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  • Evan Fournier puts up a nice line
    Evan Fournier played well off the bench against the Mavericks on Friday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's on the fantasy radar as a deep-league pickup while Victor Oladipo (face) is on the mend. Fournier will handle the ball a lot and should be have some nice short-term value. Rotoworld.com
    28 minutes ago
  • Warriors waive Jason Kapono
    Warriors waive G/F Jason Kapono.

    Advice: When you have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, you don't need more 3-pointer specialists. Kapono may wind up on a 10-day deal at some point. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:40 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Quincy Pondexter rested for Friday's finale
    Quincy Pondexter got the night off on Friday, as the Grizzlies concluded their preseason with a 98-104 loss to the visiting Heat.

    Advice: Q-Pon scored 15 points as a starter on Wednesday, sinking two 3-pointers and filling up the stat sheet with five boards, three assists, two steals and one block. His 3-point shooting is a blessing for the Grizzlies' perimeter-starved offense, improving Pondexter's odds of beating Tony Allen for the starting SF job. He's definitely worth considering as a flier pick. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Vince Carter's offense returns in loss to MIA
    Vince Carter recovered his shooting stroke in Friday's preseason finale, scoring 13 points on 5-of-8 field goals, including a 3-of-3 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Vince also had five rebounds and two assists, though his efficient line was marred by five turnovers in just 22 minutes. He projects as a 25-minute player in a sixth-man role this year, which should be enough to keep him on the radar as a late-round value in roto leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • James Harden ends preseason on a high note
    James Harden was his usual self against the Spurs on Friday during a 96-87 win, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was the top player in all of fantasy basketball after the break last season and the Rockets lost two of their highest usage-rate guys last season. The Beard is going to dominate again this year and is fantastic top pick in the early first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Danny Green plays well in finale
    Danny Green played well in the preseason finale on Friday with 14 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He had a nice preseason and should be in a similar role as last season. Green was a mid-round value in 2012-13, but the ups and downs in 2013-14 hurt his ADP. Nobody will care that you take him in the last round, but he'll outperform his ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Willie Green scores nine points in 15 minutes
    Willie Green (knee) had nine points, one 3-pointer and one assist in 15 minutes off the bench vs. Dallas on Friday.

    Advice: He's averaged 9.3 points in 19 minutes per game during the preseason and could see more playing time if Luke Ridnour (knee) misses the season opener, but he's not on the radar in typical fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez hits 1-of-8 shots off bench
    In his second game back after a minor head injury, Greivis Vasquez came off the bench for eight points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three turnovers.

    Advice: He made only 1-of-8 field goals in 20 minutes but that's not unexpected from the career 42.1 percent shooter. Vasquez is off the radar in standard leagues as long as Kyle Lowry is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Devin Harris gets five steals in 20 minutes
    Mavs veteran Devin Harris chipped in seven points, seven assists and five steals in just 20 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: He made one 3-pointer and the five steals were one shy of his career-high, though that says as much about Orlando's young team than Harris' sticky hands. Jameer Nelson (four points, seven assists) is locked into the starting PG job and Raymond Felton (ankle) will vie for minutes once he's healthy, which reduces Harris to a deep-league fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Jamal Crawford out Friday w/ sore hamstring
    Jamal Crawford was given the night off on Friday due to minor hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said that Crawford could have played if this were a regular season game, but the 34-year-old will watch from the sidelines as L.A. tries to wrap up the preseason with a win vs. the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • Pelicans don't use option on Rivers
    The Pelicans did not exercise their option on Austin Rivers.

    Advice: While Rivers has been a letdown, this decision is more about the salary cap than anything else. In other words, this isn't as bad as the Wizards not using their option on Jan Vesely last season. Still, Rivers won't have much fantasy value while Eric Gordon and/or Tyreke Evans are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (MCL sprain) to miss opener
    Anthony Morrow (knee) will miss the start of the season due to a sprained left MCL.

    Advice: Ouch. The Thunder are having a rough October on the wing and this news basically means Andre Roberson and Perry Jones will be the starting wings, assuming the team wants to bring Reggie Jackson off the bench. The Thunder have not made a prognosis, but it could be at least a couple weeks until Morrow is back. Fantasy owners can give Jones a look in 14-team leagues, Roberson in 16-teamers and Jeremy Lamb in deep leagues. Russell Westbrook is going to be busy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
    Injured
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. does some things
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) did "a few more things" at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • James Harden feels he's in mid-season form
    James Harden feels he's entering the 2014-15 season in mid-season.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm mid-season right now and it's still preseason," Harden said. "Basketball-wise, knowledge wise, everything, this summer really helped me out. Being around great players for two months and a great coaching staff, you learn. You learn a lot. Learning from USA Basketball and those coaches helped me a lot." Harden's ability to fill up the stat sheet makes him well worth a top-5 selection in standard leagues, and he's going to come out the gates sprinting. Don't hesitate to grab the best shooting guard in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Miami Heat release Tyler Johnson and others
    The Heat released Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Larry Drew on Friday.

    Advice: The Miami roster currently stands at 16, and they'll need to make one more cut before Monday's deadline. These guys are likely bound for the D-League, and there are no fantasy implications to this news. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
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  • 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
  • Stephenson (groin) hopeful to practice on Mon
    Lance Stephenson (groin) is hopeful he'll be able to return to practice by Monday.

    Advice: Stephenson's groin strain isn't considered serious, and he's likely just being rested so he can start the regular-season at 100 percent healthy. His ability to contribute to all areas of the box score makes him well worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Celtics claim Jarell Eddie off waivers
    The Celtics have claimed Jarell Eddie off waivers from the Hawks.

    Advice: Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that they just wanted to "take a look at" Eddie, so their interest seems to be minimal. Even if Jarell somehow makes the Celtics regular-season roster, he's not going to be an impact player for the 2014-15 fantasy basketball season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Oladipo out indefinitely with facial fracture
    Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Oladipo received an accidental elbow to the face during Thursday's practice, and is set to undergo surgery on Saturday. This is a devastating blow for one of our favorite breakout candidates, and this news likely means that Evan Fournier will be the starting two-guard, with Ben Gordon seeing minutes off the bench. We'll wait for more news on this situation, but this bumps Victor out of top-60 consideration in standard leagues. It has been an offseason of injuries for the NBA this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
    Injured
  • Monta Ellis wants to finish his career in DAL
    Monta Ellis stated during a recent interview that he's hopeful he can finish his career as a Dallas Maverick.

    Advice: When Monta was asked about being able to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, Ellis responded: "It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family... But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career." Ellis has been very good for the Mavericks during his time there, and averaged 19.0 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.8 three-pointers, and 3.2 turnovers last season. The turnovers are a bit of a drag, but the fact that he's suited up for 82-games for the past two seasons makes him a bit more attractive. Ellis is primed for another big year with Dallas, and is deserving of an early round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Eric Gordon plays 28 minutes against Dallas
    Eric Gordon played a preseason-high 28 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been over 20 minutes in each of his last five games, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.4 triples on 34.6 percent from the field in that span. Gordon does have a chance to duplicate his 15.4 points per game and 1.6 triples from last year, but there is a lot of injury risk. We'd prefer other targets in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:11 pm
  • 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
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) out vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play in the Hornets' preseason finale against the Pacers.

    Advice: Stephenson (groin), Kemba Walker (foot), Noah Vonleh (hernia), and Gerald Henderson (hamstring) all will not suit up in the teams' preseason finale. Stephenson and Walker are the only two with significant fantasy value, so their health statuses should be monitored as the regular season approaches. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Lance Stephenson out for Thursday vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers.

    Advice: It's a shame that we won't see Lance against his former team, but the Hornets play the Pacers on Nov. 19 so we won't have to wait long. With the regular season less than a week away, the Hornets are likely playing it safe with their free agent acquisition, so fantasy owners shouldn't shy away from drafting Stephenson in the middle rounds of their drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:28 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
  • 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
  • Danny Green hits 2-of-10 shots in loss
    Danny Green hit just 2-of-10 shots and one 3-pointer for five points, two rebounds and one steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: Green can get hot at any time and will bury a ton of threes when it happens, but he's been very inconsistent over the last couple seasons, and was generally viewed as a bust last season. He can't play much worse, but he doesn't appear to have the breakout appeal he once had. Target him late and hope he can get his shot to fall more consistently this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Vince Carter struggles on Wednesday
    Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, two rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes, but didn't do much with them. We were bullish on him coming into camp, but he's struggled throughout most of it. He still has time to turn it around and be a valuable sixth man in Memphis, but for now, he probably belongs on the waiver wire when your draft ends. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter starts for MEM, scores 15
    Quincy Pondexter started at small forward and played 30 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: He's battling with Tony Allen for the starting job and may have won it with this performance. Allen had five points and Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench. If Pondexter is starting on opening night, he's going to be a popular deep-league pick up off the waiver wire. And if you're drafting this weekend, he is worth a look at the end of it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has a week to recover before Charlotte's regular-season opener, so for now we're assuming he won't miss any games with the injury. The possibility that he'll sit out Thursday's exhibition vs. his former team is unfortunate, but we'll get to see Lance and the Hornets take on the Pacers in their first regular-season meeting in Indiana on Nov. 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Victor Oladipo (MCL) not a lock for opener
    Victor Oladipo (sprained MCL) is "hopeful" that he can play in Orlando's season opener, but he remains day-to-day.

    Advice: Oladipo returned to practice on Monday and the Magic would like to see him on the court for Friday's finale, but they won't risk playing him at less than full strength. The Magic open their regular season vs. New Orleans on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:24 am
    Injured
  • 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
  • Anthony Morrow looks like starting SF
    Anthony Morrow started at small forward again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, five rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow isn't guaranteed a starting gig just yet, but he could be heading in that direction if Scott Brooks gives up on the Andre Roberson experiment, or if Morrow has beaten out Perry Jones to start at SF. Morrow has had a fun preseason, scoring in double figures in all six games and hitting 13 3-pointers. If you need threes late in your draft, he's worth a grab. And if he's won the starting SF job for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he could be a real value pick late in your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:05 pm
    Injured
  • 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
  • Hawks waive G Jarell Eddie
    Hawks waive G Jarell Eddie.

    Advice: Eddie went undrafted out of Virginia Tech and he's a longshot to earn a guaranteed contract with an NBA team this year. With the regular season a week away, the Hawks have trimmed their roster to 15 players. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • James Harden committed to playing better D
    James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

    Advice: With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:58 am
  • Monta Ellis hits a couple treys on Monday
    Monta Ellis made two 3-pointers in Monday's 108-103 win over the Grizzlies, scoring a total of 14 points with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Monta has been reliable for the past few seasons and the pick-and-roll game with Dirk Nowitzki should be in full effect again. Fantasy owners can target Ellis in the fourth round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Vince Carter's minutes staying low
    Vince Carter played eight minutes during Monday's 108-103 loss to Dallas, scoring four points with two rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only played six minutes on Friday and hasn't been over 13 in any of his four games. Carter played 24.4 minutes per game in his 81 outings last year, so he'll likely be closer to 20. He's not quite worthy of drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter puts up a scoring gem
    Quincy Pondexter had his third positive showing in a row on Monday with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: In his last three, he's averaged 15.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.3 triples. Pondexter looks to be very healthy and the Grizzlies might be inclined to start him considering how horrible Tayshaun Prince was last year. Vince Carter is still going to get his chances, so Q-Pon is only a deep-league target. It's worth mentioning he's shot just 42.7 percent from the field in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Eric Gordon returns, looks horrible
    Eric Gordon returned from his back injury and struggled against the Wizards on Monday, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't get to the line once and was a little bashful with the ball. Gordon had back spasms last week and returned to practice on Friday. There are just too many negatives to draft Gordon in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Victor Oladipo back at practice on Monday
    Victor Oladipo (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: There was little doubt that he would miss time in the regular season and now he looks to be ready to go. Oladipo did sit in some portions of practice and he might miss another preseason game, but fantasy owners can draft him as if he's healthy. He's a breakout candidate and the shift to shooting guard should help. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:08 pm
    Injured
  • Wiz non-committal on Glen Rice Jr.
    The Wizards have been "totally non-committal" on Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) for the season opener.

    Advice: He hasn't been moving much at practice and it would appear he's closer to doubtful. If the Wizards feel comfortable with Garrett Temple and Otto Porter at the shooting guard spot, there's no need to rush Rice back into the lineup. If you're looking to make a pickup from the Bradley Beal (wrist) fallout, Porter is probably your guy in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:56 am
  • 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
  • James Harden sinks 2-of-12 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs
    James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) looks fine vs. Bulls
    Lance Stephenson's recent groin injury didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Stephenson missed his only 3-point attempt, he didn't get to the free throw line, and he added just two assists and one steal with three turnovers. He also grabbed Joakim Noah's hand at one point, just to mess with him, which makes you question how much he's matured this offseason. Nevertheless, the reigning league-leader in triple-doubles has enough upside to justify a mid-round pick in typical fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Anthony Morrow scores 14 points as starter
    Anthony Morrow struggled from downtown in Sunday's home loss, going 0-of-5 from deep, but he still finished with 14 points and two assists in 31 minutes

    Advice: The good news is that Morrow still launched five 3-pointers and got solid playing time, which will be the bedrock of his fantasy value this season. He's worth a look as a perimeter specialist and may even earn a starting job on opening night, but be mindful that his role will shrink when Kevin Durant (foot) returns to action. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:46 pm
    Injured
  • 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
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a right groin strain as well as a toe injury so it is good to see him suiting up for a preseason game. Stephenson is a solid late-mid round pick with upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back) expected to play Monday
    Eric Gordon (back) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday against the Wizards.

    Advice: He is easily one of the most injury-prone players in the league but it is good to see that he is healthy enough to play in this preseason game. If you want to take a flier on him, he will more than likely be available in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) making progress
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is making progress in his recovery and was seen taking jumpers at practice Sunday.

    Advice: We expect him back very soon but he should still be considered questionable for opening night. Rice Jr. has a great chance to carve out a significant role in the Wizard's offense with Bradley Beal out so he may be worth a flier late in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:43 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
  • Jamal Crawford scores 23 on 12 FGAs
    Jamal Crawford was terrific in his 36 minutes of action on Saturday with 23 points, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's coming off a 25-point game on Friday and is so hot right now. Crawford has been a little streaky, which is not unusual for a shooting guard. Crawford ate like was at a buffet while Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were out last season, but he's probably going to more of a late-round asset due to his lack of multiple-category lines. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:38 pm
  • Tyler Johnson goes off against Spurs
    Tyler Johnson put on a show in his first preseason game of the season, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: If you started him in your preseason fantasy hoops league, pat yourself on the back. Kidding aside, Johnson has his work cut out for himself to make the team. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:52 pm
    Not Active
  • Evan Fournier puts up a dud vs. Philly
    Evan Fournier made 1-of-6 from the field against the 76ers on Saturday for two points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't a great game for him after being rested on Wednesday. Fournier is going to come off the bench and spell Victor Oladipo (knee), but he'll have some ball-handling opportunities. Fantasy owners can give him a look late in 16-team drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:17 pm
  • Devin Harris will not play against Indy
    Devin Harris is resting against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He is healthy and has played well so far this preseason. Harris is a sneaky pickup in deeper leagues because he should have a high usage rate to go with his steals and treys. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Willie Green (rest) is out for Saturday
    Willie Green (rest) is out for Saturday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: He has just recovered from a minor knee injury and the Magic will rest him while they can. He is going to serve as depth for a crowded Magic backcourt and is not on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:26 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) has 'vigorous' workout
    Victor Oladipo had a "vigorous" workout before Saturday's game against the Sixers, according to team beat writer John Denton.

    Advice: He's not going to play in the game, though. There was never much of a concern with his mild MCL sprain considering he played through the injury without knowing it, but this is concrete proof he'll be on the court for game action soon. He's a breakout candidate and is worth a look around pick 50. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:59 pm
    Injured
  • 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
  • Morrow steps into the starting lineup
    Anthony Morrow (ankle) stepped into the starting lineup in Friday's 109-90 preseason loss to the Raptors, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow looks like the guy to own between he and Jeremy Lamb and looks like the starting small forward on Opening Night. Whether he starts or not, the Thunder desperately need his outside shooting and he's a solid bet for 25-plus minutes per night at least until Kevin Durant returns. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:43 pm
    Injured
  • Carter (ankle) gets back on the floor
    Vince Carter (ankle) got back on the floor on Friday night, but logged just six minutes against Flamengo.

    Advice: We'll let you know if we hear anything for owners to be concerned about, but there's no reason for Carter to push himself at this time of year. The Grizzlies predictably rolled tonight, with a bountiful box score that owners should disregard for projection purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:57 pm
  • Ellis shows no effects of knee injury on Fri
    Monta Ellis (knee) returned to action on Friday against the Cavs, scoring 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with two steals and eight assists in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Ellis is one of the most durable players in the league and represents a solid mid-round selection in upcoming drafts. The knee issue is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Vasquez knocked in the head, out of game
    Greivis Vasquez was hit in the head by a basketball during Friday's shootaround and will not play against the Thunder.

    Advice: Vasquez reportedly felt a little woozy so the plug was pulled, most likely on a precautionary basis. We'll let you know if he's going to miss any additional time. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:18 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) returns to practice
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) returned to practice on Friday, but he remains questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said that Gordon's status for Monday's preseason game won't be determined until Sunday at the earliest after he goes through a full scrimmage. Gordon began to experience back spasms after logging 26 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, saying: "I really started to spasm up a little bit after waking up [Wednesday]. It just got a little tight, nothing serious. I’ll be fine." Gordon is about as injury prone as they come, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (ankle) could start on Friday
    Anthony Morrow (ankle) went through some light pregame work, and could draw the start at small forward for Friday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: It's not yet been determined who will start once the regular season begin, but Morrow figures to be either the team’s starting small forward, or their sixth man. Either way, Morrow offers enough upside to be worthy of a late-round selection for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:47 pm
    Injured
  • 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
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Born Ready is dealing with a right groin strain and has already had a toe injury. He had a breakout season last year with the Pacers, but we'd expect him to need an adjustment period with his new teammates and in a different system. Stephenson is a late-mid round target. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • Gordon Hayward carves up the Lake Show
    Gordon Hayward scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: It sure does help to go against the Lakers, but this was Hayward's best game. He added some muscle to his frame and it should help his field goal percentage. He could put it all together and be a top-20 player this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:30 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
  • Austin Rivers plays 27 mintues
    Austin Rivers played 27 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday and had 11 points, five boards, five assists, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: He shot just 3-of-10 from the field and he's not likely to get his shooting issues turned around. Rivers is going to get the backup minutes behind Eric Gordon (back), so the Pelicans will use him here and there. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:21 pm
  • James Harden (hip) practices on Thursday
    James Harden (hip) participated in Rockets practice on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:59 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable for Fri
    Lance Stephenson is questionable to play against the Wizards on Friday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: Considering he's questionable for a preseason game, it's probably a minor issue. Stephenson doesn't have a history of groin issues and there's no reason to bump him down your rankings. He should pick up some extra ball-handling responsibilities with his new team, but there might be an adjustment period. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:15 am
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) doubtful on Thurs.
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) is doubtful to play on Thursday against the Thunder due to his back tightening up after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but there really haven't been many minor Eric Gordon injuries. He's battled countless knee injuries and he's coming off a knee surgery over the summer, so this is just another reason to target someone else in fantasy drafts. Austin Rivers will get some more run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Victor Oladipo will not play Fri. vs Pistons
    Victor Oladipo (knee) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season right around the corner, it's beginning to look like we may not see Oladipo play in an exhibition game. While it would be nice to see the second-year player on the court before opening night, there have been no indications that he'll return this preseason. He remains a high-upside target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts now that Jameer Nelson is out of the picture. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 am
    Injured
  • Greivis Vasquez plays 28 minutes in win
    Greivis Vasquez played 28 minutes and hit just 3-of-14 shots on Wednesday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry played just nine minutes so Vasquez got some nice run tonight. His shooting wasn't great, but any time Lowry is out with an injury, Vasquez should be an interesting fill-in in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Glen Rice has right ankle in walking boot
    Glen Rice was in a walking boot to protect his sprained right ankle after Wednesday's game and he's expected to miss time with the injury, leaving him questionable for opening night.

    Advice: He doesn't sound likely to play on Thursday and we're wondering who will start at shooting guard for the Wizards. It could be Otto Porter, who is really a forward, while journeyman Rasual Butler will likely get some run while Rice is out. Xavier Silas' name has come up as well, and PG Garrett Temple started there on Saturday. The Wizards are suddenly dangerously thin at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. leaves w/ sprained right ankle
    Glen Rice Jr. left Wednesday's game with a sprained right ankle.

    Advice: He had 11 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes, and should be considered day-to-day for now. He's got a shot at winning the starting job at shooting guard as long as Bradley Beal is out, but his two-game tryout has not gone well so far. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:06 pm
  • Less champagne: Evan Fournier resting
    Evan Fournier is getting rest on Wednesday and will not play.

    Advice: He's fine and is just getting rest. Coach Jacque Vaughn has been impressed with Fournier and he's going to be a key cog in the second unit. He's worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:52 pm
  • Anthony Morrow dealing with a sore ankle
    Anthony Morrow will not practice on Wednesday due to a sore ankle and he will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he's not in jeopardy of missing regular season action. Morrow will have a chance to contribute more on offense with Kevin Durant (foot) out, so he's worth a look late for fantasy teams needing 3-pointers. Perry Jones and Andre Roberson will get a lot of run on Thursday and could really help themselves with a big game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:07 am
    Injured
  • Willie Green (knee) ready for home opener
    Magic SG Willie Green (knee) will return to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: Green's injury was never considered serious and his return is good news for Orlando's depth chart, but it has no bearing on fantasy leagues since buried in the rotation behind Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • J.R. Smith battling back spasms in preseason
    J.R. Smith was briefly sidelined by back spasms on Tuesday, but he returned to finish with four points on 1-for-7 shooting in 23 minutes.

    Advice: "[The back spasms] have been going back and forth the last few days, but it’s all right," Smith said. The bigger concern for fantasy owners is how big a role Smith will have this season. He faces renewed competition from Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr., and he conceded that the triangle offense could take "a few months" to operate smoothly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
  • Anthony Morrow wakes up in win over MEM
    Anthony Morrow came off the bench to hit 5-of-6 shots and three 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing with 19 points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal.

    Advice: He looks like the sixth man for the Thunder, but can also play small forward and could see a ton of minutes now that Kevin Durant has been shut down for a couple months with a broken foot. He's also a possibility to overtake Andre Roberson as the starting shooting guard, although that's probably not likely. We liked Morrow as a source of threes late in drafts, but he now has the potential to vie for the Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Durant news. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:05 pm
    Injured
  • Quincy Pondexter scores 13 for Grizzlies
    Quincy Pondexter started for the Grizzlies on Tuesday and had 16 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers on 4-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: The Grizzlies rolled out their D-League and bench team tonight, so don't get too excited about QP's line. But if a wing or power forward suffers an injury in Memphis this season, QP could be a guy to target off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Eric Gordon looks good in another start
    Eric Gordon started at shooting guard and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a block in 26 minutes Tuesday.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans currently on the shelf, EJ looks like a sure bet to start on opening night. And if he can stay healthy and productive, he should keep the job all season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:44 pm
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