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  • Lauvergne has another great game
    Joffrey Lauvergne scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover on 6-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: He's absolutely rolling this month, scoring 15.0 points per game in his previous two preseason outings. Jusuf Nurkic hasn't played yet, which has opened some extra run for Lauvergne. He's not much of a shot blocker and did make just 40.4 percent from the field last year, so he's still not a strong target in drafts just yet. 29 minutes ago
  • Nikola Mirotic gets 15 shots, scores 18
    Nikola Mirotic scored a team-high 18 points during a 112-94 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been heavily used in the offense during his two games, posting a usage rate of 30.6. The Bulls have also been running a lot with a pace of 104.6 during Miortic's playing time, which is up from 95.1 last year. Mirotic is a popular target in the middle rounds. 34 minutes ago
  • Doug McDermott scores 15 off bench
    Doug McDermott scored 15 points on Thursday with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He looked good out there and the Bulls gave him a lot of off-ball screens to get him open. Tony Snell didn't have a great game with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, so McBuckets could earn more playing time this month. He's not a target in standard leagues yet. 37 minutes ago
  • Jared Cunningham goes off with 31 points
    Jared Cunningham exploded against the 76ers with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line.

    Advice: He attacked the basket and had a nice jam in traffic. Cunningham is going to have a tough time making the team, but maybe this game will get the attention of the 76ers if he's released. Today, 7:04 pm
  • Anderson Varejao drops 10 points in six mins.
    Anderson Varejao scored 10 points with three rebounds and one assist in just six minutes on Thursday against the 76ers.

    Advice: The team rested him for the second half of the game as scheduled rest. Varejao had a ton of energy off the bench and looked great on offense, especially on the glass while he even scored on a face-up play. He is still going to be limited to start the year and is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Today, 5:40 pm
  • Moe Harkless (concussion) out Thursday
    Moe Harkless (concussion) will not suit up for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This is the first we’re hearing of a concussion for Harkless, but none-the-less, he will need to go through the league mandated concussion-protocol testing before he can return to the court. Harkless completely fell out of the rotation in Orlando, but perhaps a change of scenery and limited competition for playing time in Portland can help him get his career back on track. Today, 3:54 pm
  • Evan Fournier will start at SF on Thursday
    Evan Fournier will start at small forward for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucavic will join Fournier in the starting unit for Thursday's game. Channing Frye started Orlando's first preseason game, but he'll be resting tonight as the Magic are on their second game of a back-to-back set, giving Fournier the opportunity to run with the starters. However, Frye is by no means a lock to open up the regular-season as the starter, so it'll be interesting to see what Fournier can do tonight given the opportunity. Today, 3:00 pm
  • Kobe Bryant praises Julius Randle's play
    Kobe Bryant said that Julius Randle is "Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body" during a recent interview.

    Advice: "It’s not normal to see a guy that size move his feet so well and have such quick hands," Bryant said. "With him being able to push the ball on the floor and finish, it’s pretty phenomenal." Bryant doesn't just openly hand out compliments, so it does say something to see him gushing like this about Randle. Julius had a solid outing during Tuesday's preseason loss, racking up 16 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and a block, and he'll have nothing but opportunity as one of the future faces of the Lakers' franchise. He's worth a late-round selection on draft day. Today, 2:16 pm
  • Webster dealing with significant pain in hip
    Martell Webster is dealing with significant pain in his strained hip, and this is the type of injury that could linger into the regular-season.

    Advice: Not good. Webster really struggled to stay healthy last season, suiting up for just 32 games to go with averages of 3.3 points and not much else through 10.9 minutes of floor time. It will be tough for Webster to consistently get into the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's really no reason to draft him in any league. Today, 1:25 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) out Thursday vs. DET
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: The wrist injury is believed to be minor, so we wouldn't read too much into his absence from an early preseason game. That being said, Robinson will be coming off the bench this season behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a viable option in standard leagues. Today, 12:44 pm
  • Jarrett Jack (rest) will not play on Thursday
    Jarrett Jack (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Joe Johnson (rest), Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Markel Brown (oblique), Sergey Karasev (knee), Willie Reed (quad) and Thomas Robinson (wrist) will join Jack on the sidelines for Thursday's meaningless game, so Lionel Hollins will get a good look at his reserve players in this one. Jack will likely be the starting point guard for the Nets this season, and is worth a late-round flier after averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a starter last season. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play on Thursday
    Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Chicago.

    Advice: Nurkic is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, but reports thus far indicate that he'll be good to go once the regular season begins. He makes for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game as a starter last season. Today, 11:58 am
  • Doug McDermott will come off the bench Thurs
    Fred Hoiberg said he likes Doug McDermott coming off the bench, but acknowledged that at some point, he'll throw McDermott into the starting lineup.

    Advice: "We want to see him build off that first game," Hoiberg said. "I loved the fact he kept shooting after going 0-for-5 in that first half [Tuesday night]. Having a 23-point half should be really good for his confidence." McDermott drained five 3-pointers during Tuesday's exhibition, and he will again come off the bench behind Tony Snell for Thursday's preseason game against Denver. With Mike Dunleavy set to miss at least the first month of the regular-season, the opportunities will be plentiful for McBuckets, and he's certainly someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Today, 11:36 am
  • Marcus Smart to start again for Celtics
    Marcus Smart will again get the start for the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: While it's too early to read too much into Celtics head coach Brad Stevens' starting lineups, this is the second consecutive preseason game in which Smart has drawn the start. Smart will solidify himself a solid late-round target in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to win the starting point guard job over Isaiah Thomas and a solid preseason will go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. Today, 10:54 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
  • 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
  • Evan Fournier scores team-high 18 points
    Evan Fournier returned from a sprained ankle to finish Wednesday's exhibition victory with a team-high 18 points, three 3-pointers, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Fournier made 5-of-11 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs in only 24 minutes of action, and it's safe to conclude that his ankle wasn't bothering him. The bad news is that he's stuck behind Victor Oladipo on the depth chart, consigning him to the standard-league waiver wire as long as 'Dipo is healthy. Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) solid in return
    Anderson Varejao was sharp in his long-awaited return, finishing with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, two boards, two assists and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Varejao hadn't played since tearing his Achilles last December, but he's had ample time to recover and should earn solid minutes backing up Timofey Mozgov at center. He's never provided many defensive stats and the reserve role guarantees that he'll be on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • Webster (strained hip) misses practice
    Martell Webster (strained hip) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Webster also sat out of Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers. Webster is hoping to carve out a role in the rotation and there has been some talk that he could be used as a stretch four, but this injury won't help. Webster can be ignored in almost all leagues for now. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice Wed
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took a hard fall during Monday's preseason game, but he's not concerned about the injury, and he will travel with the team to Detroit for Thursday's preseason game. He's not a great target in standard leagues playing behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez. Yesterday, 10:59 am
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) will play Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) will play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Miami, as expected.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles said that he's excited to see how he can use Fournier in the rotation, so we'll let you know how he fares after Wednesday's game. It's possible he finds himself in a sixth man role with Orlando this season, and if he can see consistent playing time in the mid-20s, he could certainly emerge as an asset in deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Julius Randle drops 16 points on Jazz
    Julius Randle played 26 minutes and hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Randle looked good, just as we suspected he would. He's going to start at power forward and if he can stay healthy, should be a nice, late sleeper pick for fantasy owners. The tools are all there. Yesterday, 12:36 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubles in win
    Joffrey Lauvergne stayed hot in Tuesday's preseason win, racking up 14 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-8 shooting in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had 16 points and 11 boards on 7-of-10 shooting in Friday's preseason game, and looks like a very interesting sleeper center pick in fantasy. Keep a close eye on him in the preseason, as his stock could continue to rise with a couple more nice performances under new coach Michael Malone. Jusuf Nurkic was out again with a knee injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. However, with Lauvergne's solid play, he could challenge Nurkic for the starting gig in Denver. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Doug McDermott overcomes slow start for Bulls
    Doug McDermott got off to a slow start in Tuesday's preseason win, but turned it on in the third quarter, finishing with 23 points, five rebounds, two steals and five 3-pointers on 8-of-19 shooting.

    Advice: He also had five fouls, but with Mike Dunleavy out indefinitely, McDermott could be thrown into the fire early and often for the Bulls, along with Nikola Mirotic. Both players are worth mid-round fliers in fantasy this season, although Mirotic should come off the board a round or two before McDermott, at least. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 with 8 boards
    Nikola Mirotic started at power forward and had 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes in a preseason win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Mirotic looked good and gave us a taste of what he can offer, but he could be slated for a bench role with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah locked into the big-man spots for the Bulls. Gasol was out tonight and Taj Gibson is injured, but it's also possible the Bulls could use Mirotic at small forward if Doug McDermott struggles to fill in for Mike Dunleavy. But McDermott looked good tonight, so we'll have to see what Mirotic's role will be once the Bulls are healthy. He's worth drafting in all leagues, regardless of whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Martell Webster (strained hip) out Tuesday
    Martell Webster (strained hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but given that Webster doesn't have a history of dealing with hip injuries, we wouldn't read too much into his absence from a preseason game against the 76ers. Webster struggled to get into the rotation last year, but perhaps he's granted some additional playing time with Paul Pierce now in Los Angeles. Still, he's not someone to target in standard leagues. Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Marcus Smart hands out six assists in start
    Marcus Smart started for the Celtics on Tuesday, scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-2 from the line), to go with six assists, two steals, one 3-pointer, one rebound and zero turnovers through 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: Smart is currently battling Isaiah Thomas for the starting point guard position in Boston, and he'll need to emerge victorious in that battle to be considered a strong late-round target in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 2:21 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
  • Evan Fournier expected to play Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) is expected to play against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he expects to have Fournier available for Wednesday's preseason game, so it sounds like the 22-year-old is ready to put his ankle injury behind him. While Fournier is a solid target in deeper fantasy leagues, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a draft pick in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's coming off the bench. Tuesday, 9:14 am
  • Moe Harkless impresses in preseasonopener
    Moe Harkless impressed Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts in the team's preseason opener on Monday.

    Advice: Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals as the Blazers lost to the Kings on Monday. "I thought [Harkless] shot the ball with confidence," Stotts said. "He ran the court. He defended well. I was glad to get him on the block a couple times offensively." Harkless is more of a deep league fantasy target at the moment, but he could play his way into becoming a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to earn more minutes. Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • Harkless plays 24 minutes off the bench
    Moe Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 2-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Harkless' name has been brought up enough by the folks in Portland, whether that's media or the team itself, that we'll be watching him no matter how disappointing he's been in the past. He'll need about 30 mpg to move into standard league discussion so right now he's firmly in deep league territory only. Monday, 10:05 pm
  • Robinson double-doubles with 12 and 16
    Thomas Robinson double-doubled in Monday's preseason opener, scoring 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 26 minutes.

    Advice: If Robinson can just focus on rebounding and energy numbers he could carve himself a low-to-mid level role in the Nets' rotation. But nobody should overreact to a game against international competition, and even if Robinson does turn his career around his fantasy stat set isn't that great. Just keep an eye on him from afar for now. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) returns to scrimmages
    Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) scrimmaged without limitations on Monday.

    Advice: He practiced fully on Sunday and should be ready for Wednesday's exhibition. Orlando has too much depth to rely on Fournier in standard leagues, especially since he doesn't contribute many rebounds (2.6), assists (2.1) or steals (0.7) from the SG spot. Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Thomas Robinson starts alongside Brook Lopez
    Thomas Robinson will start at PF for the Nets on Monday, as coach Lionel Hollins wants to see T-Rob play alongside Brook Lopez.

    Advice: Thaddeus Young is the undisputed starter and this is merely a preseason experiment with no long-term repercussions. T-Rob is still 24 years old and he's shown flashes of improved play in recent seasons, even averaging 8.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in only 18.5 minutes for Philadelphia last year. He's on the radar in deep leagues, but that's about it. Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Julius Randle feeling more comfortable now
    Julius Randle said he's feeling more comfortable now than he did in summer league.

    Advice: "I felt a lot more comfortable than I did in Summer League," Randle said. "It felt good because I didn’t feel like I had to force things. All the looks that I got that I missed, they felt good. I felt comfortable being out there. I didn’t feel like I forced anything. The shots just didn’t fall." Randle is a solid late-round flier for those in leagues that reward the double-double, but he'll struggle with efficiency and is unlikely to contribute in a meaningful way on the defensive end. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Julius Randle shoots 2-of-10 in start for LAL
    Julius Randle started for the Lakers during LA's first preseason game and finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting to go with seven boards, one steal, one block and one turnover through 21 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting was ugly, but the takeaway here is that Randle started over Brandon Bass. While the official starters in Los Angeles have yet to be named, it appears that Randle has the edge over Bass, and given the direction the Lakers are headed as an organization it would make more sense for them to develop Randle rather than give significant minutes to a 30-year-old. That being said, Randle will likely struggle with efficiency, and he isn't a shot blocker, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day even if he wins the starting job. Sunday, 8:50 pm
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) is making progress
    Evan Fournier (ankle) is reportedly close to making a return.

    Advice: He was able to get in a full practice on Sunday according to head coach Scott Skiles, and Fournier is optimistic about playing in Wednesday's game because his ankle is responding well. Fournier will have to earn his minutes in a crowded wing rotation, so he is only on the radar in deeper formats. Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Evan Fournier out on Saturday
    Evan Fournier (ankle) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: The injury isn't serious and coach Scott Sklies said Fournier and Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) would play today in an important game. Fournier could see less minutes due to the team likely looking to improve on his 25th-ranked defensive efficiency. Saturday, 2:23 pm
  • Lauvergne double-doubles off the bench
    Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubled off the bench in Friday's preseason opener, scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Lauvergne didn't have a steal or block but in general we're not trying to read too much into tonight's action. The French big man does a little bit of everything and we'll be keeping an eye on him, but a crowded frontcourt presents challenges from a fantasy point of view. Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Anderson Varejao says he feels good
    Anderson Varejao said that his Achilles is feeling good.

    Advice: "I'm feeling pretty good," Varejao said. "I'm just going to have to take baby steps, little by little, to get back into the game, my rhythm and everything. I don't know if I'm doing it as fast as I used to, but I'm basically doing everything right now." Varejao will come off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov this season and the Cavs will limit his minutes in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so he is not a recommended target in standard leagues. Friday, 6:41 am
  • Doug McDermott says he'd like to start at SF
    Doug McDermott acknowledged that he'd like to start at small forward for the Bulls on opening night.

    Advice: "That's obviously the goal," McDermott said when asked if he'd like to be a starter. "I'll do whatever the team wants." With Mike Dunleavy expected to miss the significant time to start the season, McDermott will have every opportunity to land in the starting unit. He'll have some competition from Tony Snell, and there's also the possibility that Jimmy Butler slides over to the three-spot with Kirk Hinrich starting at shooting guard, but if McBuckets does find himself in the starting unit he could at the very least emerge as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Thursday, 2:39 pm
  • Varejao no longer thinking about his Achilles
    Anderson Varejao said that he's no longer thinking about his Achilles when running.

    Advice: Varejao said he got some good advice from Chauncey Billups and Jonas Jerebko on what goes into the recovery process when returning from an Achilles injury, and he's on track to be ready for when the regular-season kicks off. However, the Cavs will more than likely try and keep Varejao's minutes down this season so he's healthy for a deep playoff run, meaning it'll be tough for him to attain any value in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Evan Fournier open to extension with Magic
    Evan Fourner (ankle) said he would welcome an extension with the Orlando Magic.

    Advice: Fournier will become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season if he and the Magic don't agree to an extension before the October 31 deadline, but the 22-year-old is hoping it doesn't come to that. "It would be awesome," Fournier said. "But, to be honest, I don't even think about it because that's not in my power. That's not in my hands." Fournier should be healthy to start the regular season despite his current ankle injury, but he won't see enough minutes to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:50 am
  • No limits on Julius Randle
    Julius Randle will not have a restriction at camp.

    Advice: He was not happy about being limited at Summer League and was very vocal about it. Roy Hibbert said Randle is going to surprise some people and he likes how good Randle is in the open floor. Randle isn't a big shot blocker and isn't very efficient, so he's only a late-round pick. Sep 28, 3:29 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. Sep 28, 12:14 pm
  • Anderson Varejao ready to go
    Anderson Varejao (Achilles) said he will be a "full go from the beginning."

    Advice: He reportedly wasn't expected to be ready for camp, so this is a great sign for him. The Cavs almost certainly will want to keep Varejao's minutes down to keep him healthy, so he's not a terrific fantasy target. Sep 28, 12:02 pm
  • Martell Webster dropped 20 pounds
    Martell Webster said he lost 20 pounds this summer.

    Advice: Webster was already somewhat fit and maybe his lack of playing time added some excess weight. With Paul Pierce in Los Angeles, Webster could get minutes this year. He's still way behind Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Sep 28, 11:31 am
  • Mike Malone impressed with Jusuf Nurkic
    Mike Malone has been impressed with Jusuf Nurkic.

    Advice: "I'm very impressed. In a weird way he reminds me of DeMarcus Cousins," Malone said. This should prompt several GIFs on Twitter of the Cousins-Nurkic matchup from last season in which Juka did not back down from Cousins, and we look forward to more of that again this season. Sep 28, 11:24 am
  • Martell Webster anticipates playing stretch 4
    Martell Webster anticipates playing the stretch-4 position for the Wizards.

    Advice: When asked if he'll factor into the power forward rotation this season, Webster replied, "I know." After talking about retirement last season due to injuries, Webster is rejuvenated and ready to roll after losing 20 lbs. ahead of the 2015-16. Sep 28, 11:01 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
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