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  • Meyers Leonard cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

    Advice: He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues. Today, 7:00 pm
  • Noel doesn't see a way of it working out?
    Nerlens Noel said he doesn't see a way for the 76ers logjam at center to work out.

    Advice: "I don't think it makes too much sense to come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position," said Noel. He's not wrong. The 76ers were a disaster when using Noel next to Jahlil Okafor last year, posting a putrid minus-20.0 in net rating in those 696 minutes -- those minutes accounted for 43.7 percent of Okafor's playing time, too. On the nights Joel Embiid isn't resting, coach Brett Brown might have to split 48 minutes three ways. Today, 5:24 pm
  • Rudy Gay confirms shockwave & PRP treatment
    Rudy Gay confirmed he had shockwave and platelet-rich plasma treatment on his Achilles this summer.

    Advice: He added he feels the best he has in years. Health aside, there are a lot of rumors surrounding Gay in the trade market. Owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined" to keep the 30-year-old forward, but we'll see if they can keep things in order. A trade would likely hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's not a great target in the middle rounds these days. Today, 5:17 pm
  • Monroe says coming off bench is news to him
    Greg Monroe said on Monday coming off the bench is news to him.

    Advice: Earlier today, coach Jason Kidd said Monroe will be going into training camp in the second unit. With all the talk of Monroe being on the block this summer, things could go south quickly for the Bucks big man. Monroe was really effective off the bench last year, so the news of him coming off the bench isn't really a fantasy downgrade. Today, 4:09 pm
  • Serge Ibaka wants to be in Orlando forever
    Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

    Advice: General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round. Today, 3:24 pm
  • McMillan: Paul George is a 'versatile SF'
    Paul George said he's willing to play some minutes as a power forward, but coach Nate McMillan referred to him as a "versatile [small forward]."

    Advice: The Pacers tried to start George at PF last season but he was vocal about his desire to remain a SF. The addition of Thaddeus Young this offseason means that George can stick to his favored position more often, and a faster-paced offense should result in another elite campaign for the 26-year-old All-Star. Today, 3:05 pm
  • Lavoy Allen has to earn some minutes
    Coach Nate McMillan said Lavoy Allen is "going to have to make me play him with what he does on the floor."

    Advice: Allen previously said he's hoping for a double-double average, so that seems just a little unlikely. With Myles Turner locked in to bigger minutes, Al Jefferson backing him up, and C.J. Miles slated to play more four, there's not much here for Allen. Today, 2:55 pm
  • Mason Plumlee worked on his jumper
    Mason Plumlee said he's developing his jumper.

    Advice: He only made 28.1 percent of his jumpers last season, which accounts for just 32.1 percent of his shot total. The Blazers are going to go smaller 1-4, so Plumlee will face stiffer competition for minutes at the five from Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli. He's only a late-round flier with a somewhat low upside. Today, 2:43 pm
  • Paul Millsap says his knee feels good
    Paul Millsap said his knee "feels good right now."

    Advice: "The decision [to have the procedure] came when there was constant swelling," Millsap said. "I would have swelling and I would rest it for a few days. It would go down but came right back when I got on [the court]." He's been remarkably durable in his career and hasn't missed a game due to knee issues since 2014. Although, he did have some knee issues in 2008-09. Millsap is still someone to target at the first turn of standard drafts. Today, 2:32 pm
  • Greg Monroe, Carter-Williams to 2nd unit
    Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams will move to the bench to start training camp.

    Advice: They will be replaced by Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn. Monroe did come off the bench for 12 games last year and arguably played better in those, averaging 14.3 points, 9.0 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals on 52.9 percent from the field. There's plenty of talk of Monroe being moved in a trade, so maybe that is a factor here along with the Khris Middleton (hamstring) injury. Monroe is a decent pick in the late middle rounds of standard leagues. Today, 1:29 pm
  • Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn will start
    Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn are expected to start for the Bucks this season.

    Advice: Wow. Even with Greg Monroe on the trade block, this is surprising. The Bucks did give Plumlee a four-year, $52 million deal over the summer, so they clearly believe in him. The Bucks also have John Henson signed to a long-term deal, so they could have three centers vying for minutes unless a trade opens things up. Plumlee averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 14 starts last season, so he's not exactly an attractive fantasy asset. We should have more clarity once camp officially begins on Tuesday. Today, 1:25 pm
  • Harry B expects to play a lot of PF this year
    Harrison Barnes said he anticipates playing a lot of power forward this season.

    Advice: He added he expects those minutes to come next to Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell. Anyone who followed the Warriors knows about Barnes playing the stretch four in the vaunted Death Lineup, so this isn't uncharted waters. On the other hand, Barnes had just a 13.2 usage rate in that five-man lineup, so that number should definitely rise as a stretch four in Dallas. The Mavs are saying all the right things to put Harry B in a good spot, but he still has to show he can produce consistently. Barnes is a decent pick in the later middle rounds of standard drafts. Today, 1:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he grew an inch, up to 250
    Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight. Today, 12:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin, Chris Paul both 100 percent
    Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) both said on Monday that they are 100 percent.

    Advice: This means the Clippers will open training camp at full strength. Griffin spent most of the summer rehabbing, and while his recovery was abnormally long, hopefully the quad issue is in the rearview mirror. He's entering a contract year and the trade rumors have been buzzing, so his price in fantasy drafts has noticeably dropped. It will be interesting to see how he holds up during the preseason. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Bigger Boss Man: Ed Davis up to 245 pounds
    Ed Davis said he's up about 15-20 pounds from last year.

    Advice: The Boss sounds like he's going to play just center minutes. Coach Terry Stotts used him at power forward in matchup against bigger teams, but now it might be tougher for him to get minutes with Evan Turner around and Al-Farouq Aminu likely to play more four. Davis is only a pick in the late rounds of deep leagues. Today, 12:30 pm
  • Robert Covington wants to be more 3-and-D
    Robert Covington said he wants to be more of a three-and-D player.

    Advice: That's not a big change from what he is now. Whether the opposition's best offensive weapon is a shooting guard or small forward, it's usually RoCo stepping up for the tall defensive task. Regarding his treys, Covington ranked first among non-guards for attempts from deep after the break, making a respectable 37.3 percent from there. While the 76ers have added depth, it doesn't look like it'll hurt Covington. He's a very nice target in the late-middle rounds. Today, 12:07 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) without a timetable
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) doesn't have a set timetable to return according to Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.

    Advice: "He's progressing," Wallace said. "He had a good offseason. I just saw him in the weight room doing some things. He's back on a limited basis now; not totally fully cleared but has been progressing well." Wallace added that it's still unclear if Parsons will be ready for opening night. The versatile forward will be limited to non-contact drills early in camp, and he will continue to be reevaluated on a weekly basis. His upside is very real, but so are the durability concerns. Today, 11:39 am
  • Greg Monroe is the team leader off the court?
    New teammate Mirza Teletovic said he thinks Greg Monroe is the Bucks' leader off the court.

    Advice: This isn't really a big deal or anything, but we found it interesting based on the narrative of Monroe likely headed out of town. Of course, Teletovic just joined the team this summer, so he might not have a strong pulse on his new team. For now, it still seems like Monroe is a good bet to be traded. Today, 11:34 am
  • Patrick Patterson to be sixth man for Raptors
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey views Patrick Patterson as the team's "sixth starter."

    Advice: Patterson did add he doesn't have a preference as a starter or bench guy, but he wants a big role. Jared Sullinger will get the first shot at the starting PF role, but it obviously sounds like Patterson will comfortably see minutes in the 20s. Patterson is playing for a new deal, but he's not a great fantasy target after averaging 6.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 treys in 25.6 minutes per game last season. Today, 10:45 am
  • Malone won't reveal starting power forward
    Coach Mike Malone said he won't reveal his starting power forward for the season opener.

    Advice: He did say he knows the answer here, but he's going to keep it in house. Malone added he wants a lot of competition for that spot. Back in August, Malone said there is a "good chance" Kenneth Faried starts, so he's a heavy favorite. Nikola Jokic is fully expected to start at center, but the Nuggets could additionally use him as a non-starting power forward next to Jusuf Nurkic depending on game flow and matchups. Faried is more of a later-round pick these days. Today, 10:24 am
  • Hornets' lineup is set except for center
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starting lineup is set except for the center position.

    Advice: Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert will compete for the starting role, but Clifford simply said that they will both "play a lot." Neither player has much upside and Hibbert has been a ghost for the past two years, so a potential timeshare won't help. This is a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore. In case it needs to be said, Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are the confirmed starters at 1-4. Today, 10:13 am
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried. Today, 9:47 am
  • Drummond using virtual reality to improve FTs
    Andre Drummond said he is using virtual reality to improve his free throw percentage.

    Advice: You can't make this stuff up. Drummond said that he puts on a headset and watches himself making free throws at various angles. "They’re all makes, obviously, so it’s constantly watching myself shoot the same shot, over and over again, and now while I’m out there it’s second nature," he said. Drummond shot 35.5 percent from the line last season, so it's encouraging to see him so devoted to improve despite signing a max deal over the summer. His free throw shooting is the only thing holding him back from being an elite standard-league asset. Today, 9:24 am
  • Jeremy Evans won't be ready for opener
    Jeremy Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and may not be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he may use a nine-man rotation this season, so Evans isn't looking at minutes anyways. Ignore him in all fantasy formats. Today, 8:51 am
  • Noah (personal) will miss 1st day of camp
    Joakim Noah (personal) will miss the first day of training camp.

    Advice: He was excused from the Knicks' media day on Monday and is expected to join the team on Wednesday. He's tending to a family matter, so hopefully it's nothing serious. Noah will the starting center in New York after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal this summer. Today, 8:32 am
  • Jared Sullinger expected to start at PF
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that the starting PF role is Jared Sullinger's job to lose.

    Advice: Casey wants to see how Sullinger meshes with Jonas Valanciunas defensively before committing to this linuep, but the good news is that he's also expected to spend some time as the backup five. Casey also said that Sullinger has the green light from 3-point range, but fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited because he's just a career 27.6 percent shooter from deep. He's shaping up to be a decent flier in the later rounds, but his injury history is worrying. Today, 8:21 am
  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Today, 8:10 am
  • Nerlens Noel unhappy with Sixers' imbalance
    Nerlens Noel said on Sunday that the 76ers' "situation...with three starting centers" is "silly."

    Advice: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo admitted this summer that he is "absolutely not" comfortable with the logjam caused by Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid all vying for minutes. "I know I was shopped [in trades this offseason]," Noel said. "I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer." The Sixers' obvious need to unload a big man leaves them in a negative position, trade-wise, but it seems inevitable that one of their centers will finish the season in another jersey. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Anthony Davis on track for season opener
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • Drummond says he'll win rebound crown again
    Andre Drummond said he's going to win the rebounding crown again this season.

    Advice: Drummond also said he's "shed about 20 pounds" this summer. He's easily the favorite to finish first in boards again with his league-leading 14.8 boards per game last year. What's more, he led the NBA in boards per game in all but one month last year -- DeAndre Jordan was first in January. Nobody will question Drummond on the glass, but the 23-year-old big man really needs to improve on his shooting. Saturday, 7:36 pm
  • Report: Vivek Ranadive wants to keep Rudy Gay
    Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined to hold on to" Rudy Gay, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Despite Gay making it abundantly clear that he wants out and has no faith in the front office—we don't blame him for that stance—Ranadive isn't willing to give up on an attempt to retain him. Per Woj, Sacramento's owner believes Gay is a "vital talent," and he's told "associates that he believes he can change Gay's mind this year and persuade him to stay." It's hard to comprehend how Ranadive remains so far distanced from reality, and an argument could be made that this franchise has the most dysfunctional front office in the entire sport. Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • Pacers have standing max offer to Paul George
    The Pacers have a standing max contract offer to Paul George.

    Advice: Larry Bird wants to sign George to a max deal as soon as PG-13 is ready. "I know he don’t want to talk about it all year and I don’t either," Bird said. "We want Paul here and we know what it’s going to cost and what it’s going to take. If Paul wants to get a deal done, we will. It’s a max deal. There’s no others, so there’s no use talking about it. If he wants it, he’s got it." All the attention will now turn to George and his future plans as the Pacers prepare to begin the 2016-17 campaign. Saturday, 12:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah (shoulder) not facing restriction
    Joakim Noah (shoulder) is not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week.

    Advice: After appearing in just 29 games last season, Noah is fully healed and clearly motivated to silence a lot of critics and doubters. We like the on-paper fit in New York, but the charismatic center has to prove he can stay on the floor and be effective after signing a massive four-year, $72M deal this summer. Saturday, 11:57 am
  • Anthony Davis doing 'virtually' everything
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

    Advice: Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street. Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Darrell Arthur still not 100 percent
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

    Advice: He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Paul Millsap (knee procedure) out 3 weeks
    Paul Millsap recently underwent a "preventive knee procedure" and is expected to miss three weeks.

    Advice: Millsap's right knee flared up during some 5-on-5 games at voluntary workouts, and while he didn't need surgery, a procedure was performed to remove "mild swelling." The good news is that he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he will not participate in the first two games of the preseason. His status will be updated in three weeks, but this shouldn't impact his stock too much heading into fantasy drafts. Thursday, 3:27 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited for preseason
    Chandler Parsons (right knee) will be limited heading into the Grizzlies' training camp and preseason.

    Advice: Parsons is "participating in limited court activity" and will be re-evaluated weekly. He radiated optimism in a recent interview, saying that he was "building up that strength [in his knee] and getting more comfortable with it," but this is still an unnerving report for fantasy owners leery about his durability. His potential top-40 upside is diminished by two straight seasons marred by knee surgery, resulting in a quintessential risk-vs.-reward pick late in the middle rounds. Wednesday, 5:37 pm
  • PHI not aggressively shopping Noel, Okafor?
    Bryan Colangelo denied during a recent interview that the 76ers have been aggressively shopping Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: "Making a statement that absolutely something will be done is not necessarily the case," Colangelo said. "I think what I said over the course of the summer is there is no doubt that we got three talented players... But the notion that we were out shopping any of them and aggressively pushing to make a deal is not the case." What Colangelo actually said this summer was that the roster was "unbalanced" with a surplus of bigs being the problem, so his new statement is likely nothing more than a ploy to gain leverage in future trade talks. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Bird and Paul George have discussed extension
    Larry Bird said that he views Paul George as a "max contract player," and that the two sides have discussed a possible extension this summer.

    Advice: The Pacers could lock up PG-13 until 2020 if they're able to come to terms on a deal, but George would likely see his biggest payday if he just delays his decision until the summer of 2018. He'll make for a fine late-first, early-second round selection on draft day after compiling averages of 23.1 points, 2.6 triples, 6.9 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 3.3 turnovers per game last season on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 86.0 percent shooting from the stripe. Wednesday, 8:54 am
  • Report: Kings know they must trade Rudy Gay
    The Kings privately acknowledge that trading away Rudy Gay is in the best interest of both parties, according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

    Advice: Gay has publicly criticized the dysfunctional Sacramento franchise, and it seems like only a matter of time until he's wearing a new uniform. That being said, the Kings are reportedly hopeful that Gay can put up career-high numbers in a contract year, thus upping his value on the open market, so it sounds like he'll at least begin the year in Sacramento. Unfortunately, because we don't know where Gay might wind up, he'll be a somewhat risky mid-round target on draft day. Wednesday, 6:54 am
  • Bucks accelerated trade offers on Monroe?
    The Bucks reportedly "accelerated their attempts" to trade Greg Monroe this summer, according to Gery Woelful of the Journal Times.

    Advice: This report adds Monroe's agent, David Falk, insists he isn't surprised the big man is still with the Bucks. "There’s been a lot of speculation, but that’s part and parcel for the NBA,’’ Falk said. "You always have rumors and one percent of them come true.’’ Over the summer, there were rumors of the Knicks, Celtics and possibly others interested in picking up Monroe. Even if he's traded, Monroe should find himself in a position for solid minutes. Sep 19, 3:23 pm
  • Woj: Rudy Gay will opt out in 2017
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay has informed the Kings that he will decline his player option for 2017.

    Advice: Gay is also unlikely to renegotiate a deal with Sacramento, so it's clear that he's ready to move on from the Kings. Woj adds that the Kings will have more pressure on them to move Gay sooner rather than later, as his value will decline the longer they wait. The Kings are still hoping to receive a "substantial package" in return and several teams are said to be interested, but there hasn't been much traction in talks. It also doesn't help that teams could view him simply as a one-year rental. A trade seems likely and it could hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi could have sneaky value if Gay leaves. Sep 19, 9:54 am
  • Porzingis says he loves Noah's intensity
    Kristaps Porzingis said that he loves Joakim Noah's intensity.

    Advice: "That’s the type of guy that we want on our team," Porzingis said of Noah. "He brings that good energy. He brings that spirit, you know? So from the first opportunity that we got to talk, I fell in love with [his intensity]." Porzingis also added that Noah is in great shape, so it sounds like he will hit the ground running in camp after recovering from left shoulder surgery. Noah isn't very durable and is 31 years old, so he should be available at a discount this season. Sep 18, 10:29 am
  • Brett Brown gushes about Nerlens Noel
    Brett Brown recently gushed about Nerlens Noel, stating that he has "elite gifts" on the basketball court.

    Advice: "He is athletic, quick off the floor, and as quick to the rim as anybody I have coached, as any big man in the league," Brown said. Noel's offense remains a major work in progress, but there is no doubting his impact on the defensive end of the floor. Having said that, there's little question that the Sixers would move him if the right deal presented itself, but we think that could be a decision that comes back to bite the franchise if eventually executed. For what it's worth, the Sixers do not currently feature Noel on their team website, instead rolling with a trio of Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid. Sep 17, 1:04 pm
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