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  • Steph Curry scores 35 points in 28 minutes
    Stephen Curry scored 35 points in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yeah, we get it. The Warriors are just too good. Curry's preseason scoring rate wasn't hurt too much this preseason, averaging 19.7 points, 4.0 boards, 3.9 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.4 treys in just 24.2 minutes. He's still a decent bet to be fantasy's top player. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Evan Turner Por - SG,SF
  • D'Angelo Russell puts up 17-7-6 line
    D'Angelo Russell made 5-of-14 from the field for 17 points on Friday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: This is the kind of game to show the type of upside Russell has. Even when he doesn't shoot the ball well, he adds output in several other categories. He'll be running the offense for basically his entire time on the court and offers added upside with steals, treys, dimes and more. There will be some bumps in the road, but Russell is in the mix as an early-round pick. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Jared Dudley gets 29 minutes
    Jared Dudley scored 11 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: His minutes should be in the upper 20s to start the year while the Suns groom their two top-10 picks at power forward. If you want a little boost early in the season, Dudley could definitely be a top-150 player in the first two months of the season. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 19.6 points per game
    Devin Booker made 5-of-17 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The shots will be there for Booker, but he had some major issues from the field after the break last year. Booker had a monster 34-point game to buoy his preseason five-game run to 19.6 points per game and help him get to 45.5 percent from the field. He appears to be penciled in to minutes in the 30-34 range and his assists should jump up to the 3-4 range. The upside is massive for the game's best teenager right now, but he will cost you a ton to leave little equity on top. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores nine
    Eric Bledsoe scored nine points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and five turnovers on Friday night.

    Advice: His assist rate did take a bit of a hit with his minutes next to Devin Booker, but it's not a strong enough correlation to draw any conclusions. Even if the rate does drop, Bledsoe lost weight and the Suns are absolutely flying in pace of play to negate that possible lost. The bottom line is Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history and his prospective owners can still pounce in the early rounds. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Eric Bledsoe Pho - PG,SG
  • Brandon Knight gets 27 minutes
    Brandon Knight played 27 minutes on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a dress rehearsal for the Suns, so the 27 minutes seem like a fair expectation for Knight. Coach Earl Watson looks like he wants to get Leandro Barbosa in the mix and gave him 16 minutes tonight, so that would eliminate a three-guard rotation. While Knight's value should still be solid in the second unit, his upside is capped. That said, he makes sense in the 75-100 window of a standard draft. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Jamal Murray had a rough preseason finale
    Jamal Murray made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in 22 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Most of that momentum he built up in the preseason was negated here. Murray continues to try to make plays that aren't there and isn't facilitating well enough at this early stage. Coach Mike Malone will have to figure out if he wants to trust Murray as a second-unit ball-handler. There is still just too much depth on Denver to draft Murray in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has another strong preseason
    Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That's a wrap for his preseason and he obviously dominated. In his five games, Leonard averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 treys in just 22.2 minutes per game. He's an elite option and should be coming off the board in the same neighborhood as Karl-Anthony Towns. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Pat Beverley (knee scope) out 3 weeks
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will undergo a minor surgical scope on his left knee early next week.

    Advice: He is expected to miss three weeks, which is a slightly better prognosis than what coach Mike D'Antoni said with Beverley possibly missing 20 games. The Rockets are going to lean more on Eric Gordon and James Harden to take on most of their guard minutes while Pablo Prigioni, K.J. McDaniels and Tyler Ennis could fill in the gaps. Yesterday, 9:34 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. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni returns on Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) returned on Friday with 10 points, one assist and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He may not have been 100 percent, but coach Mike D'Antoni wanted to get a look at him. It's still unclear how the Rockets will handle the point guard minutes behind James Harden, but there likely won't be enough to matter for Prigioni to have value. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Tyler Ennis scores six points
    Tyler Ennis scored six points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 21 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had a chance to get into the rotation, but he didn't really help himself. Ennis will have to battle with Pablo Prigioni for minutes, but there likely won't be enough minutes to matter anyway. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Spanish Chocolate starts, scores 13
    Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes during his start on Friday.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell started the second half, so this position battle is still unclear. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is going to miss the start of the season and it's still possible he needs surgery. Both Rodriguez and McConnell should be looking at a split of the minutes. Spanish Chocolate has the higher upside, so he's the better pick in deep leagues. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Goran Dragic finishes up a strong preseason
    Goran Dragic scored 17 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and three turnovers on on Friday.

    Advice: It was a strong preseason for Dragic, averaging 13.5 points, 3.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 treys on 55.2 percent from the field in 25.6 minutes. There are a lot of shots to go around with high-usage Dwyane Wade in Chicago, so Dragic has upside as a top-50 pick. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Pat Beverley expected to miss 20 games
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said Pat Beverley (knee) is expected to miss about 20 games.

    Advice: The timetable is about the same whether he waits it out or has surgery, so we still don't know the treatment plan. Whatever the case, if he misses 20 games, that puts his target date at Dec. 5 against the Celtics -- he could miss fewer than that, though. James Harden is going to get the starting job and play massive minutes. After that, it looks like Tyler Ennis is next in line. Eric Gordon is also locked in for minutes at SG with Harden at the point. Yesterday, 7:51 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. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Zach LaVine Min - PG,SG
  • Rodney McGruder jams finger on Friday
    Rodney McGruder (jammed left middle finger) will not return to Friday's game against the Sixers.

    Advice: Hopefully he's OK because it looks like he's earned the last roster spot. Beno Udrih and Briante Weber were not playing while Tyler Johnson was playing straight PG. Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Rubio, LaVine, Rush, Dieng & KAT to start
    Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Brandon Rush, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns will start on Friday.

    Advice: With the starters expected to play into the fourth, we should get a good amount of run from their four usual starters. Andrew Wiggins (illness) is out, so expect Rush and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) to split the SF minutes. Yesterday, 4:56 pm
  • Ennis, KJ, Brewer, Ryno & Nene to start
    Nene, Ryan Anderson, K.J. McDaniels, Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis will start on Friday.

    Advice: Nene isn't going to play a lot with the Rockets giving their guys a night off. This will be a big chance for Ennis to show he can get in the rotation behind James Harden while Pat Beverley (knee) is on the shelf. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) out at least 2 weeks
    Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Advice: That officially rules him out to start the season. Bayless will not need surgery at this time and hopefully he can be cleared in two weeks. He has been a bit of a slow healer, so it's possible he misses more time. Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell will handle the PG minutes. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Goran Dragic back for Friday
    Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside will play on Friday.

    Advice: Dragic got the night off on Thursday to get some rest. The Heat have most of their guys back for this game, but coach Erik Spoelsta did say the Heat key guys will play "a few minutes." Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid will start on Friday.

    Advice: This seems like a tune up for the 76ers and maybe it means Rodriguez starts the opener. For what it's worth, this group was together in their scrimmage on Thursday. There still isn't enough upside to draft Rodriguez in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dealing with illness
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with an illness on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to attend the pizza event in Milwaukee because of the illness. He has a few days to get well before the opener and should be ready to go. Antetokounmpo isn't going to be the "point guard" on the roster, but he'll be running the offense. His upside is massive. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Dennis Schroder not feeling pressure
    Dennis Schroder said he's not feeling pressure as the new starting point guard.

    Advice: "They say it’s my team," Schroder said. "I’m the point guard. For me, pressure is not really there because I’ve got so many guys who play on a [high] level." He's looked fine in the preseason and has even assisted Dwight Howard eight times during the preseason. We did see coach Mike Budenholzer put him in the doghouse for guys like Shelvin Mack, but Schroder seems to be locked in for minutes in the mid 30s. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Bulls waive Dinwiddie on Friday
    Bulls waive G Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall on Thursday with Dinwiddie getting bumped from the rotation due to the Michael Carter-Williams deal. The former Piston looked good at times this month and even dropped a 19-pointer, so expect him to sign on somewhere else. Yesterday, 11:49 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 10:15 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. Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Harden, Ariza, Capela, Gordon out Friday
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Yesterday, 9:05 am
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Marcus Smart's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Marcus Smart's sprained left ankle came back clean.

    Advice: This is good news, but there is no update to Smart's timetable and his return will depend on how well his ankle responds to treatment. We'll consider him questionable for the season opener, while preseason star Terry Rozier would be in line for a significant bump in minutes if Smart can't go. Yesterday, 8:37 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. Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Rodney McGruder locking up spot?
    Rodney McGruder was terrific off the bench on Thursday, scoring a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He is fighting for the 15th roster spot and he probably earned it with this game. McGruder was a D-League scoring dynamo and can play multiple positions for coach Erik Spoelstra. Even if he makes the team, he likely won't be in the rotation. Thursday, 6:33 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
  • Goran Dragic (rest) out Thursday vs. Hornets
    Goran Dragic (rest) will sit out Thursday's preseason game against the Hornets.

    Advice: It's the first game of a back-to-back set, so it's not surprising at all to see Erik Spoelstra dish out a rest day to the 30-year-old veteran. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (blood clots) no longer in Miami, Dragic should easily be able to put up top-60 value as one of Miami's primary offensive weapons. Thursday, 2:37 pm
    New Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder) is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Spurs.

    Advice: If there's any doubt about the health of Prigioni's shoulder, you can bet that he won't be taking the court Friday night. Prigioni will turn 40 years old this season, and is not worth a draft pick in any setting. Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) questionable for opener
    Danny Ainge said that it's unclear if Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) will be ready for Boston's regular season opener against the Nets on October 26.

    Advice: "Obviously we’ll be very careful with him," Ainge said. "The next few days we’ll have a better indication on Marcus’ ankle and how much it swells. It didn’t seem to be a terrible one, and yet he was in some pain so it is a little bit concerning." Smart was spotted leaving the TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and Boston beat reporters have speculated that he's looking at a two-week absence, so it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by opening night. Terry Rozier will benefit most in Smart's absence, while Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas will log extended minutes. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Steph Curry pours in 32 points w/ full line
    The Warriors beat the Lakers 123-112 on Wednesday, led by Steph Curry's 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting with six 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Steph shot 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line in a prime example of the Warriors' stat-happy attack -- Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all filled up the boxscore despite playing no more than 32 minutes. Sure, this came against a Lakers team which ranked dead-last in defensive efficiency last year, but it doesn't negate the fact that Steph is a truly elite fantasy option in any format. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • 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
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) to be reevaluated Thurs
    Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) exited TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and he will be reevaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: "Early indications are that it looks like it will hopefully [be] not too long term," said coach Brad Stevens. Multiple beat writers have suggested a loose two-week timetable for Smart's return, which is good news for fantasy owners -- he turned the ankle badly, but seems to have avoided a high-ankle sprain. Terry Rozier would be the biggest winner if Smart misses any games, with Avery Bradley also stepping into some extra playing time. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Brandon Rush starts for Andrew Wiggins
    Brandon Rush filled in as a starter for Andrew Wiggins (illness) on Wednesday, posting nine points on 3-of-8 shooting with five assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad was also resting with a sore hip, which thrust Rush into a much bigger role than usual. The veteran is little more than a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Report: Marcus Smart (ankle) likely out 2 wks
    Marcus Smart's left ankle sprain is expected to sideline him for "a couple weeks," according to beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: Smart rolled his ankle after stepping on someone's foot and he left the court without putting weight on his left leg, so this is an optimistic update. He's injured the same ankle before but this time "it doesn’t appear to be as bad," so presumably it's not a dreaded high-ankle sprain. A return in exactly two weeks would cost Smart the first three games of the Celtics' regular season, but we should have a more definitive timetable in the coming days. Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier stand to gain the most in his absence. Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) limps to the locker room
    Marcus Smart rolled his left ankle and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good. Smart stepped on Justin Holiday's foot and his ankle rolled badly. He could not put any weight on his left leg and needed help to the locker room. He's obviously done for tonight and is likely getting X-rays. If he's out, Terry Rozier would be a hot pickup in most leagues. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting?
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid were playing together on a scrimmage.

    Advice: It's a toss up for Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell to start in the opener. It looks like Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is not going to be ready for the opener, which means there should be a lot of minutes available. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Brandon Rush getting a start
    Brandon Rush will start on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played mostly behind Zach LaVine, but Rush has played a ton of small forward in his career. Rush actually looks like he has the inside track for the last rotation spot in the regular season. Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is still out
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) and Prigioni out, James Harden is going to handle most of the point guard minutes. Tyler Ennis should be in the rotation with around 15-20 minutes tonight. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Patrick Beverley out through preseason
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play in the preseason.

    Advice: He may need surgery on his knee and could miss time in the regular season regardless of the treatment plan. There's always a lot of buzz around a Mike D'Antoni point guard, but it turns out that guy may be James Harden. With Beverley out, Eric Gordon benefits the most. Wednesday, 11:31 am
  • 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
  • No decision made on treatment for Bayless
    The 76ers are still consulting with medical specialist regarding Jerryd Bayless' left wrist injury.

    Advice: Bayless remains without an official timetable to return, and all we really know at this point is that the results of last week's MRI were not positive, according to Bayless. T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez will continue to split minutes at the point guard slot while Bayless is sidelined, and it's looking like McConnell could be Philly's starting point guard on opening night. With no definitive timetable on Bayless, he's a bit too risky to draft in standard settings. Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
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    Evan Turner Por - SG,SF
  • Patrick Beverley may need surgery on knee
    Patrick Beverley may need surgery on his left knee according to ESPN.

    Advice: Wow. He's missed the last four games with "knee irritation," and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni hinted last week that he's not expecting him to be ready for the regular season. Beverley will undergo further evaluations this week before a final determination is made, but this takes him off the standard-league radar until we know more. Eric Gordon gets a bump with this news and should start next to James Harden. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Jamal Murray struggles Tuesday
    Jamal Murray hit just 4-of-16 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with nine points, three boards, three assists, a steal and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's had some nice games in the preseason but never got his shot going tonight. He's a fun rookie to keep an eye on, but still isn't worth drafting in most standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 13 points
    Dennis Schroder scored 13 points vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: One of the biggest concerns about Schroder is that he shot 42.1 percent from the field last season, but through four preseason games he's up to 45.9 percent. It's a small sample size, but he does look more confident. He should be able to clear 30 minutes per night this season as the full-time starter and it helps that Jarrett Jack (knee) won't be ready for the opener. If you're targeting assists, he's a nice mid-round option. Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 17 in return
    Goran Dragic returned from a day of rest on Tuesday to hit 8-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and a block.

    Advice: He's locked and loaded as the Heat's No. 1 point guard and is now also one of their better offensive weapons. He should be poised for a big season as long as he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 7:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Report: MIA not interested in trading Dragic
    The Heat are reportedly uninterested in trading away Goran Dragic.

    Advice: An earlier report indicated that the Kings and Heat had discussed a potential trade that would send Dragic to Sacramento in exchange for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison, but sources of the Miami Herald say that Pat Riley wants to get a sense of what he has and how Dragic can work with the new-look Heat before considering any trade scenarios. If anything does happen on the trade front in Miami, it's unlikely we see any movement until December. Tuesday, 2:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Patrick Beverley likely to miss season opener
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) is likely to miss the season opener.

    Advice: Beverley is trying to work his way back from irritation in his left knee, and head coach Mike D'Antoni isn't counting on him for the opener. "We'll know more by the end of the week," D'Antoni said. "I'm not counting on [Beverley returning by the season opener]. Can't count on that." Beverley could lose his starting SG job to Eric Gordon by the time he returns, and isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • Marcus Smart goes scoreless in 13 minutes
    Marcus Smart was scoreless in 13 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, missing a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did add four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and two turnovers, but his 3-point shooting continues to be a glaring concern -- he shot 25.3 percent from deep last season and is just 3-of-19 (15.7percent) through six preseason games. He's still a nice source of steals, dimes and treys, but his shooting percentages could really limit his upside. Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 21 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a preseason high 21 points vs. the Pistons on Monday, adding six boards, four assists, one trey and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: After a slow start to the preseason, Giannis finally looks like he's worth all the hype. He finished 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, and added his second 3-pointer through five games. He needs to reel in the turnovers, but Giannis is still locked and loaded as a mid-first round pick in standard leagues. Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Delly, Giannis, Parker, Mirza, Miles to start
    Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Mirza Teletovic and Miles Plumlee are the expected starters vs. the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Interesting. Malcolm Brogdon was the listed starter, but Teletovic was running with the starters during warmups. The Bucks really need Teletovic's floor spacing this season, so he's a sneaky late-round pick for his upside in treys. Giannis should be busy tonight and could see an uptick in assists with Teletovic on the floor. Monday, 4:04 pm
  • Devin Booker (ankle) back at practice
    Devin Booker (ankle) went through Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: His ankle injury was never really a concern. Booker is still leading the NBA in scoring per game and it looks like the Suns will play him over 30 minutes as the starting shooting guard. He's also likely to get a handful of minutes at small forward due to his added post game and interior passing. Booker is a breakout pick, but he is going to cost you. Monday, 12:54 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 3:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Zach LaVine Min - PG,SG
  • Schroder, Bazemore, Korver, Howard out Sunday
    Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver and Dwight Howard will all be rested for Sunday's exhibition matchup against the Magic.

    Advice: It's just an off-day for the veterans for Sunday's meaningless game. Expect to see more Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince and Walter Tavares with the offense flowing through Paul Millsap while he's on the court. Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Brown: Sergio tried to run too many plays
    Brett Brown said that Sergio Rodriguez was running too many plays vs. the Pistons on Saturday instead of just going out there and playing.

    Advice: "He's elusive in open court," Brown said. "He's got a feel. He's slippery with his handle and his vision. So I want him to play more like he's always played." Rodriguez got the start at PG, but struggled with three points on 1-for-5 shooting with seven dimes, one rebound, one steal, and three turnovers. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) could be looking at an extended absence, so Rodriguez could be sneaky pickup in deeper leagues for owners targeting assists. Sunday, 10:13 am
  • James Harden just misses a triple-double
    James Harden almost dropped a preseason triple-double on Saturday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and seven turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: There really is nothing left to say on Harden. He's going to have numerous monster lines in a breakneck-pace offense as the team's "point guard" this season and should be among the league leaders in points, assists, threes and steals. He makes an extremely strong case as the top pick in almost any fantasy format. Saturday, 9:11 pm
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo getting more PG run?
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks on Saturday.

    Advice: With Michael Carter-Williams likely heading to Chicago, it looks like we'll be seeing more of P-Giannis. He's not having the strongest preseason with only a 61.9 free throw percentage and making just 33.3 percent on his jumpers. Whatever the case, Antetokounmpo is still locked and loaded as a mid-first pick in standard leagues. Saturday, 8:48 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. Saturday, 3:35 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play Sat.
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder sprain) will not play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was doubtful coming in, so this isn't a surprise. Tyler Ennis could see some extended minutes with Patrick Beverley (knee) sidelined, as well. Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Goran Dragic (rest) will not play on Saturday
    Goran Dragic (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Dragic is dealing with a minor knee ailment, so the Heat won't take any chances. He is currently undervalued in fantasy drafts and makes for a prime time bounce-back candidate. Even if he has burned you in the past, do not be shy in targeting him. Life after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh is going to be all about Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. Saturday, 2:58 pm
    New Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Goran Dragic reiterates he's happy with Heat
    Goran Dragic recently reiterated that he's happy to be with the Heat.

    Advice: Some of his recent words were twisted to provide the perception that he was unhappy in Miami, but that is not at all the case. "I do not have any comments about not wanting to be here," he said. "That is nonsense. I'm happy here. This is the team that I want to be a part of. And I feel great. I feel comfortable. We are building something here that is totally new, but I have a lot of confidence that we’re going to succeed, because we have a lot of young talent that is working hard. I feel awesome." Saturday, 2:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Walton challenges Russell to improve defense
    Luke Walton challenged D'Angelo Russell to improve his defense.

    Advice: The head coach began by stating that D-Lo played a "complete game" on the offensive end of the floor, but his defense remains a major work in progress and is James Harden-esque at times right now. The reality is that D-Lo is still learning how to balance his game on both sides of the ball, and it's to be expected that his offense is ahead of his defense. If Russell can step up his game on D, his fantasy value will continue to move in the right direction. Saturday, 1:17 pm
  • Dennis Schroder unlikely to get an extension?
    The Hawks are taking a wait-and-see approach in regards to Dennis Schroder's contract situation.

    Advice: The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague in order to give Schroder the keys to the offense, and even though they are obviously very high on him, they want to see how he looks as the full-time starter before beginning contract talks. The deadline for an extension is Oct. 31. He is averaging 10.6 points and 5.3 assists in 22.6 minutes through three preseason games. Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Brandon Knight gets 25 minutes
    Brandon Knight (knee) returned to action and made his first start of the preseason on Friday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Devin Booker (ankle) did not play in this game and coach Earl Watson decided to go back to his old backcourt starters from last year. Knight is going to come off the bench this year, which isn't a bad thing for a guy who can score and dish to his young teammates. Knight is still a decent target in the later middle rounds. Friday, 9:46 pm
  • Jamal Murray looking better at PG, scores 16
    Jamal Murray looked more comfortable in an overtime loss on Friday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He ran a lot of point guard in this game with Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) going down due to injury. Murray has been very vocal about wanting to play some point and he might have a big chance while Mudiay is on the shelf. His value in keeper leagues looks more promising, but he's still only a target in deeper re-draft leagues for now. Friday, 9:18 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 22 points in OT win
    Stephen Curry turned in his best game of the preseason on Friday, scoring 22 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: There hasn't been any reason to worry about Curry since the first preseason game. In his last three, he's averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 boards, 4.7 dimes, 2.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.3 treys in just 25.3 minutes per game. Curry is very unlikely to match his 30.1 points and 34.2 minutes per game from last year, but that's fine for a guy who had one of the most legendary fantasy seasons of all time. Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Brandon Knight will play; Alex Len will not
    Brandon Knight (knee) will play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: His left knee tendinitis is not a concern and he should be good to go. Knight will come off the bench and should have a big-time usage rate and good assist numbers. Friday, 6:34 pm
  • Devin Booker will not play on Friday
    Devin Booker (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Mavs.

    Advice: It's too bad for one of the most exciting teenagers in the NBA. Booker actually leads the NBA in preseason scoring per game thanks to his impressive 34-point gem from last weekend. The Suns seem to be ready to unleash him as a scorer, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy as well as fellow sophomore D'Angelo Russell. Booker is an upside pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 2:20 pm
  • Brandon Knight questionable for Friday
    Brandon Knight (knee) is questionable to play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to some left knee tendinitis. Knight hasn't had any noteworthy knee issues since 2013 and that was to his right knee. The fact that he's questionable for a preseason game is strong enough evidence that this isn't serious. Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez to start at PG Saturday
    Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard on Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell will move to the bench. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) has no timetable to return and his injury could be serious, so the 76ers want to see how Rodriguez looks in the first unit. Through five preseason games he's averaging 5.6 points, 5.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 3-pointer, 1.0 steal and 3.0 turnovers per game. Friday, 10:38 am
  • Patrick Beverley could miss a week or two
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) could miss a week or two according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: The season starts in less than two weeks, so this report means that Beverley's status for the opener is up in the air. Beverley was expected to start next to Harden this season, but Eric Gordon has looked great in the preseason and could steal the job. Beverley is still not practicing with the team. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) doubtful Saturday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: It's a left shoulder sprain, so he's not going to play in a meaningless game. Regardless, Prigioni will not have any fantasy value as the third-string PG in Houston. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Patrick Beverley (sore knee) out Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: He still isn't practicing and the Rockets haven't provided a timetable. A report on Thursday indicated that Beverley is "feeling better," but we won't have any more clarity for a couple more days. Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful, so James Harden and Eric Gordon could be busy. Friday, 9:53 am
  • 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. Friday, 8:45 am
  • Devin Booker (ankle) questionable Friday
    Devin Booker (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He is dealing with a right ankle sprain that held him out of Thursday's practice. The Suns will be cautious during the preseason, so he's probably a little closer to doubtful. Booker leads the NBA in scoring during the preseason with averages of 21.5 points in just 25.2 minutes per game, adding 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals. He's 19 years old. Expect the Suns to get a long look at Archie Goodwin if Booker sits. Friday, 8:05 am
  • Evan Turner slowly adjusting to new team
    Evan Turner said that he is slowly adjusting to his new teammates.

    Advice: "A week ago I had so much trouble with the new plays,’’ Turner said. "Now, I’m more familiar with the plays, it’s just on the fly decisions, knowing in .6 of a second who to get where and how.’’ Turner ran the offense for the second unit on Thursday vs. the Clippers, but he really struggled and coach Terry Stotts said he is "still finding his way.’’ He's averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25.5 minutes during the preseason, shooting 37.5 percent from the field. As for the starting SF role, Turner has started one game compared to two for Moe Harkless, while Allen Crabbe has one as well. Friday, 7:01 am
    New Player Note
    Evan Turner Por - SG,SF
  • Brown says Bayless doesn't have a timetable
    76ers coach Brett Brown said that Jerryd Bayless (wrist) doesn't have a timetable to return.

    Advice: "It's still uncertain," Brown said. "I think soon we are going to make some level of an announcement. But we are still trying to learn everything we can and do this with him out of respect for his future, his current health." Bayless admitted that the results of last week's MRI were not good, and the 76ers are expected to run more tests in the coming days. The 76ers could add another PG to the mix, but right now it appears that T.J. McConnell will start with Sergio Rodriguez backing him up. Friday, 6:29 am
  • Up Loading: D'Angelo Russell goes off again
    D'Angelo Russell went bonkers yet again on Thursday, scoring 31 points on 10-of-14 from the field with one rebound, 11 assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The rep grows bigger for D-Loading. It's the second time he's scored more than 30 points this week and his 11 dimes are just one fewer than his 12 in the previous four. Russell is getting all the hype from the Lakers and their coaching staff this month, which isn't hard to believe given the favorable situation with coach Luke Walton. He's on the short list of major breakout players and will now likely cost you a top-50 pick. He looks like he'll be worth it. Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Dennis Schroder has best game of month
    Dennis Schroder played 29 minutes against the Pistons on Thursday, totaling 17 points, three rebounds, nine assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's by far his best game with preseason highs in every category except for steals. Schroder only plays 28.8 minutes per game in his six starts last year, but he should be able to clear 30 minutes this year. As long as you're OK with some sub-par shooting, Schroder should be a decent pick in the middle rounds. Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Marcus Smart has another solid showing
    Marcus Smart scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one turnover in 22 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He's having himself a really nice month. On his two-pointers in the preseason, he's made 60 percent, but he is at 14.3 percent from deep. Smart looks like he could pick up some minutes with Evan Turner in Portland. His upside is really nice for steals, dimes and treys, so he's worth a look late in drafts. Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Schroder, Baze, Korver, Humphries, D12 start
    Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver, Kris Humphries and Dwight Howard will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Head coach Mike Budenholzer said that his starters will play a bit more than the 22-23 minutes they played on Monday night, and that trend should continue as we get closer to the regular season. It'll be interesting to see if Schroder can get things going tonight with a more favorable matchup against the Pistons. Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to win in MIL
    Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to win a championship in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Alphabet said he thinks the Bucks have the pieces to build a championship roster and hopes to win (and stay) in Milwaukee for a long time. "I’ve become very attached to Milwaukee," Antetokounmpo said. "The thought that I might not win a championship in my career doesn’t even exist in my mind. I will win at some point! I will do everything to win a championship." The 21-year-old is a triple-double threat on any given night and is worth a first-round pick due to his ability to fill up the stat sheet. Thursday, 6:20 am
  • Patrick Beverley (sore knee) 'feeling better'
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) is reportedly "feeling better" and his status will be clarified later this week.

    Advice: Bev didn't travel overseas with the Rockets and the severity of his injury is unclear, but it doesn't sound too serious. His upside is limited as a point guard who shoots a low percentage, doesn't get many assists, and has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Jared Dudley (right knee) logs 15 minutes
    Jared Dudley (right knee tendinitis) finished Wednesday's preseason game with two points, three boards, three assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: The veteran played 15 minutes and the knee tendinitis that bothered him last week seems like a non-factor. He's worth a look in 16-team drafts. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Jamal Murray steps up in 25 mins as starter
    Nuggets rookie Jamal Murray got the start on Wednesday and responded with 14 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and just one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Murray hit 4-of-9 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, and his natural scoring ability is obvious. Will Barton could start at SG if Gary Harris (groin) isn't ready for opening night, however, and Murray is much more appealing in keeper/dynasty leagues. Wednesday, 7:46 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 20/6/5 in defeat
    Giannis Antetokounmpo notched 20 points, six assists, five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes during the Bucks' 101-83 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giannis will be a triple-double threat every time he takes the court this season, so get used to these stat-stuffing lines. The absence of Khris Middleton puts even more pressure on Antetokounmpo as the team's de facto leading scorer and point guard, so his usage rate figures to be limitless. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Brandon Knight out w/ left knee tendinitis
    Brandon Knight won't play on Wednesday due to left knee tendinitis.

    Advice: The Suns' sixth-man doesn't have a history of left knee injuries, so presumably his absence is a mere precaution. Guys like Tyler Ulis, Archie Goodwin and Leandro Barbosa will need to shoulder a bigger load in Knight's absence. Consider him questionable to return vs. Dallas on Friday. Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Wolves start usual lineup w/ Dunn off bench
    The Wolves will start Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau is getting another look at a potential opening-night lineup, in which case Kris Dunn would be deployed as a reserve. To be clear, Thibs hasn't yet committed to a particular starting backcourt. Wednesday, 4:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Zach LaVine Min - PG,SG
  • Kawhi, Parker and David Lee out Wednesday
    Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a quiet month for Kyle Anderson, but now is his chance. With these three players all resting, Anderson should get minutes in a bunch of different roles tonight. Leonard is an elite option in fantasy. Wednesday, 2:46 pm
  • Walton unconcerned w/ Russell's poor shooting
    Luke Walton was not at all concerned with D'Angelo Russell's 6-of-21 shooting performance during Tuesday's 109-106 preseason loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: "I encourage him to keep shooting them if he’s open," Walton said. "Obviously it’s a feel thing, but there’s times he can. I think tonight he should have looked more to get some of his teammates looks. It’s not like he’s taking terrible shots to get shots up. A lot of the ones he was getting were wide open so I have no problem with him ever taking wide open shots. Next time I’ll assume they’ll go in." What a stark contrast from Byron Scott. Russell is playing with confidence under Walton, and we're not going to downgrade the former No. 2 overall selection much based on one bad preseason game. Wednesday, 9:35 am
  • James Harden posts 14-8-6 line in 24 minutes
    James Harden racked up the stats in limited minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Pelicans, registering 14 points, eight assists, six boards, one steal and five turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, the turnovers will likely be an issue for Harden this season, but his ridiculous stat lines will make that easy to forgive. He’ll be a popular No. 1 overall target on draft day, and justifiably so. Trevor Ariza finished the game with nine points, four boards, one triple and two steals, while Ryan Anderson tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, one triple, one block and one turnover through 22 minutes of action. Wednesday, 7:24 am
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Pablo Prigioni leaves game w/ shoulder injury
    Pablo Prigioni was forced out of Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans with a strained left shoulder, and he will not return.

    Advice: Prigioni took a hard hit from Alexis Ajinca, and that was enough to end the 39-year-old's evening. Prigioni will have a negligible role behind Patrick Beverley this season, so he's not worth drafting in any format. Wednesday, 6:24 am
  • Evan Turner scores nine points in start
    Evan Turner started at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting with five assists, three steals, one block and one trey in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The starting SF role is still up for grabs and Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe have each started a game in the preseason as well. It's not clear who has the edge right now, as all three players bring something unique to the table. Turner doesn't have a lot of upside in standard leagues, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if he came off the bench because his usage rate will be higher if the Blazers stagger his minutes with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Evan Turner Por - SG,SF
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