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  • Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Harrison Barnes not playing well still
    Harrison Barnes didn't look great in 24 minutes against the Nuggets with four points, two rebounds and three fouls on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't done anything noteworthy this month and he's likely just going to be a place holder as the starting small forward. Fantasy owners should go with Draymond Green in the later rounds and can leave Barnes on the wire in even 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Draymond shows his upside again
    Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes
    Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes against the Warriors on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds and one foul.

    Advice: The minutes aren't there yet, but everything else looks great. He's getting to the line, taking triples and posting a high usage rate. As long as you're OK with him starting off slow, Gallinari is a decent target in the last few rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic looks good again
    Jusuf Nurkic had another good game on Friday with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: His rebounding rate is off the charts and he kept his fouls down tonight. Nurkic probably won't be in the rotation to start the year, but the upside is there. Keep an eye on him in keeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Chris Kaman gets the start next to Ro-Lo
    Chris Kaman just missed a double-double in Friday's 99-89 win over the Clippers with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: It's a good sign for his value to see coach Terry Stotts is willing to start him next to Robin Lopez. Kaman has been injury prone and has hasn't played big minutes in a while, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) should be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Damian Lillard has a nice game
    Damian Lillard scored 21 points with two rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He hasn't been a second-round guy on a per-game basis in fantasy leagues, but the fact that he hasn't missed a game in two seasons is quite a selling point. He's a No. 1 fantasy point guard in standard leagues and his increased effectiveness at the rim shows there's even some room for improvement. Lillard is a fairly safe target in the middle of the second round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Meyers Leonard takes seven treys
    Meyers Leonard attempted seven triples and made two of them on his way to 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, this is the same Meyers Leonard who went 0-of-6 from beyond the arc last season, so that's cool. He also hit three triples on Wednesday and is hotter from beyond than arc than most sharpshooters. Hopefully you don't need us to tell you he's not going to be a savior for 3-pointers in your fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • DeAndre plays 24 minutes
    DeAndre Jordan scored just two points with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had a quiet preseason and it is a minor concern to see Spencer Hawes have a decent month. Although, Jordan looked good in spots on defense, so he's not going to take a major hit. We wouldn't expect him to be in the top 10 for minutes again this season, but he'll still be an awesome asset except for free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Blake Griffin puts up 21 points in 25 minutes
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: On the down side, he shot just 1-of-3 from the line, which has been a problem in his last four. Griffin did have an positive stretch after the break at the line, so maybe that was a fluke, or maybe not. Still, he's probably going to be the top scorer at power forward and add other stats, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes
    Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Julius Randle just misses double-double
    Julius Randle continued to get better on Friday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He was awful earlier this month, but he's coming around. Randle looked like a superstar at summer league and there is going to be an adjustment period. He could be a nice asset in a couple months, but he's not a great target unless you have sage-like patience. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Who's the Boss? Ed Davis w/ big double-double
    Ed Davis was outstanding in the preseason finale with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings.

    Advice: He's had a couple bright spots and is going to be in the rotation to start the season. Davis probably won't be a big enough part of the offense on opening night, but any injury to a fellow Laker big man would make him an interesting option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Carl Landry has a decent game in 23 mins.
    Carl Landry scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't been very productive this month and the Kings have a mess at power forward. Reggie Evans miss all six shots from the field with 16 rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Jason Thompson played 18 minutes in his start with two points and three rebounds, and two turnovers. Basically, this situation for most fantasy owners can be summed up in one word: Nope. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale
    DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Dante Exum benched after struggling vs. Suns
    Dante Exum scored two points with one block and zero rebounds, assists or steals in 10 minutes off Utah's bench on Friday.

    Advice: Head coach Quin Snyder said he benched Exum because he was struggling with the physicality of the Suns' guards. That will be a theme for the rookie during the 2014-15 season, and it's one more reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs
    Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Rudy Gay leaves w/ jaw injury, X-rays coming
    Rudy Gay will not return to Friday's game after being elbowed in the jaw by Lakers rookie Julius Randle.

    Advice: Gay had a similar scare during the World Cup but avoided any fractures. He will have X-rays once he's back in Sacramento and we can only hope that they come back negative, as the Kings open their regular season at home vs. the Warriors this Wednesday. If Gay is forced to miss any time, Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams are the most likely candidates to absorb his playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem rested Friday
    Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will be rested for Miami's preseason finale on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat frontcourt is thin enough that they have extra incentive to rest their veterans in a meaningless exhibition. The Birdman and UD will both be active and ready to go off the bench for Miami's season opener on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:35 pm
  • Luol Deng (lower back tightness) out Friday
    Luol Deng will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: He's had a number of back injuries, but it doesn't sound serious. Deng is expected to be in the lineup next week and will look to get it going after a quiet preseason. He's an option in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Trevor Booker starting in place of Favors
    Trevor Booker will start at power forward next to Enes Kanter.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) is out for tonight and he should be available for the opener. Coach Quin Snyder starting Kanter at center does suggest he has some confidence at him at the five. Of course, this is preseason we're talking about here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad out on Friday night
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He did have some Achilles soreness earlier this month and is just getting some rest. Muhammad was terrific on Wednesday, but he's still not even close to being on the radar in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Marcus Smart (stomach bug) doesn't practice
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

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

    Advice: Karasev will serve as emergency depth for the Nets as the teams' fourth-string small forward, but he's useless from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Danny Granger (flu) out Friday vs. Memphis
    Danny Granger (flu-like symptoms) did not travel with the team to Memphis, and will not play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Granger has been extremely injury prone for the past few years, and while we wouldn't expect this recent illness to withhold him from suiting up opening night, his lack of contributions to the stat sheet make him an unappealing fantasy asset. Owners can do better than Granger with their late-round selections. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Julius Randle wants to be the next Kobe
    Julius Randle told reporters that he wants to be the next Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: After a slow start to the preseason, the rookie has turned things around and is thinking big. "People used to tell me I’m going to be the next Shaq," said Randle. "I said, ‘I don’t want to be the next Shaq. I want to be the next Kobe.’ I always dribbled the ball everywhere I went." Randle's fantasy value is limited as he'll play behind Carlos Boozer to start the season, but he's a player to keep an eye on if he's able to able to leapfrog the veteran on the Lakers' depth chart. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Blake Griffin accused of club altercation
    Blake Griffin has been accused by a man of attacking a man during an argument over a photo in a Las Vegas nightclub last weekend.

    Advice: Griffin has not been charged after a 39-year-old man filed a battery complaint with Las Vegas police saying that the Clippers' star slapped him after an argument surrounding a photo. We'll have to await more news on this situation, but it doesn't sound like anything that should preclude fantasy owners from taking Griffin in the late-first or early-second round of their fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:45 am
  • Mark Jackson thinks Klay Thompson worth max
    Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said that he thinks Klay Thompson is worth a max contract.

    Advice: As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:48 am
  • Blake Griffin returns for 35 points
    Blake Griffin came off a day of rest and racked up 35 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 14-of-26 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin looked great tonight, but didn't block a shot (as usual), and struggled from the line at 7-of-13. His free throw shooting really took a positive jump last season, and while this line doesn't put us in panic mode, it does give us pause. Griffin is going to be a solid late-first, or early-second round pick in all formats. Owners just have to hope tonight's free throw shooting isn't indicative of what's to come. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:46 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well...off bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Julius Randle racks up 17 & 8 vs. Blazers
    Julius Randle had 17 points, eight rebounds, one steal and no blocks in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: The Blazers sat most of their starters and Randle looked good against their bench players. He'll come off the bench for the Lakers, but tonight was a good sign for his fantasy value. Consider him late in your draft, but chances are you can find more of a sure thing to draft. He'll be playing behind Carlos Boozer (who didn't look great tonight) until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 vs. Lakers
    Chris Kaman played through a head injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He started for the Blazers, who rested all their regulars except for Damian Lillard, who played just 17 minutes. Kaman played fairly well against his former team and is having a good preseason, but will likely need an injury from LaMarcus Aldridge or Robin Lopez to make a difference in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad drops three dimes, 19 points
    Shabazz Muhammad had his best game as a pro on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 110-91 win, scoring 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He had just six assists in his 290 minutes last season and only 27 dimes in his 987 minutes at UCLA, so the dimes are the biggest surprise of all. Muhammad is going to be buried on the bench and will have a tough time getting minutes, so he can be ignored while the Wolves are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Uh oh Antetokounmpo: Giannis shoots 0-of-7
    Giannis Antetokoumpo missed all seven shots from the field in an otherwise stat-stuffing Wednesday game, adding one point at the line, five rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford resting
    DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford got the night off on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sat out on Tuesday, so this is just a day off for two of the Clippers better players. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) returns Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) returned to action on Tuesday with six points, one rebound and one steal in 18 minutes off the Wolves' bench.

    Advice: Muhammad reported to training camp in great shape this year, after losing weight at the Wolves' request, but there's too much competition for minutes to expect him to hold fantasy value. In addition to veterans Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger, Shabazz is battling young guys like Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • DeAndre Jordan picking up where he left off
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort on Tuesday, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: He's picking up right where he left off last season, shooting 76 percent over the past five games while racking up copious rebounds, steals and blocks. His FT shooting is worse than ever (37 percent in the preseason), so roto owners must be wary of his ability to tank a category single-handedly. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Ed Davis impressive off bench vs. Phoenix
    Lakers PF Ed Davis came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 23 spirited minutes vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis has quickly emerged as coach Byron Scott's preferred backup big man, reducing Robert Sacre to an afterthought. He's worth a flier pick in deep leagues, as he has the potential to average 5+ rebounds and 1+ blocks with low-volume, high-percentage points. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:00 pm
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Damian Lillard gets eight boards, 18 points
    Damian Lillard finished Tuesday's win vs. Denver with 18 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: Lillard only grabbed eight rebounds in two regular-season games last year, and it would be a welcome surprise if he built on last year's average of 3.5 per game. You'll need to spend a second round pick to own Thrillard this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (knee) on 15-minute limit
    Danilo Gallinari (knee surgery) was one of four Nuggets players on a strict minute-limit vs. Portland on Tuesday, finishing with four points, two rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes.

    Advice: There will be some rough patches for Gallo early in the season, as he looks to regain his pre-surgery form, so his fantasy owners will have to stay patient. He's had a few preseason scoring outbursts, and his 3-point shooting is unaffected, but he's yet to play more than 15 minutes in a game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Luol Deng struggles against Rockets
    Luol Deng hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: Deng's move to Miami isn't going all that smoothly thus far. He has an 18- and 19-point game, but has scored a total of just 18 points in his other four games this preseason. He'll eventually get it figured out and become a big contributor for the Heat, but it's been a slow roll up to this point. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 get the night off
    Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both be rested on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. It's simply a preseason day off. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:10 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Jeremy Lin not starting on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

    Advice: Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankles) ready to go vs. Phoenix
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: "Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) game-time on Tuesday
    Trevor Booker (sprained ankle) went through Tuesday's shootaround but he remains a game-time decision vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Booker has been the first player off Utah's bench this preseason, logging 15-20 minutes per game. He should feature prominently in coach Quin Snyder's rotation, but he's only worth considering in deep fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad expected to play Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (achilles) is expected to play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Muhammad has only played one game during the preseason, so it will be good to see him back on the court for the first time since October 7. While Muhammad should see minutes at both forward spots this year, his paltry stats don't warrant fantasy consideration outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Cousins triple-doubles with turnovers vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Gay (ankle) having shot selection issues
    Rudy Gay (ankle) got back on the floor in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (10-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This wasn't a bad line but it was worth noting that Gay was taking bad shots that have characterized 'Bad Rudy' in past years. Isaiah Thomas kept him from doing that, but he's no longer there and prospective owners should keep in mind that his field goal percentage could slip this year. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:17 pm
  • Landry (knee) returns to action on Monday
    Carl Landry (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with seven rebounds and no steals or blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: This is a Landry line if we've seen one. He'll need to have a bunch more before we recommend to owners that they deal with his fantasy deficient stat-set in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:14 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:04 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:31 am
  • Dante Exum quiet in start at PG w/ Burke out
    Dante Exum started at PG on Sunday and finished with five points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He made 2-of-7 field goals (0-of-4 from deep) and only started because Trey Burke was given the night off. As a 19-year-old with minimal professional experience and a backup role, fantasy owners are right to be skeptical of his value as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:31 pm
  • Julius Randle thrives in second-half surge
    Lakers rookie PF Julius Randle finished Sunday's game with a strong second half, on his way to eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in just 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: "[Randle] has a world of talent," coach Byron Scott said after the game. "It’s about [doing it consistently]." Consistency may be hard to come by for Randle, a rookie on a lottery-bound team who has barely played with the team's starting PGs. Although he's a sketchy draft-day value in most fantasy leagues, he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:26 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:14 pm
  • Jeremy Lin sits out again w/ sprained ankle
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

    Advice: Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:59 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) out again Sunday
    Shabazz Muhammad's sore Achilles tendon will sideline him again on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been out for over a week but recently shed his protective boot, so he's likely to play in at least one preseason game. The Wolves picked up his $2.1 million option for next season and he should play backup minutes at both SF and PF this year, but there's too much depth in Minnesota to rely on him as a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad has team option exercised
    Shabazz Muhammad had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: He has shown some immaturity early on in his NBA career, but still has plenty of time to turn it around. Muhammad lost some weight this offseaason, but an achilles injury is currently hampering his fight for minutes at the SF position. He is not on the fantasy radar except for in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic may be the backup center
    Jusuf Nurkic may be the Nugget's backup center if Javale McGee is not ready for opening night.

    Advice: Nurkic has been an absolute beast on the boards in preseason, and looks like a steal for the Nuggets as he has averaged 9.4 rebounds per game. If McGee doesn't return soon, Nurkic may run away with the backup center spot and would be worth an extended look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:58 am
  • Klay Thompson (rest) out Sunday vs. Houston
    Klay Thompson (rest) will not play in Sunday's exhibition game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Klay has been lights out this preseason, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, and a ridiculous 58.6 percent from 3-point range through five preseason games. He's a primary piece of Golden State's offense, and they weren't willing to include him in any deal, even if it would have netted them Kevin Love. Thompson is set to have another great year, and could see his assist total rise a bit in the Warriors new ball-movement oriented offense. Target him in the early rounds and don't look back. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:46 am
  • Jeremy Lin's end in HOU not how he envisioned
    Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

    Advice: "When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:28 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 points vs. Nuggets
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-13 from the line, which has been a bit of a problem in the preseason. Griffin was 3-of-9 on Friday, so hopefully he's just in a funk. His 74 percent from the line after the break might have been a bit of a fluke. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic grabs nine board on Sat.
    Jusuf Nurkic grabbed nine rebounds against the Clippers, adding four points, two assists, two blocks and two steals in 18 minutes.

    Advice: His rebounding rate has been superb in his young career, but he sure is rough around the edges. Nurkic looks like a steal at 16, but it'll likely take a couple seasons before he's on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:20 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:13 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left ankle) out on Saturday night
    Rudy Gay (left ankle) will not play on Saturday night.

    Advice: There is no word the severity of the injury, but we'd guess it's minor right now. Gay is going to handle the ball a little more with Isaiah Thomas in Phoenix, which could be a bad thing. He's an early-middle round guy and we'll keep you posted on the details of his injury. Omri Casspi is starting tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:52 pm
  • Chris Andersen (rest) is out for Saturday
    Chris Andersen (rest) is out for Saturday's exhibition.

    Advice: He is getting some much needed rest as he is not getting any younger. The 36-year-old Birdman isn't expected to see over 20 minutes per game this year so he is not worth targeting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:14 pm
  • Luol Deng getting some rest vs. Spurs
    Luol Deng is resting against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: The Heat are giving the Spurs a heavy dose of DNP-CDs tonight, which is interesting after the David Stern "substantial sanctions" game from a couple seasons ago. Anyway, Deng tends to slide in drafts, so feel free to grab him after you get your high-upside targets in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:14 pm
  • Trevor Boozer is doubtful for Sunday
    Trevor Booker (ankle) is doubtful to play on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle sprain on Friday and is likely going to miss a couple games. Booker looks like a nice fit for the Jazz and he could provide some nice rebounding in the second unit. He's only an option in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) unlikely for Sunday's game
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's exhibition against the Jazz.

    Advice: He was spotted getting up some jumpers at Saturday's practice which is a good indication that he is making progress from his recently sprained ankle. We expect him to be ready for the season opener and the Lakers are just being cautious at the moment. Lin projects as a solid late-round selection as he should see plenty of minutes in LA's backcourt this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:38 pm
  • Thompson scores 29 points in loss to Heat
    Klay Thompson scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting (including four threes) with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in Friday's preseason loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Thompson is going to hang a bunch of these on the opposition this year. David Lee added 24 points with six rebounds and Stephen Curry had a slow night with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting and an otherwise full stat line. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:02 pm
  • Lillard returns to action after foot issue
    Damian Lillard (foot) returned to action in the Blazers' 121-74 exhibition win over Maccabi Haifa, scoring 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting with two threes, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: No starter logged more than 24 minutes and there wasn't much to glean for one of the most predictable fantasy squads in the league. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:51 pm
  • Leonard (neck) gets back on the floor
    Meyers Leonard (neck) returned to action on Friday, playing nine minutes off the bench with six points, five rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: Leonard is a man without a role for the Blazers these days. With Chris Kaman set to get backup center minutes he's trying to morph into a stretch four but that's going to be a heavy lift. Fantasy owners can safely ignore him until he shows us something. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 pm
  • Booker leaves game with sprained right ankle
    Trevor Booker left Friday's preseason game against the Clippers due to a sprained right ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Booker had just gotten into it with Blake Griffin (who hasn't) before calling it a night. As usual, he has shown plenty of explosion and potential in reality basketball, but injury concerns and lack of fantasy production temper any expectations here. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Iggy wants to help Draymond Green get paid
    Andre Iguodala wants to help Draymond Green get paid by making an effort to give him some extra looks while they're on the floor together.

    Advice: "Draymond Green’s in a contract year," said Iguodala. "So I’m going to be looking to give him a couple extra [passes]. He’s going to fill up the basket a little bit more with me on the court with him as well." Draymond's ability to contribute to every category on the stat sheet is fantasy gold, and he was fantastic during the playoffs last year, averaging 11.9 points, 1.1 three-pointers, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game. Green offers a lot of upside as a late-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:20 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers could certainly use him back, as they've been running with Ronnie Price as their starting point guard with both Lin and Steve Nash (back) on the sidelines. While Lin may not enter the season as the team's starting point guard, he still makes for an intriguing late-round selection with some upside, as there's basically no way Nash makes it through a full season. Lin should be able to offer some assists, steals, and 3-pointers to a fantasy squad, while hitting free throws at an efficient rate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Meyers Leonard will play on Friday night
    Meyers Leonard (neck) will play against Maccabi Haifa on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered a neck injury last week and returned to practice on Wednesday. With Chris Kaman helping off the bench, Leonard is going to have a tough time getting minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:50 am
  • Damian Lillard is good to go on Friday
    Damian Lillard (foot) will play against Maccabi Haifa in Friday.

    Advice: He just had a strain in his foot and has been practicing since Monday. Lillard hasn't missed a game in his NBA career and the third-year point guard did show some signs of improvement around the basket as 2013-14 went along. He's a mid- PG1 in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:48 am
  • Dante Exum has his best line as a pro
    Dante Exum had his best game as a pro on Thursday against the Lakers, making 3-of-6 from the field for 13 points, one rebound, six assists, no turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made all six attempts from the line and was a huge plus off the bench. The Lakers have been lost on defense, so this terrific game does come with a grain of salt. He's going to start the season slow, but maybe he'll be on the radar in a couple months. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:39 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Julius Randle dealing with blisters
    Julius Randle was dealing with blisters on his heels in Thursday's game against the Jazz, finishing with four points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said Randle could have gone back in and mentioned the rookie has to play "harder for longer." Randle was impressive in summer league, but the transition to the NBA game isn't happening right away. He's not really a target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic is careless on Thursday
    Jusuf Nurkic turned the ball over six times and committed five fouls in 21 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday, scoring five points with eight boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He's been filling up the stat sheet, but the turnovers and fouls have been out of control. Nurkic is showing some nice potential, but the Nuggets are going to see him play with a little more control before he gets significant minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:36 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 18 points in 17 minutes
    Klay Thompson continued his magnificent preseason on Thursday with 18 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's ridiculous right now. Thompson is 13-of-20 from beyond the arc and has an unbelievably efficient 69.8 effective field goal percentage on the preseason. He's looking to cash in during his contract season and will have no problem putting up top-50 value this season. It's just a bonus that he hasn't missed a game due to injury in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:27 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad out of boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) was out of his walking boot on Thursday.

    Advice: He's also at 215 pounds, which is down from 242 from last year. Muhammad will likely sit out Friday's preseason action, but could play on Sunday and will get minutes at both forward spots. He doesn't really fill a stat sheet and is not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Marcus Smart plays well off bench
    Marcus Smart came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit 3-of-8 shots and played 30 minutes, and should have some nice value early in the season while Rajon Rondo sits with a broken hand. We expect Smart to start at PG while Rondo is out for the first few weeks of the season. He took over tonight's game late in the fourth quarter, prompting coach Brad Stevens to say "His M.O. has been competitive will." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Meyers Leonard back at practice
    Meyers Leonard (neck) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was able to take on contact in his first action of the week. Leonard hasn't quite lived up to being a first-round pick and will need a few things to happen to get regular playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:02 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) still in a boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is still in a walking boot.

    Advice: He is expected to return to practice on Thursday and could play in a game on Sunday. Muhammad dropped some weight in the offseason, which is encouraging because he was in the news for the wrong reasons during his first summer as a rookie. He's only an option in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Chris Andersen unlikely to top 20 minutes per
    Erik Spoelstra doesn't expect 36-year-old Chris Andersen to play many minutes in a reserve role this season, but he feels the Birdman is "in very good shape."

    Advice: "Is he able to play his 25 minutes? No. But I'm able to play him certainly probably more than I could last year at this time," Spoelstra said. The Birdman apparently lost some weight this summer, but he averaged under 20 minutes per game last year and his fantasy outlook is as bleak as ever. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:49 am
  • Rudy Gay stuffs the stat sheet in OT defeat
    Rudy Gay filled up the stat sheet vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday with 21 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 9.0 points on 30.0 percent shooting in two preseason games before this gem, which is a timely reminder of his fantasy upside. He's entering a contract year and should have no trouble matching last year's numbers with the Kings -- 20.1 points, 0.8 threes, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Carl Landry (knee) barely plays vs. Brooklyn
    Carl Landry started Wednesday's exhibition in Beijing but only played five minutes in the Kings' overtime loss to the Nets.

    Advice: Landry isn't big enough to defend Brook Lopez in the paint and he's not mobile enough to chase Mirza Teletovic off the 3-point line, so this was a dreadful matchup for him. That will be the case on plenty of nights this season, and his likely backup role is one of many reasons to avoid him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Danny Granger starts at power forward
    Danny Granger started at power forward for the Heat on Tuesday and had 11 points, two rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting in 19 minutes.

    Advice: If Granger can stay healthy and handle minutes, he's going to see run at SG, SF and PF this season. He might be worth a late flier in fantasy, but whether he can handle a full season of minutes is a pretty dicey proposition. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Luol Deng quiet in Heat loss to Hawks
    Luol Deng struggled on Tuesday, hitting just 1-of-6 shots for two points, one rebound, one assist and a steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Deng had been playing pretty well and it's going to take more than a bad night like this to scare us off. He's going to start as long as he's healthy and should rack up plenty of juicy stats. He may be pushed by the unknown James Ennis, but the small forward job is still squarely in Deng's hands. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:18 pm
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