sore back, but he was seen coaching players on the sidelines.

    Advice: It's likely just a rest day for the veteran, and it doesn't sound like the injury is anything serious. As always, we will update his status once we know more. Rondo is coming off a dreadful 2014-15 season, but we've only heard positive reports out of Sacramento this summer. His ceiling is low in standard leagues and Darren Collison could steal some of his minutes, so he is still not a recommended fantasy target. We will keep him off the injury report for now. Friday, 1:21 pm
  • 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
  • Steve Blake dealing with concussion symptoms
    Steve Blake is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

    Advice: The good news is that the season is still a few weeks away, and this means that younger guards such as Spencer Dinwiddie will get some extra reps at practice. At best, Blake will be a backup point guard this season and has very little fantasy value. Friday, 10:47 am
  • Lee says frontcourt rotation is still unclear
    David Lee said the frontcourt rotation for the Celtics is still unclear.

    Advice: Lee said that he has been playing with a different combination of players each day, so there is still a ton of unanswered questions with the season less than a month away. Additionally, head coach Brad Stevens said not to read too much into his rotations during the preseason. Lee is still the favorite to start next to Amir Johnson and Stevens has hinted that he wants Lee to play a point forward role, so he is a solid gamble in the later rounds. Friday, 9:27 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice
    Arron Afflalo (sore left hamstring) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) were held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Afflalo's injury doesn't sound serious, and the Knicks have no reason to push the veteran in training camp at less than 100 percent. After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Afflalo will look to bounce back and could potentially be the second option on offense behind Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo is still only a late-round target, and we will let you know if the soreness in his hamstring lingers. Friday, 9:01 am
  • Fisher: Knicks will be cautious with Porzingis
    Head coach Derek Fisher hinted that the Knicks will be cautious with Kristaps Porzingis this season as he adapts to the rigors of the NBA schedule.

    Advice: "At 19 years old and 7 feet tall, he's actually still growing. So there are things you have to be conscious of and aware of," Fisher said of Porzingis. "We have individualized programs of development. A big part of his is keeping him healthy, and that means there'll be times we have to make decisions that kind of help him protect himself and we feel like are best for his long-term growth." Porzingis suffered a minor knee injury on Thursday, and he was held out of Friday's practice as a precaution even though he was expected to return. Porzingis has a lot of upside, but this report will make it difficult to select him before the later rounds on draft day. There is a chance that the rookie will participate in the evening session and he isn't experiencing any pain, so expect another update shortly. Friday, 8:34 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins taking 3s in practice
    DeMarcus Cousins has been taking 3-point shots in practice, and beat reporter Jason Jones said that will be a part of his game this season.

    Advice: Cousins has connected on just 11 of his 69 three-point attempts throughout his five-year career, so we'd like to see him do this on a consistent level before getting too excited about it. Still, Cousins was a top-10 asset in standard 9-cat leagues last year on a per-game basis, and there's no reason to think he can't take another step in his development during Year-6. He'll make for a quality first-round selection on draft day. Thursday, 2:54 pm
  • Prozingis (knee) expects to practice Friday
    Kristaps Porzingis (sore left knee) said that he expects to return to practice on Friday after sitting out most of Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Head coach Derek Fisher echoed the same sentiment, so it doesn't sound like this is anything to be concerned about. The 19-year-old could be the Knicks' starting power forward on opening night, so he's worth a look towards the end of drafts. Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Brad Stevens calls David Lee a point forward
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens said David Lee is a point forward due to his ability to make plays.

    Advice: Lee is battling for minutes in the Celtics front court, but it's always nice to hear words of praise from a head coach. Local beat writers have speculated Lee will start alongside Amir Johnson,and he'd be a solid late-round flier if he's able to secure a starting job over Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, and Kelly Olynyk. Thursday, 8:59 am
  • Suns want Markieff Morris to be a playmaker
    The Suns want Markieff Morris to be a playmaker more often this season, particularly in high-low sets with Tyson Chandler or Alex Len.

    Advice: "Both of those guys have great hands and have great timing with lobs," Morris said. "Whenever their man steps up and helps out, I can just throw the ball up." Markieff has put on a happy face during training camp despite essentially demanding a trade this summer, and all signs point to him starting at PF on opening night with Mirza Teletovic as his backup. He's a top-80 fantasy value as long as he keeps his cool in Phoenix. Wednesday, 6:45 pm
  • Markieff Morris is 'happy to be with my team'
    Markieff Morris said on Wednesday he's "happy to be with my team."

    Advice: He's a basketball player, so getting out on the court has to feel good for him. Morris made it clear he's there for his teammates over the front office, but he still likely wants to be dealt. Expect him to be on the Suns to start the year and feel free to draft him in the 75-100 range. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic is still ill
    Mirza Teletovic (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's his third missed practice due to the flu. Teletovic is currently a backup power forward and wouldn't get decent minutes unless things really go south with Markieff Morris. Wednesday, 12:20 pm
  • Steve Blake will embrace any role
    Steve Blake is willing to embrace any role with the Pistons.

    Advice: "My role will change a lot throughout the year," Blake said. "With Brandon [Jennings] being hurt, playing some backup point guard in the beginning. When he comes back, maybe not playing at all." Blake will have to compete for minutes with Spencer Dinwiddie in the early going, but he still won't have much fantasy appeal if he wins the backup PG job as long as Reggie Jackson is healthy. Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Pau Gasol expects to play fewer minutes
    Pau Gasol said that the plan for him is to play fewer minutes this season.

    Advice: Gasol is 35 years old and the Bulls will want to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so this makes a lot of sense. Gasol also revealed that he had sinus surgery over the summer and that he is breathing better. Coach Fred Hoiberg recently said that Gasol would play "a lot" this season, so his minutes probably won't dip too much. He is still a solid early-round pick. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Matt Barnes to see time at power forward?
    Matt Barnes is expected to spend some time at power forward this season.

    Advice: The wing rotation will be extremely crowded with Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all vying for minutes, so this is good news for Barnes. That being said, Barnes' role will be limited while the Grizzlies are at full strength, so there is no need to look his way unless you are in a very deep league. If anything, this is bad news for JaMychal Green and Jarnell Stokes. Wednesday, 7:29 am
  • Kevin Seraphin believes he is a good fit
    Kevin Seraphin said that the Knicks love his ability to score in the post.

    Advice: "They like my ability to score in the post,’’ Seraphin said. "In the triangle, you need that. The way I play though, we need guys that compete every night. I’m not a big club guy, I’m a pretty easy to endure. I’m cool and chill. That’s what we need. If I do everything I ‘m supposed to do, I’m going to get my chance. That was the deal. They told me there’s room for me.’’ Serpaphin will likely be in the rotation, but his minutes could be limited while Robin Lopez, Kyle O'Quinn and Kristaps Porzingis are healthy. Seraphin is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 7:11 am
  • Kings don't know who's starting with Cousins
    The Kings aren't sure who will start up front next to big man DeMarcus Cousins this season.

    Advice: Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos are all possibilities for George Karl, while we currently have Koufos penciled in to start at center. And obviously, if Gay plays power forward, Cousins would be at center in that scenario. Either way, Cousins looks like a Top 6 pick this season, while Cauley-Stein is one of the more intriguing big rookies that will be available later in fantasy drafts. "We have different looks, we have different types of big men," Cousins said. "Willie’s a young athletic big man. We’ve go Kosta who’s a banger and I’m my specific kind of big man. I think we have different looks. I think it’s going to be good in the end." Tuesday, 6:03 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) feeling better at camp
    Taj Gibson (ankle) said that he's feeling much better at this year's training camp after playing through pain for much of the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: "You play with a torn ligament and you just get accustomed to playing hurt," said Gibson. Gibson will again be playing in a very crowded rotation this season, featuring Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic, so it'll be tough for him to find enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:58 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic (flu) misses Suns' practice
    Mirza Teletovic is dealing with the flu and did not participate in the Suns' first practice.

    Advice: Teletovic won't have much fantasy value while Markieff Morris is in town, but if he's traded at some point this season and the Suns don't get a power forward back, Teletovic's fantasy value would see a major boost. For now, he's not worth drafting in most leagues. Tuesday, 12:50 pm
  • Rajon Rondo says Kings have lots of potential
    Rajon Rondo said he thinks the Kings have plenty of potential.

    Advice: Rondo said he knows it will take some time, but thinks the Kings have the potential to develop into a good team. "It's not going to happen overnight, but I believe this team has a lot of potential," said Rondo. The 29-year-old has a lot to prove after a forgettable 2014-15 campaign, but he's best left as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Tuesday, 8:27 am
  • George Karl happy with DeMarcus Cousins
    Kings head coach George Karl said he's happy with DeMarcus Cousins' summer.

    Advice: While Karl and Cousins have reportedly been at odds since Karl joined the Kings, the frost seems to be cooling between the two. "If I had to grade my guys on giving me a summer, Cousins gave me an A+ summer," Karl said. We'll have to wait and see how Cousins and Karl can coexist, but fantasy owners should feel good about targeting DMC towards the end of the first round of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 7:15 am
  • Fred Hoiberg: Pau Gasol will play 'a lot'
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Pau Gasol will play "a lot" this year.

    Advice: He saw his minutes rise all the way to 34.4 per game last year and he will likely be a shade lower this year. Although, the faster pace could help him put up similar production as a 19-12 guy. He's a fine pick at the turn of the second and third rounds. Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Taj Gibson not 100 percent yet
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will still be limited in training camp.

    Advice: He isn't cleared for two-a-day workouts yet. Gibson is likely looking at a smaller role this year while the team gets Nikola Mirotic more involved. Gibson won't have much value while the team is healthy. Monday, 12:26 pm
  • Kevin Martin 'clearly' wants to start
    Kevin Martin "made it pretty clear" he wants to start this year, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.

    Advice: The Wolves are shifting Zach LaVine more to a shooting guard, which could cut into Martin's playing time. Martin is really sliding in drafts, but he could be a nice pick with the Wolves stressing the 3-point shot. He is likely going to lead the team in makes. Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Markieff Morris says he wants to be w/ Suns
    Markieff Morris said he wants to remain with the Suns.

    Advice: Doing a complete 180 from everything he said this offseason, Markieff is blinking after the Suns rightfully called his bluff. He was also unwilling to talk about what transpired this offseason, and he'll need to learn both professionalism and accountability in a big way. We'll monitor his role throughout training camp. Sep 28, 10:08 am
  • Omer Asik expected to be 'full go' at camp
    Omer Asik (back) is expected to be a "full go" at Pelicans training camp.

    Advice: Asik dealt with back issues that prevented him from playing with the Turkish National Team this summer, but it appears he'll be ready to roll once training camp begins for New Orleans. Sep 28, 8:12 am
  • Jose Calderon wants to play in 2016 Olympics
    Jose Calderon wants to play in the 2016 Olympics.

    Advice: It would be Calderon's fourth go-around for Spain, but nothing is set in stone. Regardless, this won't impact his diminishing fantasy value. Sep 28, 8:05 am
  • Divac: Cousins, Karl now on the same page
    Vlade Divac believes George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins are now on the same page.

    Advice: After what we'll call an up-and-down offseason between Karl and Cousins, the two seem to be able to play in the same sandbox together...for now. Divac feels good about the team he's built, but none of it will matter if Cousins and Karl can't operate out of the same playbook for the duration of the season. Sep 28, 7:08 am
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