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  • 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
    29 minutes ago
  • 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
    39 minutes ago
  • 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
    59 minutes ago
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Toronto
    Jose Calderon (right calf) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but Calderon has struggled with health throughout his career, so that needs to be taken into account. However, we're still expecting Jose to be a go for opening night, and if he can stay healthy, he'll be a solid source of assists and 3-pointers, while keeping his turnovers to a minimum (career-average of 1.7 turnover per game). Shane Larkin will draw the start in Calderon's place. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:52 am
  • Rajon Rondo ramping up contact activities
    Rajon Rondo has been ramping up his contact activities, and the team’s medical staff will reevaluate him early next week.

    Advice: "Now it’s just a matter of getting clearance, really," said Stevens. "Because everything else, from a skill standpoint, from an understanding standpoint -- he’s been running our offense in 5-on-0, up and down the court, for 10 days now. And he picks it up pretty quickly anyways." Rondo hasn't yet been ruled out of the regular-season opener, and it looks like he's going to be on the early end of his initial 6-8 week timetable. If Rondo is unable to go for opening night, Marcus Smart will draw the start, however, his value will be short-lived with Rondo expected to return sooner rather than later. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:30 am
     
    Injured
  • Caldwell-Pope (knee) feeling more comfortable
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) is feeling more comfortable entering his second year in the league.

    Advice: "I’m very comfortable," Caldwell-Pope said. "My first year was just kind of up and down, which is what rookies go through, but I just feel more comfortable with my game now... I’m feeling more comfortable playing and shooting." KCP turned a lot of heads this summer, and averaged an impressive 19 points and 2.5 three-pointers through the first two-preseason games before going down with a knee strain, which caused him to miss the rest of preseason. However, KCP is expected to be ready for opening night, and with Jodie Meeks (back) sidelined for the first two months of the season, Caldwell-Pope will get plenty of time to shine. He makes for a solid late-round flier in standard leagues, and is a breakout candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:12 am
  • Otto Porter looking for a bounce-back season
    Otto Porter is looking to put last year's injury plagued rookie season behind him, and is looking to bounce-back during his sophomore year.

    Advice: "I’m thankful to be playing at 100 percent and getting better," Porter said. "I’m trying to play hard each and every time I step onto the court and hopefully everything else will take care of itself." Porter could start off the year as the team's shooting guard with Bradley Beal on the shelf for the first month of the season. He's been practicing at the two-guard position during practices, and during the final five preseason games he averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. There's a lot of upside here, and Porter looks like someone worth taking a late-round flier on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Patrick Beverley worked on his offensive game
    Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

    Advice: "I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Jason Richardson may not play this season
    76ers head coach Brett Brown stated during a recent interview that he feels "it will be a challenge" for Jason Richardson (knee) to suit up this season.

    Advice: Richardson wasn't able to suit up all of last season, and only made it through 33 games the previous year, so if he were to play there would definitely be some serious rust to shake off. Richardson is in the final years of his career, and it really doesn't make sense for the veteran to play any games for a tanking (rebuilding?) 76er squad. Whether he plays or not, he's certainly not worth wasting a draft pick on in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
  • 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
    Today, 6:33 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
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 14 in starting lineup
    Jae Crowder scored 14 points against the Pelicans on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He shot just 6-of-15 from the field and will come off the bench for the Mavericks. He will need a lot of things to happen to have fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Gal Mekel scores 17 in another nice line
    Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie makes pro debut vs. Philly
    Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Rajon Rondo ready for regular season?
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo (hand) "is more ready to roll than not."

    Advice: What this means is anyone's guess, but we're not ruling Rondo out for the season opener just yet. The 28-year-old has been practicing with a wrap over his surgically-repaired left hand and would be a week ahead of his original 6-8 week timetable if he's able to return for the opener. A return to the court would be bad news for Marcus Smart owners, while fantasy owners who took a mid-to-late round flier on Rondo would be rewarded with an extra week or two out of the point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 am
     
    Injured
  • 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
    Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Otto-matic: Porter drops 22 points vs. Knicks
    Otto Porter kept his momentum going against the Knicks in his 31 minutes in the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is absolutely rolling right now. Over his last five games, Porter averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. If he can consistently make triples, Porter could really be in for a fantastic sophomore season. He's on the radar in standard leagues and should start off strong while Bradley Beal (wrist) is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 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
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) cleared for some contact
    Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for some contact with a pad on his hand.

    Advice: He's still very doubtful for the opener, but he might be closer to the front end of the 6-8 week prognosis. Rondo is coming off his worst year since being a primary facilitator of the offense and his numbers didn't translate to fantasy in most formats. Fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:59 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • Jose Calderon (calf) won't play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (right calf) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Derek Fisher said he hopes to have Calderon out there on Friday and his calf strain is not considered serious. He's dealt with a slew of muscle pulls in his leg, so this injury shouldn't be completely dismissed. Still, he's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Shane Larkin will start and look to make an impact tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:52 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
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) will play Thursday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) has officially been cleared to play 18-20 minutes in Thursday's exhibition.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is an intriguing talent as a 6'6" combo guard, but he has limited appeal in re-draft fantasy leagues due to the Pistons' backcourt depth. We'll get our first look at him in an NBA game on Thursday, which is followed six days later by the Pistons' season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • 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
  • Patrick Beverley struggles on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:11 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
  • Jose Calderon hopes to play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Otto Porter going on a mid-range fest
    Otto Porter made 4-of-10 from the field on Monday for 12 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is living and dying by the mid-range jumper since Las Vegas, but the looks haven't been as clean as they were at Las Vegas Summer League. The Wizards are definitely going to use his length and they continue to play him a lot in the preseason. He's likely the beneficiary of the Brad Beal (wrist) injury, but he's more of a late-round pick in 14- and 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:07 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
  • Calderon leaves game with strained right calf
    Jose Calderon left Monday's exhibition with a strained right calf and did not return.

    Advice: Fisher said that injury is not serious and this will be one of many updates like this tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:05 pm
  • Rajon Rondo could return opening night?
    According to head coach Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo is "progressing great" from his broken hand, and there's a possibility he's able to suit up on opening night.

    Advice: Rondo didn't want to put an official date on his return, but he did say that his hand hasn't been bothering him. "When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me," said Rondo. "But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand." Rondo has yet to do any contact work, but there's a possibility he's cleared for that by the end of the week. Boston is going to be very careful with Rondo's recovery, but it's looking like he's making great progress, and even if he's not able to go for opening night, he could return within the first week of the regular season. This is also potentially bad news for Marcus Smart. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:15 am
     
    Injured
  • No contact for Rajon Rondo (left hand) yet
    Rajon Rondo (hand) said on Monday that he hasn't had any contact in practice yet.

    Advice: He said he doesn't know if he'll be ready for the opener and he doesn't "wanna put any set goals." Rondo had been very optimistic before this quote, so chances are he'll likely miss at least a week of the regular season. He wasn't very good last year in reality with the Celtics only going 6-24 with Rondo and his value in fantasy has taken a hit, as well. Fantasy owners should let someone else deal with him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 am
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) nearing a return
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) has been playing confidently and without hesitation during the Pistons' practices.

    Advice: "Physically, he looks fine and he's got great confidence. He doesn't seem to have hesitation on anything," said Stan Van Gundy. Perhaps Dinwiddie's impending return is the reason the Pistons felt comfortable shipping out backup point guard Will Bynum in their recent trade for Joel Anthony, and it's impressive that he's recovered so quickly from ACL surgery. However, Dinwiddie will enter a very crowded backcourt rotation in Detroit, and he should only be monitored in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Gal Mekel performs well in Saturday's game
    Gal Mekel started at point guard for the Mavericks and he did not disappoint by scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while adding nine assists, two steals, two rebounds, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The starters had the night off so Mekel got an extended look. Barring a trade, Mekel will not be worth owning in standard leagues as there are simply too many PGs on the Dallas roster. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:45 pm
  • Jae Crowder to get a look at point guard
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Jae Crowder will get a look as the third-string point guard on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavericks are resting their team, so Crowder is behind Gal Mekel and Doron Lamb. This probably isn't going to end well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:34 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
  • 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
  • Porter comes off bench despite Rice injury
    Otto Porter came off the bench on Friday despite the absence of Glen Rice Jr., finishing with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It's possible that Randy Wittman will want to keep Porter in his bench role to maintain continuity as guys like Rice and Bradley Beal return. Wittman used Garrett Temple as the starting two-guard tonight, and he managed eight points with two threes, two steals, one block and one assist in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:07 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
  • 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
  • The Wizards could start Otto Porter at SG
    There's a "strong chance" that the Wizards start Otto Porter at shooting guard, according to J. Michael of CSN Washington.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman said the team doesn't really have a two or a three, which makes sense with how Paul Pierce aligns himself on offense. Porter was a disaster in his rookie season due to injuries, but he was tremendous at Las Vegas Summer League, especially on offense. He's been red hot in his last four preseason games, making 59 percent of his shots for averages of 14.5 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 triples. He's creeping up into the standard-league conversation. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:38 am
  • Mavs shopping Gal Mekel in a trade
    The Mavs are looking to deal Gal Mekel in a trade.

    Advice: He's basically their fifth point guard, which is a little superfluous to say the least. Mekel is a solid pick-and-roll point guard and is a crafty passer, but he hasn't excelled at the NBA level yet. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Otto Porter's play impressing teammates
    Otto Porter's preseason play is receiving rave reviews from his teammates.

    Advice: "He's night and day," Kevin Seraphin said of Porter's play. "I told him that yesterday. I'm proud of him. He's really stepped up right now. He's more confident in everything. I love his game." After an injury-plagued rookie season, Porter has an opportunity in front of him with Brad Beal sidelined. While he'll still have to battle Paul Pierce and Glen Rice Jr. for minutes, Porter is worth late round flier in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:26 am
  • Otto Porter plays well in preseason win
    Otto Porter hit 7-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started in place of Paul Pierce, as the old man got the night off, and looked really good in doing so. He should get plenty of run on Thursday, as it appears Glen Rice won't play due to a sprained right ankle. Porter's still not a must-own player, but if he can earn a timeshare with Pierce, or start at SG while Brad Beal is out with his injury, Porter could end up being worth a late flier. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 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
  • 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
  • Patrick Beverley quiet in 21 minutes
    Patrick Beverley played 21 minutes but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three assists and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's got a chip on his shoulder and seems primed to be a better player this season, and also remains unchallenged to start at point guard for the Rockets. He's yet to really go off in the preseason, but is still a guy you'll want to target as a sleeper when you need a point guard late. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Jason Smith scores 14 off Knicks bench
    Jason Smith played 24 minutes and hit 5-of-10 shots for 14 points, five rebounds and one assist on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off knee surgery and made his season debut tonight. He played well and should eventually challenge Samuel Dalembert for the starting center job in New York. And if it happens, he'll be worth a late look in deep leagues by owners in need of a center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Jose Calderon invisible on Tuesday
    Jose Calderon started and played 26 minutes on Tuesday, but missed both his shots and finished with zero points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Not one of his better nights, but the starting job is his and he's a very efficient point guard. Once you need a starting PG at the end of your draft, he'll be a no-brainer option. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:54 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani out again w/ sore hamstring
    Andrea Bargnani's hamstring injury will sideline him again on Tuesday.

    Advice: His absence can be classified as 'precautionary' but we're still leery of him given his lengthy injury history. He's missed more than 25 percent of all available games since entering the NBA in 2006, and is coming off a dreadful 42-game campaign last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Wizards pick up Otto Porter's $4.7M option
    The Wizards have officially picked up Otto Porter's $4.7 million team option for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Porter's rookie year was a bust, and he never found his footing after coming into the year injured, but he's shown steady improvement this offseason and might crack the starting lineup with Bradley Beal (wrist) out of commission until late November. He has limited fantasy appeal but could be a cheap source of 3-pointers in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:58 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie hoping to play in preseason
    Spencer Dindwiddie (knee) is aiming to play in Detroit's final preseason game on October 23.

    Advice: Dinwiddie played full-speed 5-on-5 for the first time on Tuesday and looks to be close to a return from ACL surgery. Despite Jodie Meeks' recent injury, Dinwiddie's fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues as he'll have to fight for a spot in the Pistons' crowded backcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • Jae Crowder looking to expand game in 2014-15
    Jae Crowder is looking to expand his game beyond being a defensive stopper in 2014-15.

    Advice: Crowder has made a reputation for himself as one of the better defensive players in the league, but would like to expand his portfolio this season. "I’m trying to make plays on the other end, not just be one-dimensional," Crowder said. "I’m a much better player than just a defensive player...I’m just trying to grow my game and expand my game as much as possible." With Crowder facing a bit of a logjam at small forward with Chandler Parsons, Richard Jefferson, and Al-Farouq Aminu, there isn't much fantasy upside for the 24-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:03 am
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