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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jon Leuer scores 21 points w/ full stat line
    Grizzlies PF/C Jon Leuer scored 21 points in just 25 minutes during Friday's exhibition loss, making 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with a full line vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Leuer added seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and only turnover, picked up extra playing time because the Grizzlies' starters were given limited minutes as a precaution. Leuer proved valuable with Marc Gasol out in December last year, but he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues while the Grizzlies' frontcourt is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (heart) looks good in debut
    Justin Hamilton (heart) made his preseason debut on Friday, coming off the bench for seven points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It was an impressive performance from Hamilton, and somewhat surprising that he saw such a heavy workload in his first action of the preseason. Both Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem were being rested, which bumped him up in the rotation, and fantasy owners can ignore Hamilton even if he makes the final roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Pau Gasol has seven TOs in preseason finale
    Pau Gasol had six points, eight rebounds, one assist and four blocks in Friday's loss to the Wolves, but he also had seven turnovers in 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: This sub-par game isn't a concern, and Gasol's basketball IQ is too high to worry about how he'll adjust to his new team. It's worth noting that he rode the bench during the final few minutes of a close game tonight, ceding the frontcourt to Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, which could be a sign of things to come. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Joakim Noah flirts w/ triple-double on Friday
    Joakim Noah logged a preseason-high 32 minutes on Friday, converting them into six points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in a loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: Offseason knee surgery and the arrival of Pau Gasol have clouded Noah's fantasy outlook somewhat, but this near triple-double is a reminder that he's still a top-50 fantasy value. His knees haven't been an issue during the preseason and coach Tom Thibodeau is never shy about giving his key players heavy minutes, making Noah a reasonable gamble as a No. 1 center. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng struggles w/ early foul trouble
    Gorgui Dieng racked up three quick fouls on Friday and never got on track, posting two points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in a one-point win over the Bulls.

    Advice: Dieng has been impressive this preseason and he's averaging 9.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 1.4 blocks in the Wolves' past five games, in just 26 minutes per contest. He'll be a low-end option while stuck in a backup role, but an injury to Thaddeus Young or Nikola Pekovic would thrust him into must-own territory. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas pulled for poor rebounding
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey was displeased with Jonas Valanciunas' rebounding in the first quarter of Friday's game, but JV finished the exhibition victory with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Samuel Dalembert grabbed three easy offensive boards and JV got a quick hook, which was a familiar sight to anyone who watched the Raptors last year. Casey isn't afraid to bench Valanciunas for poor play, but Toronto needs their big man on the court to take another step as a playoff threat. It's a given that JV will average more than the 28.2 minutes he averaged last season, and he's a solid bet for top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Jason Smith scoreless in 17 minutes on Friday
    Knicks PF/C Jason Smith went scoreless in 17 minutes of action on Friday, grabbing three rebounds with one turnover and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Backup center Cole Aldrich (three points, three rebounds in 12 minutes) wasn't too much better in 12 minutes off the bench, and neither guy has staked a convincing claim for a major role this season. Smith is the guy to target if you're rooting around for low-end value, and he at least has some upside due to solid per-minute scoring, rebounding and blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 16 points, hits four 3s
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points with four 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists in just 23 minutes on Friday, helping Dallas conclude their preseason with a road victory.

    Advice: Dirk enters the regular season healthy, which is the crux of his fantasy outlook. He may not match last year's first-round value now that Chandler Parsons is taking on some of the offensive load, but the 36-year-old Nowitzki only needs 32 minutes a game to post top-25 value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:45 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
  • NO picks up option on Anthony Davis
    The Pelicans exercised their fourth-year option on Anthony Davis.

    Advice: This might have been one of the easiest decisions to make in the history of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement. Davis is an option as the top pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Jason Smith the starting power forward?
    Coach Derek Fisher hinted Jason Smith will start at power forward on opening night.

    Advice: He'd likely join Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert. These guys haven't had any minutes together in the preseason and Quincy Acy could still get the nod. That said, there's no reason to add either guy in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Pistons exercise option on Andre Drummond
    The Pistons exercised their fourth-year option on Andre Drummond.

    Advice: This was a no brainer and they'll probably have to max out Drummond when his contract is up after the fourth year. If you can punt free throw percentage properly, Drummond is seriously worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Larry Sanders has non-contact practice Friday
    Larry Sanders went through a non-contact practice on Friday.

    Advice: He said he "thinks" he'll be ready for the opener, which doesn't sound too encouraging. Sanders had an undisclosed minor surgery last week and the Bucks continue to keep secrets from the basketball world. He's worth a look late for his upside in blocks as long as you're not passing on better late-round prospects. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) out on Friday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He did downplay the injury at shootaround and expects to be ready for opening night. "I don't think it's that serious," Aldridge said." Just trying to be cautious right now. It's a little tender, just being safe." He had a groin injury last season and had two surgeries on his hip earlier in his career. This is also the third preseason in a row LMA entered the season with some injury concerns. He is a risky second-round target, but his owners should expect him to be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (heart) will be available Fri
    Justin Hamilton (heart) is set to make his preseason debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Hamilton played in just eight games last season, and he's not going to have a large enough role with the Heat this season to warrant consideration in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Knicks waive D.J. Mbenga and Orlando Sanchez
    The Knicks waived D.J. Mbenga and Orlando Sanchez on Friday.

    Advice: Neither player was expected to make the regular-season roster, and this news has no fantasy implications. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:34 am
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  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Anderson Varejao will be the starting center
    Cavs' head coach David Blatt stated that Anderson Varejao will be the teams starting center on opening night.

    Advice: This has been speculated for some time now, but Blatt officially confirmed it on Friday. This means that Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and Varejao makes for a solid late-round selection for his ability to gobble up the boards. Health will be an issue for Varejao, and if he goes down at any point this season, owners will want to immediately pick up Thompson. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Dwight Howard (laceration) out vs. Spurs
    Dwight Howard has a laceration in his forearm that required stitches, and he will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The cut happened from something he did at home, but he is reportedly fine, and we'd expect him to be ready for opening night. Howard attempted the fourth-most free throws in the league last year, and only made 54.7 percent of them, so if you draft him know that the free throw category is a lost cause. However, he also put up averages of 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, so he is an attractive asset for owners punting free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 am
  • Jason Smith looks like starting PF for Knicks
    Jason Smith will draw another start at power forward for the Knicks on Friday, and head coach Derek Fisher indicated that he will remain there for opening night.

    Advice: Smith appears to have beat out Quincy Acy (wrist), Andre Bargnani (hamstring), and Amare Stoudemire for the starting power forward job. Fisher would like to use Amare in a sixth man role, and with Acy and Bargnani not fully healthy, Smith will get the nod with the starting unit. However, with career averages of 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks, Smith doesn't look like someone worth targeting in standard leagues, regardless of his role with the team. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Andre Bargnani (hamstring) out Friday vs. TOR
    Andre Bargnani (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Bargnani has been rather tight-lipped with providing updates on his injury, and given his extensive history with being sidelined, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • Anthony Davis returns from wrist injury
    Anthony Davis returned from his wrist injury and played 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: He dodged a bullet from his sprained wrist on Monday, but he's good to go. In his last four, Davis averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 24.8 minutes per game. Yes, he can fill a stat sheet and is worth taking at the top spot of your fantasy draft, assuming you're OK with taking a risk. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:16 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki likely out vs Pelicans Thursday
    Dirk Nowitzki will likely sit out the Mavericks preseason game against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Dirk also acknowledged that the true dress rehearsal for the regular season will be the team's preseason game against the Magic on Friday. "This is my 17th year and usually the last game is the one you play almost regular minutes," he said. Dirk will be reliable fantasy option this upcoming season, but expectations should be tampered as the Mavs are hoping to implement a 'spread the wealth' approach. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:17 pm
  • Anderson Varejao to win starting center job
    Anderson Varejao is expected to win the starting center job for the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There was speculation that the team could use Tristan Thompson at center and bring Varejao off the bench, but his solid play this preseason may have all but sealed the starting spot. He continues to receive glowing endorsements from teammate Lebron James, "He’ll fight for every loose ball," James said."If any altercation happens, Andy will be right there. We just need him to stay healthy." Health once again will be key if Varejao is to stay fantasy relevant this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:28 pm
  • 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
  • Andrea Bargnani won't reveal results of MRI
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) divulged that he underwent an MRI, but would not reveal the results to reporters.

    Advice: Bargnani admitted to reporters that he's frustrated by the injury and that he doesn't know when he'll return. This news puts the big man's availability for the regular season opener highly in doubt as it sounds like his right hamstring isn't healing as quickly as he would have hoped. With the regular season on the horizon, the former No. 1 overall pick could be in danger of losing his spot in the Knicks' rotation and isn't worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:32 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
  • 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
  • Gorgui Dieng continuing to back up Pek
    Gorgui Dieng scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's worth noting that he didn't play next to Nikola Pekovic tonight and he's probably not going to in the regular season unless the Wolves are in foul trouble. As tonight's stat line suggests, Dieng is worth a look late in drafts and would be a beast should Pek need to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Anderson Varejao falls back to earth Weds.
    Anderson Varejao, who had 22 points and eight rebounds on Monday, hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James wasn't on hand to spread out the floor tonight, and it showed. Varejao is going to have some big games this season, but he's a huge injury risk. He's already dealing with some knee injuries and if he goes down, Tristan Thompson will likely take over in the middle. Varejao's worth owning, as usual, but owners have to prepare themselves for him to be shut down at some point due to injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 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
  • Jonas Valanciunas quiet on Wednesday
    Jonas Valanciunas played just 12 minutes and had three points, two rebounds and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: JV was quiet tonight, but is clearly the main option in the middle for the Raptors and could be primed for a breakout season. Don't be scared off by his inconsistent preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani can't give straight answer
    When asked if he was running, Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) wouldn't give a clear answer on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said he and his doctors are working on it, so that's basically a no. What's more, he doesn't sound happy and for all we know he might not even be in the rotation. Bargnani is not worth drafting in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:29 pm
  • Jason Smith starting at PF as experiment
    Jason Smith will start at power forward against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just an experiment after Quincy Acy started the previous four games. Smith should still get some minutes at center in the rotation, but he's not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:55 pm
  • Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will not play on Wednesday night against the Magic.

    Advice: Dwight won't get to face his old team in the last road game of the preseason and there has been no word of his knee injury being a factor in this decision. He should be ready to go to start the season and will look to bounce back from a mildly disappointing 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:41 pm
  • Joakim Noah to wear a brace all season
    Joakim Noah (knee) will wear a knee brace all season.

    Advice: The team admitted his rehab took longer than expected, but Noah did say this week that he's not dealing with swelling. That could change as the year goes along, so he might need some rest days, which won't be a huge problem for them considering their depth up front. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting Noah. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani criticized on defense, drives
    Knicks president Phil Jackson expects Andrea Bargnani to do well in the triangle offense, but he criticized his poor defense and predictable drives toward the hoop.

    Advice: "Because he only approaches the rim in straight lines, he needs to develop some kind of change-of-direction move with the ball," Jackson said. "Also, he's a finger-roller, not a dunker. Could he have small hands? Or does he just need to be more aggressive?" His defensive weaknesses go without saying, and the fact that he's missed the preseason with hamstring issues gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 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
  • Justin Hamilton likely for Friday
    Justin Hamilton, who has been out for the Heat with a heart issue, is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to have a big role with the Heat, but he's been out for the preseason with the ailment. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:37 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan picking up where he left off
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort on Tuesday, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: He's picking up right where he left off last season, shooting 76 percent over the past five games while racking up copious rebounds, steals and blocks. His FT shooting is worse than ever (37 percent in the preseason), so roto owners must be wary of his ability to tank a category single-handedly. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Blazers to rest all starters but Lillard
    The Blazers are expected to rest all of their starters except for Damian Lillard during Wednesday's exhibition vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Terry Stotts is just giving his core players a break during a meaningless game, and this has zero impact on any player's fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 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
  • 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
  • Andrea Bargnani's status for opener unclear
    Andrea Bargnani's status for Wednesday's regular season opener is unclear due to his hamstring injury.

    Advice: The No.1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft has missed over two weeks with his hamstring injury and is now in danger of missing regular season games. The Knicks' frontcourt depth is thin enough that Bargnani could provide some deep league fantasy value when (if?) healthy, but owners in standard leagues would do best to look elsewhere for now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:59 am
  • Anthony Davis practicing on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (wrist) participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:06 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki working on quicker release
    Dirk Nowitzki said that he is working on adding a quicker release to his shot.

    Advice: As Nowitski enters his 17th NBA season, he'll need to make adjustments to keep playing at a high level and adjusting his shot served as low-hanging fruit. "It wasn't going to be running quicker or jumping higher," Nowitzki said. "So I figured I'd work on something that I can control." While the 36-year-old has consistently returned first-round fantasy value, he's a much safer pick towards the end of the second round or beginning of the third round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:20 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
  • Dirk Nowitzki plays 23 minutes on Monday
    Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Monday.

    Advice: He just got some rest and he's been over his hip injury for over a week. Nowitzki isn't the sexiest pick you can make, but he is a very safe guy to grab at the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:49 pm
  • Varejao starts, goes for 22 and eight vs. CHI
    Anderson Varejao (knee) started against the Bulls in Monday's exhibition, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: The numbers have to be taken with a preseason grain of salt but because David Blatt ran things as if tonight was a regular season game it looks like Varejao is the starting center. He's always been productive when healthy, but therein lies the problem and he's a late round selection only because of his record in that department. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:30 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

    Advice: All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Gasol (back) logs 32 minutes vs. Cavs
    Pau Gasol played through his minor back issue in Monday's exhibition against the Cavs, scoring 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: It's a great sign that Gasol played so much in a game that was more competitive than your average preseason game, but we don't want to read into things too much since Pau was the only starter to get extended run. He's currently being taken in the middle rounds and 'if' he plays close to starter's minutes that will obviously be a bargain. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers sprained right wrist
    Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:41 am
  • Anderson Varejao starting at C on Monday
    Anderson Varejao will start at center against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:38 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) looks good in 11 minutes
    Dwight Howard (knee) shook off a slow start to finish Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This was Dwight's first exhibition action since Oct. 7 but he showed minimal rust, and should be ready to go for the Rockets' season opener. Owners willing to accept his awful FT shooting should benefit from stats right around his 2013-14 averages -- 18.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Pau Gasol's back no issue in 15 & 10 game
    Pau Gasol (back) finished Sunday's exhibition victory with 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers.

    Advice: His back injury was never serious and the veteran big man will be ready to start alongside Joakim Noah on opening night. Whether he's on the court to finish games during the regular season is another question -- Gasol said recently that he wants to play in the fourth quarter, but coach Tom Thibodeau has shown a preference for the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Either way, Gasol's current ADP of 60.7 gives him considerable upside in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:39 pm
  • Joakim Noah: 'I have no swelling in my knee'
    Joakim Noah (knee) started Sunday's game vs. Charlotte and scored four points with seven rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "I feel a lot better than I did two weeks ago," said Noah, who had offseason knee surgery. "It’s a work in progress, but overall I’m very happy. I have no swelling in my knee and I can keep building." We've repeatedly warned that his scoring and assists may dip this year with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol leading the offense, but that shouldn't prevent Noah from being a top-50 fantasy option and a low-end No. 1 center. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:36 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng has team option exercised
    Gorgui Dieng had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: He was a revelation at the end of last season when he replaced an injured Nikola Pekovic in the starting lineup. Dieng is penciled in as the backup center to Pek for now, but given Pek's injury history, Dieng might be worth a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:09 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
  • Joakim Noah feeling good physically
    Joakim Noah is very happy with where he's at physically, and he's experienced no swelling in his knee.

    Advice: Noah isn't going to be asked to do as much this season with Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose helping out with the offense, but he'll still be worthy of an early-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Monday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) has been ruled out of Monday's preseason game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: There's not much reason to suit up against the Bucks, but Bargnani hasn't exactly been a model of health throughout his career. In fact, the last time Bargnani made it through 80 games was in 2009, and while he'll likely be ready for opening night, his propensity for getting injured makes him a negligible asset in most leagues. Take a flier on him if you want, but be ready to hit the waiver wire at the first signs of trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Pau Gasol won't be happy on bench during 4Q
    Pau Gasol stated during a recent interview that he does not want to be benched during the closing minutes of games.

    Advice: "You always like to be in the last minutes of a game when the game is on the line,’’ Gasol said. "It’s good to be put in that position, and it makes you feel like your coach trusts you to do the best things out there on both ends of the floor... Obviously I would like to be on the floor when the game is on the line. That’s what I’ve been getting paid for my entire career, and that’s what I will continue to do." It'll be interesting to see who plays during the final minutes of games for head coach Tom Thibodeau, but it's worth noting that Gasol is much better defensive player than Carlos Boozer. Taj Gibson was Thibedeau's guy last season, and his value will take a hit if he's no longer closing out games for the Bulls. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:31 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
  • Andre Drummond flirts with preseason 20-20
    Andre Drummond continued to own the paint against the Hawks Saturday, grabbing 17 rebounds with two steals, three blocks and 19 points.

    Advice: On the downside, he did shoot just 1-of-7 from the line, so that's not good. Besides that, the stats are going to be coming in bunches and he'll probably have so many 20-20s this season that he'll be doing TV commercials for Lasik companies. If you're in a league that doesn't penalize for FT%, he's arguably the best player to draft. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:02 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
  • Mavericks resting just about everyone vs. IND
    Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris are resting against the Pacers.

    Advice: Dirk is believed to be fine and he's over his hip injury from earlier this month. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri smarter every day Bargnani is on the Knicks. Barganani's hamstring injury isn't likely going to keep him from playing in the regular season opener, but he might be coming off the bench. He has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:26 pm
  • Jason Smith could start for Knicks
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher reiterated that there is still plenty of competition for the starting power forward job and that Jason Smith could be in the mix.

    Advice: Although Quincy Acy has started during all of the Knicks' preseason games Fisher said, "Jason Smith has played some good minutes for us the last couple games since he’s been back and there’s no reason why he couldn't maybe crack into that [starting lineup]." If Smith were to earn a starting job his fantasy value would increase by a good margin. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:57 am
  • 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
  • Thompson double-doubles in start
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Larry Sanders undergoes minor surgery
    Larry Sanders underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure (undisclosed) on Friday, and will miss the Bucks' three final preseason games.

    Advice: He's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks' regular-season opener October 29, so at the moment this seems very minor. Sanders has been playing well throughout the preseason, averaging 10.7 points and 10 rebounds through three games, highlighted by a 15 rebound effort vs. Memphis. Sanders had a disastrous 2013-14 campaign, but his upside in shot blocking makes him worth a gamble in the mid-to-late rounds of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:55 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
  • Olajuwon thinks Howard can have MVP-type year
    Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard is ready to have an MVP-type season.

    Advice: "I could see last year when I worked with him in camp that there were some things that he could not do. Or they were things that he did not think he could do," said Olajuwon. "The difference now is that he is fit and those doubts are gone... He should have a season that makes everyone vote for him as MVP." Howard can be a great addition to a fantasy squad that is tanking the free throw category, with solid contributions to points, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) limited
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He looks to have lost his chance in the starting lineup to Quincy Acy. With Amare Stoudemire likely to soak up a lot of minutes off the bench and posting ugly numbers next to Bargnani last season, it's hard to imagine where Il Mago fits in. He can be ignored almost everywhere. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:51 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Joakim Noah plays 27 minutes on Thursday
    Joakim Noah played 27 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday with seven points, 13 boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: His knee soreness seems to be behind him and he was active under the basket tonight. Noah is not going to be asked to do nearly as much, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to be a top-20 guy again. Plus, he did have some injuries before his big 2013-14 season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He's good at basketball. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) hopes to play Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) is hoping to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been dealing with a sore knee for the past week, and has missed multiple preseason games as a result. Injuries have limited Howard from the dominant force he once was, but he still carries a ton of fantasy value. He can score, grab rebounds, and block shots at an above average clip, however potential owners must be willing to sacrifice free three percentage if they draft him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • Sanders (illness) not traveling with the team
    Larry Sanders (illness) will not be making the trip to Iowa and New York City.

    Advice: Sanders has been performing well so far this preseason, so hopefully his absence is just a precaution. He could be a mid-to-late round steal with his proficiency in shot blocking and grabbing boards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:55 am
  • Andrea Bargnani limited in practice on Thurs
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited at practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Bargnani has missed the Knicks last three preseason game with a nagging hamstring injury. Logging a limited practice session may mean he is close to returning, but his debilitating health has to be a concern. He should be off fantasy radars until he shows some promise in the Knicks' new look offense. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki favors shortened NBA season
    Dirk Nowitzki would like to see the NBA regular season schedule trimmed from 82 games.

    Advice: Piggybacking on comments by Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Dirk said he thinks the regular season schedule should be cut to the "mid-60s." Nowitzki then added his biggest issue is back-to-backs, "Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old. I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between." While his suggestion would go a long way towards helping the 36-year-old, he's still worth a late-second, early-third round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:40 am
  • Tristan Thompson over his shoulder injury
    Tristan Thompson returned to action from a sore shoulder on Wednesday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to see a lot of minutes at power forward and especially center, if Anderson Varejao can't stay healthy. He's worth a late draft pick even if coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Anderson Varejao sits out with sore knee
    Anderson Varejao sat out Wednesday's game with a sore knee.

    Advice: He's OK, but the Cavaliers are going to be cautious with their fragile big man. He should be ready for the start of the season, assuming his knee problem isn't being reported inaccurately. If he does miss time, Tristan Thompson and Brendan Haywood will fill in for him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play Wed.
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 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
  • Pau Gasol back at practice on Wednesday
    Pau Gasol (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound concerned and he just needed some rest on Tuesday. Gasol has played very well so far with the Bulls and he tends to slide in fantasy drafts. If some of your favorite mid-round targets went earlier than you thought, Gasol isn't a bad backup plan. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • Larry Sanders still out with the flu
    Larry Sanders (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Monday due to this illness and should be back on the practice court soon. Sanders was actually playing well so far this season, so fantasy owners can grab him late to bolster their blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 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
  • LaMarcus Aldridge planning to shoot more 3s
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he'll "definitely" take more 3-pointers this season, and that coach Terry Stotts has already implemented offensive sets to get him shots beyond the arc.

    Advice: "Coach has been trying to get me to shoot them for the last two years," Aldridge said. "I definitely worked on it this summer and I feel more comfortable with it." He also studied tape to improve his reactions to double-teams, and all signs are positive as he enters a contract year in Portland. Any 3-pointers should be considered a bonus, as he's currently 24-of-116 from downtown in his eight-year career. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:14 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
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
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