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  • HOU wanted Capela to play more mins last year
    Houston management reportedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more minutes, at the expense of Dwight Howard last season.

    Advice: Rockets' GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were the ones arguing to get more minutes to Capela, as they believed his development was crucial with Howard likely to leave via free agency, and that decision was reportedly "heavily influenced" by James Harden. The takeaway here is that Howard is now in Atlanta, so management (and Harden) should get their wish, with Capela potentially looking at a 30-plus-minute role this season. He's a decent late-round flier if you're punting free throws. 49 minutes ago
  • Eric Gordon will start at SG on opening night
    Eric Gordon will officially be Houston's starting two-guard on opening night with Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) unavailable.

    Advice: "With me starting, I’m going to have to guard mostly the top perimeter guy and that’s fine," Gordon said. "They will have to guard me also." Beverley is going to miss at least the first 20 games of the season, and he'll likely be brought along slowly once healthy, so it looks like the starting two-spot in Houston is Gordon's to lose. While his injury history certainly is concerning, there's essentially no risk involved in targeting him as you can swoop him up during the final few rounds on draft day. Today, 6:25 am
  • Yi Jianlian asks for release, will be waived
    Yi Jianlian has asked to be released by the Lakers and will be formally waived Monday.

    Advice: He was a superstar in China and it was a fairly big surprise he came over to the NBA this year. Jianlian was not a lock for the rotation and had struggles on both ends this month. With Jianlian off the books, that should allow the Lakers to keep Thomas Robinson. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Pacers waive F Jeremy Evans
    Pacers waive F Jeremy Evans.

    Advice: Evans struggled with a shoulder injury this preseason and failed to score in two appearances. He was never expected to be a part of the rotation. Yesterday, 4:52 pm
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  • MIN picks up team option on Zach LaVine
    The Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year team option on Zach LaVine.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins' fourth year option was also picked up, so the Bounce Bros get at least one more year together. LaVine was impressive after the All-Star break last season, compiling averages of 16.4 points, 2.8 assists, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals per contest on 48.0 percent shooting, so he makes sense as a mid-round target on draft day. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in opener
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in Minnesota's regular-season opener against Memphis on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wiggins experienced an allergic reaction in his eyes and said that his face swelled up so bad that he felt like Will Smith in Hitch. He's fine now, though, and there's nothing suggesting that he won't take the court Wednesday night. Additionally, the Wolves have exercised their fourth year option on Wiggins. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Eric Gordon scrimmages with starters Sunday
    Eric Gordon ran with the starting unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) set to spend the first 4-6 weeks of the year on the sidelines, Gordon looks locked and loaded as Houston's starting two-guard. While he does seem to always suffer a long-term injury at some point, he still makes for a fine late-round selection as a guy with mid-round upside. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Gary Harris (groin) doesn't practice Sunday
    Gary Harris (groin) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Harris is still hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for opening night, but acknowledged that if he's still not able to practice by Monday, then he'll begin the year on the sidelines. The worst-case scenario for Harris would be him returning by early-November, so it's not like he's dealing with a significant injury. He offers mid-round upside, but can easily be had towards the later rounds due to this injury. Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Devin Harris (foot) questionable for opener
    Devin Harris re-injured his left foot during Friday's preseason finale in Denver, and Rick Carlisle said that he'll be "questionable at best" for Wednesday's season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: While Harris isn't worth drafting in any setting, this is just another reminder that the guys in front of Seth Curry (Deron Williams, J.J. Barea, Harris) seem to be perpetually injured. While Curry might not get off to a quick start, he could eventually be forced into heavy minutes once the guys in front of him go down with their inevitable injuries. Gambling on Curry towards the last few rounds makes sense. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) targeting opening night
    J.J. Barea (left elbow) participated in some non-contact work during Sunday's practice, and he's hopeful that he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: The Mavs are currently listing Barea as day-to-day, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for opening night. Barea has had a tough time staying on the court over the years, so he's not worth drafting almost anywhere. As a side note, Rick Carlisle said that if Barea can't give it a go on Wednesday, Seth Curry will be Dallas' backup point guard. Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Jeremy Lin excited to be a leader in Brooklyn
    Jeremy Lin said that he's "extremely excited" for the opportunity to be a leader on the Nets.

    Advice: In addition to being Brooklyn's unquestioned starting point guard, he's going to be one of the Nets' primary weapons on offense, so he could be in a for a career-year running in Kenny Atkinson's uptempo offense. Lin had a very nice preseason with averages of 17.2 points, 5.6 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.4 steals per game on a ridiculous 61.9 percent shooting, so it looks like the work Lin put in on improving as a shooter this summer have paid off. He'll be worth a mid-round pick on draft day. Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Robert Covington expected to play Wednesday
    Robert Covington (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday according to coach Brett Brown even though he sat out of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: RoCo tweaked his right ankle during Friday's preseason game and didn't return, but the 76ers were just being cautious. He had a really rough preseason, but he's looking at heavy minutes on a banged up 76ers' roster. He will be a nice source of 3-pointers and steals and is worth targeting towards the end of the middle rounds. Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Raptors pick up their option on Caboclo
    The Raptors have picked up their fourth-year option on Bruno Caboclo.

    Advice: The Raptors aren't giving up on him yet, but sooner or later Caboclo has to prove that he's an NBA player. Expect him to spend a lot of time developing in the D-Leauge this season. Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg contusion) DNP on Saturday
    Boris Diaw (right leg contusion) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Diaw had a left leg contusion, but either way it does not sound serious and the veteran should be ready to roll for opening night. He could be looking at a bigger role out of the gate given Derrick Favors (left knee) faces an uncertain timetable to return. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Robert Covington suffers ankle sprain
    Robert Covington suffered a right ankle sprain and did not return on Friday.

    Advice: He was originally getting re-taped to come back in the game, but the team wisely changed its mind. There's been no word on RoCo missing time going forward and we would consider him probable for the opener right now. With Ben Simmons (foot) out, expect Covington to be a stud for steals and treys. He's a solid pick in the late middle rounds. Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 15 points vs. CHA
    Zach LaVine scored 15 points against the Hornets on Friday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was hobbling around in both halves, but didn't ask out and didn't appear to be in pain. For now, we'll assume LaVine was just fine because there was no reason to play him in the preseason. He's going to be the trigger man for the Wolves and could flirt with 20 points per game. Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins out, Shabazz Muhammad in
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will not play while Shabazz Muhammad (hip) will on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants to use his starters into the fourth, so we'll see a bunch of the other four first-unit guys. Wiggins should be OK for the opener next week. Friday, 4:19 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) on the injury report
    Boris Diaw (left leg contusion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Diaw. There was no indication of an injury before this, so it's likely just a light bruise. For now, expect Diaw to be available for the opener. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Gary Harris could play in the season opener?
    According to coach Michael Malone, Gary Harris (groin) could play in the season opener.

    Advice: Wow. Malone said that Harris is way ahead of schedule which contradicts a report by the Denver Post on Thursday. Malone added that he has a "real chance" to play in the opener, so this should improve his draft stock. Harris has mid-round upside and will be the starter at SG when healthy, so take advantage of his discounted price while you still can. Friday, 10:15 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) questionable Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (hip) is also questionable. Wiggins returned to practice on Thursday, but if he is ultimately held out, it will likely just be a precaution. He will be fine for the regular season. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Clint Capela resting on Friday
    Clint Capela is resting on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: After a sluggish start to the preseason, Capela had his best game on Wednesday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He will be a nice source of rebounds and blocks late, but his brutal free throw shooting will keep his value in check. Nene and Chinanu Onuaku will fill the void Friday. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Friday, 9:16 am
  • Nuggets pick up Gary Harris' option
    The Nuggets have picked up their team option on Gary Harris.

    Advice: A report by Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post on Thursday indicated the Harris is still "a ways away" from playing, but his current timetable has him returning the court in early November. Once healthy, Harris will be the starting SG and he has mid-round upside for his treys and steals, so he's definitely worth taking in the late rounds. Friday, 6:54 am
  • Jeremy Lin scores 24 to cap awesome preseason
    Jeremy Lin was busy again on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 10 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Is Linsanity back? One interesting item from the preseason is coach Kenny Atkinson upping his team's pace to a head-turning 105.7 this preseason. While preseason pace numbers are inflated, that's still a massive bump from last year. Lin is going to be one of the focal points of the offense as he helps set up Brook Lopez. He was also outstanding in the preseason, scoring 17.2 points per game on a magnificent 77.3 true shooting percentage. The new role and system have moved him back into the mix as a mid-round pick. Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Gary Harris still a ways away
    Gary Harris (groin) is still "a ways away" from playing, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: It's been mostly positives on Harris lately with the third-year guard doing some shooting pre-game. There isn't a formal timetable on Harris, but the window based on a handful or reports seems to be at some point in early November. Despite the Nuggets taking two shooting guards in the first round, Harris should still get plenty of run. His injury caused him to slide to become a solid pick in the last two rounds. Thursday, 4:31 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: "I don’t know that he’s definitely going to be ready for Indiana," said Carilsle. "Just because he’s doing well doesn’t mean anything is set in terms of him being available at a certain time." If Barea begins the year on the sidelines, that will open up some more minutes for Seth Curry. Barea isn't worth drafting almost anywhere, but Curry is a very attractive late-round target with the injury prone guys ahead of him. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Wiggins, Muhammad practice on Thursday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) went through a full practice on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to consider both guys questionable for the preseason finale against Charlotte on Friday, but neither guy is dealing with anything that should linger into the regular season. Wiggins should be able to take another step forward under Tom Thibodeau, so he's a decent guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but there's no reason to risk a setback during a meaningless game. Barea will be in the rotation, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most settings this season. Acy is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Clint Capela bounces back on Wednesday
    Clint Capela got the start on Wednesday against the Mavs, finishing with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: With Nene resting, Capela needed to impress coach Mike D'Antoni. Luckily, he arguably had his best game of the month and did a fine job on the defensive end. His starting job isn't 100 percent locked up, so his awful foul shooting makes it tough to draft him unless you're punting free throw percentage. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad out vs. MEM
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will miss Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to miss his top two small forward tonight. Brandon Rush has played mostly at shooting guard, but he should have no problem sliding over. We'll also see if Thibs wants to roll with more three-guard lineups. Wiggins should be good to go for the season. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Hill, Exum, Johnson, Diaw and Gobert starting
    George Hill, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will start vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have both been ruled out in addition to Alec Burks (knee, ankle) and Gordon Hayward (finger). We should see plenty of late-round sleeper Trey Lyles on Monday as well. Monday, 5:15 pm
  • Lin, Sean, RHJ, Hamilton and Lopez starting
    Jeremy Lin, Sean Kilpatrick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Justin Hamilton and Brook Lopez will start vs. the Celtics on Monday according to Nets PR.

    Advice: This means that Randy Foye and Trevor Booker will head to the bench Monday. Coach Atkinson has made it clear that he hasn't decided on a starting lineup for opening night, but it seems like the only locks to start are Lin, RHJ and Lopez. Monday, 3:36 pm
  • Robert Covington (migraine) misses practice
    Robert Covington missed practice on Monday due to a migraine.

    Advice: The 76ers have one more preseason game on Friday vs. the Heat, so Covington should be considered questionable. Hollis Thompson missed practice with an illness, so Jerami Grant could be looking at a heavy workload Friday. Monday, 9:49 am
  • Rubio, LaVine, Wiggins, Dieng, Towns resting
    Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns will all be rested for Sunday's preseason game against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back set during the preseason, meaning there was no way any of these guys were going to take the floor tonight, not even for Tom Thibodeau. Kris Dunn is going to be very busy. Oct 16, 3:55 pm
  • Clint Capela could lose burn?
    Clint Capela scored nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in just 12 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: His minutes are no longer safe with coach Mike D'Antoni liking Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Capela is a solid guy to have around the rim, but his offensive deficiencies have been well documented. He's only a last-round flier until he can show he's capable of locking down minutes in the 20s. Oct 15, 8:57 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 23 points vs. Heat
    Andrew Wiggins scored a preseason-high 23 points against the Heat on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 31 minutes.

    Advice: After he struggled to hit jumpers earlier this preseason, Wiggins went back to the well with his attacking style. Although, he did have four makes outside of the paint in this game. Wiggins does only have one 3-pointer in his four preseason games, so he might not be able to clear 1.0 per game this season. He's still a decent guy to take in the middle of drafts as long as you're not reaching up too high to get him. Oct 15, 8:20 pm
  • D'Antoni: Eric Gordon could start for Rockets
    Mike D'Antoni said that Eric Gordon could start over Patrick Beverley (knee) for the Rockets.

    Advice: D'Antoni said that Gordon isn't starting on Saturday because he wants to keep him in the role that he's expected to have when Beverley returns, but then added in the same breath that EJ could eventually start over Beverley. It doesn't sound like even D'Antoni is sure on exactly what he wants to do, but it's nice to have options. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Gordon should play closer to starter's minutes and looks like a good late-round source of 3-pointers and scoring so long as he remains on the court. Oct 15, 3:35 pm
  • Tony Allen is still out
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are likely going to hold him out for a little while longer. Given his injury history, there's little reason to draft The Grindfather almost anywhere. Oct 14, 3:37 pm
  • Gary Harris won't rule out season opener
    Gary Harris (groin) won't rule out playing in the season opener, but added that it's not a target date either.

    Advice: "I’m just going day by day, just trying to get better each day," Harris said. "That’s two weeks down the road: We’ll see. I’m just trying to get better each day." He got up some shots on Thursday and said he felt "fine," but he said that was the first day that he tried to do anything. A return in early November is probably a little more realistic, but savvy fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to pounce on his discounted price. Oct 14, 8:45 am
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