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  • MIN picks up team option on Tyus Jones
    The Timberwolves have picked up their team option on Tyus Jones.

    Advice: Recent reports indicate that the Timberwolves are shopping Jones, which makes sense given Minnesota's wealth of options at the point guard position. He's not worth drafting anywhere. Today, 3:47 pm
  • MIN picks up team option on Zach LaVine
    The Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year team option on Zach LaVine.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins' fourth year option was also picked up, so the Bounce Bros get at least one more year together. LaVine was impressive after the All-Star break last season, compiling averages of 16.4 points, 2.8 assists, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals per contest on 48.0 percent shooting, so he makes sense as a mid-round target on draft day. Today, 3:42 pm
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    Zach LaVine Min - PG,SG
  • Damian Lillard wants to be the 2017 MVP
    Damian Lillard said that his personal goal for the 2016-17 season is to take home the MVP trophy.

    Advice: It could be tough for Lillard to take that award this season with the type of year we're expecting from James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he has seen across-the-board statistical improvement each year he's been in the league, so at the very least he should be in the discussion. Thrillard makes for a fine late-first, early-second round target in any setting. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) practices in full Sun
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He should be just fine for opening night, but remains a borderline late-round target in standard leagues due to his issues with turnovers and shooting percentages. He is, however, a much more attractive target in points settings. Today, 11:43 am
  • Devin Harris (foot) questionable for opener
    Devin Harris re-injured his left foot during Friday's preseason finale in Denver, and Rick Carlisle said that he'll be "questionable at best" for Wednesday's season opener against the Pacers.

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

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

    Advice: In addition to being Brooklyn's unquestioned starting point guard, he's going to be one of the Nets' primary weapons on offense, so he could be in a for a career-year running in Kenny Atkinson's uptempo offense. Lin had a very nice preseason with averages of 17.2 points, 5.6 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.4 steals per game on a ridiculous 61.9 percent shooting, so it looks like the work Lin put in on improving as a shooter this summer have paid off. He'll be worth a mid-round pick on draft day. Today, 11:07 am
  • Brett Brown won't reveal his starting PG
    76ers coach Brett Brown has not decided on a starting point guard for the season opener.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will be out for at least a couple weeks, so the decision will come down to Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Neither player really separated themselves during the preseason, but Rodriguez has more upside and is the better flier late in drafts. Today, 10:14 am
  • Raptors pick up Delon Wright's option
    The Raptors have picked up Delon Wright's (shoulder) third-year option.

    Advice: The PG isn't expected to be ready until at least Christmas, so Fred VanVleet will be the third-string PG until Wright is healthy. Today, 8:37 am
  • Briante Weber to join Miami's D-League team?
    Briante Weber is expected to join the Heat's D-League affiliate if he clears waivers.

    Advice: Weber is a solid defender and racked up 19 steals during the preseason, but he needs to develop on the offensive end. We'll let you know where he ends up. Today, 8:18 am
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  • Pat Beverley (knee) re-evaluated in 3 weeks
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will be re-evaluated in three weeks following his Tuesday surgery.

    Advice: He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to the procedure. Based on that timetable following the procedure, Beverley will miss between 14-21 games. It'll be James Harden and his preseason-high 10.7 assists per game running the point with Eric Gordon also getting a major bump. Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Pelicans waive Quinn Cook on Saturday
    Pelicans waive G Quinn Cook.

    Advice: New Orleans needs more help on the wing than at the point, and that's the fact that cooked Quinn here. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Stephen Curry admits Warriors still adjusting
    Stephen Curry admitted that the Warriors are still adjusting to playing with Kevin Durant.

    Advice: "We’re continuing to build chemistry and flow of where shots are going to come from and everybody [is learning] the little nuances of our offense," Curry said. "Like when to cut, when to come off the dribble and when to screen for somebody, just based on where you are on the court. Those aren’t set play calls; it’s just organized chaos." Despite Golden State still working out the kinks, we're confident this group will be ready to roll when the regular season begins this week. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Curry GS - PG,SG
  • Hornacek pleased with Rose's conditioning
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek is pleased with where Derrick Rose's conditioning is despite the point guard missing so much time in the preseason.

    Advice: "He looked good," Hornacek said. "We did some up and down. His conditioning was good. He’s picking up on the stuff that we’re doing pretty well. It looked good today for being off a couple of weeks." Rose said that he feels "good," but that's what we expect all players to say in this situation. Additionally, the former MVP said that the Knicks will play an "up-tempo type game" and will only use the triangle "on out of-of-bounds plays." Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) hoping to duck surgery
    Jerryd Bayless (left wrist) is hoping to avoid surgery.

    Advice: Bayless will be reevaluated in two weeks, but surgery is not off the table at this time. While the Sixers and the veteran PG are hopeful that rest and rehab will do the trick, it sounds like the possibility for him to be out for an extended period of time is very real. Philadelphia is likely going to expedite its cause to find a third-string point guard behind Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) won't practice on Monday
    Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) will not practice on Monday.

    Advice: Smart is out of his boot and looking a lot better, but Brad Stevens won't commit to him being ready for the season opener. If he has to miss a a game or a handful of contests, Terry Rozier would be in line for more minutes. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • Knicks hoping Randle will head to D-League
    The Knicks are hopeful that Chasson Randle (orbital wall fracture) will head to the D-League once he's healthy.

    Advice: Despite waiving Randle, the Knicks remain interested in keeping him around for the future. "We really liked what he did with us," Jeff Hornacek said. It's definitely conceivable that Randle resurfaces in New York or with another NBA team later this season. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Report: Wolves still shopping PG Tyus Jones
    The Timberwolves remain "engaged in trade talks on Tyus Jones," sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Sixers are just one of the teams in the hunt, but a deal between the two teams would make sense given Philadelphia needs more at point guard and Minnesota currently has four of them on the roster. With the Timberwolves deciding to keep veteran John Lucas III, a Jones trade seems likely if not definite sooner rather than later. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Report: Beverley (knee surgery) out 4-6 weeks
    Patrick Beverley (left knee surgery) is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks, a source told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: Beverley is expected to undergo the procedure on Tuesday. This timetable aligns much more with what Mike D'Antoni had previously said regarding his expectation that Beverley would miss about 20 games, so it sounds like the three-week timetable to return that was previously reported was a bit optimistic. In Beverley's absence, Eric Gordon is expected to get the majority of minutes alongside James Harden, but we should see some of Pablo Prigioni and possibly K.J. McDaniels, as well. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Pistons decide to waive G Lorenzo Brown
    Pistons waive G Lorenzo Brown.

    Advice: Ray McCallum beat out Brown during training camp for the final spot on the point guard depth chart. It's not out of the question that Brown is picked up by another NBA team. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
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  • Ray McCallum claims final Pistons roster spot
    Ray McCallum has won a spot on Detroit's final roster.

    Advice: McCallum beat out Lorenzo Brown for the third-string point guard spot. He'll begin the season as Ish Smith's backup given Reggie Jackson (knee) will be sidelined to start the campaign. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) resumes regular routine
    Kyrie Irving (calf) has returned to a full practice.

    Advice: Irving revealed that the original soreness was due to the after-effect of him "needling" his calf (read: acupuncture) prior to game action. The good news is that he's expected to be absolutely fine and is in no danger of missing any regular season time. With Kay Felder in the league's concussion protocol, Irving should be looking at sizable minutes right out of the gate. Yesterday, 11:40 am
    Player Note
    Kyrie Irving Cle - PG,SG
  • Heat waive Briante Weber on Saturday morning
    Heat waive G Briante Weber.

    Advice: Weber had a chance of making the team after spending time with Miami last season, but he was outplayed by Rodney McGruder. He's once again a possibility to join the Heat's D-League team. Yesterday, 11:22 am
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  • Marcus Smart (ankle) sheds his walking boot
    Marcus Smart (ankle) is out of his walking boot.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens said that Smart was able to lift weights on Saturday and refused to rule him out for the season opener. There will be another update after the weekend, but Smart should still be considered a little closer to doubtful. Terry Rozier has the most to gain if Smart misses time. Yesterday, 10:35 am
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • Derrick Rose returns to practice Saturday
    Derrick Rose joined the Knicks at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He was cleared of all charges in a civil rape case last week. Rose missed a lot of time during the preseason because of the case and will need some time to get his legs under him again. Brandon Jennings looked solid in the preseason, but the starting job is still Rose's to lose. At best, he's a late-round pick in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • ESPN confirms MIA not looking to trade Dragic
    Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed that the Heat aren't looking to trade Goran Dragic, but did hint that their stance could change.

    Advice: If the Heat get off to a rough start with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade no longer around, they may be willing to listen to offers for Dragic if they want to start rebuilding. For now, coach Erik Spoelstra has informed Dragic that he's in Miami's plans moving forward and his status as a mid-round pick in standard leagues was solidified by a strong preseason. Yesterday, 9:17 am
    Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Wizards waive Casper Ware
    The Wizards have waived Casper Ware.

    Advice: The Wizards are playing with fire with only two active point guards on their final roster in John Wall and Trey Burke. Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Hawks hoping to extend Dennis Schroder
    Hawks GM Wes Wilcox said that he's hoping to extend Dennis Schroder's contract before the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: "It’s the deadline for both Dennis and Tim Hardaway Jr," Wilcox said. "We’ve had conversations with both representatives. It’s too difficult to say if something will get done and those conversations, as always, we keep internal. But yes, we’ve had conversations with both." The Hawks traded away Jeff Teague to give Schroder the keys to the offense, and considering they only have two PGs on their 15-man roster, they must be comfortable with him as their starter moving forward. He's worth a mid-round pick this season. Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • Nuggets waive Nate Wolters
    The Nuggets will waive point guard Nate Wolters.

    Advice: This means that Jarnell Stokes has won the 15th roster spot in Denver. Wolters is expected to head overseas and sign with KK Crvena Zvezda in Serbia. Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • 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. Friday, 10:40 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Curry GS - PG,SG
  • 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. Friday, 10:10 pm
    Player Note
    Eric Bledsoe Pho - PG,SG
  • 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. Friday, 9:34 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 8:20 pm
    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. Friday, 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. Friday, 7:35 pm
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    Zach LaVine Min - PG,SG
  • Mudiay and Arthur out for Friday night
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle), Gary Harris (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: He only had a small chance to play on Thursday, but he's still not in jeopardy of missing the opener. For tonight, we'll get a longer look at Jamal Murray, who has played well at the point in his last two. Mudiay is still only a late-round pick in standard leagues and a mid-round guy in points formats. Friday, 4:30 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. Friday, 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." Friday, 3:27 pm
    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. Friday, 3:17 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. Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Knicks waive Randle
    Knicks waive G Chasson Randle.

    Advice: The eye injury might have cost him here. Randle was creating some buzz as a possible third point guard, but the Knicks starting Sasha Vujacic on Thursday was a troubling sign. Randle may join an NBA team on a 10-day deal down the line. Friday, 11:13 am
  • 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. Friday, 8:37 am
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • Jeremy Lin scores 24 to cap awesome preseason
    Jeremy Lin was busy again on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 10 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and two 3-pointers.

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

    Advice: He sprained his ankle on Oct. 14 and hasn't played since. Mudiay not being ruled out bodes well for his chances to play in the opener. If he's out, Jamal Murray will get another chance to prove he's capable of playing some point guard. Murray has been success in his last two, which bodes well for his value in keeper leagues. Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Derrick Rose won't play Thursday vs. Brooklyn
    Derrick Rose will not suit up for Thursday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Rose never had a realistic shot of suiting up for Thursday's game as Jeff Hornacek has said that he wants Rose to go through some practices before he takes the court. He'll likely be the Knicks starting point guard to open the year, but it's tough to justify spending anything more than a late-round selection on the former-MVP. Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Briante Weber will start Thursday vs. CHA
    Briante Weber will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason game against the Hornets, with Goran Dragic (rest) unavailable.

    Advice: Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside (personal) will join Weber in the starting unit for tonight's game. Weber is a solid defender, but he won't see enough minutes this season while the team is at full strength to make a difference in fantasy hoops. It's worth pointing out that this will be Williams' fifth consecutive start at power forward, so it looks like he'll be starting for Miami on opening night. Thursday, 3:28 pm
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  • 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
    Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • 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
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

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

    Advice: The Cavs maintain that Irving is fine, but with the regular-season just five days away, they're going to be extremely cautious with their star guard. Additionally, the Cavs are reportedly looking to add another backup point guard to the roster via trade, because they'd like to keep Irving's minutes "relatively low" during the regular-season and they don't believe Kay Felder is ready to handle major minutes at the NBA level. Mo Williams and Jordan McRae are the most likely to be traded. Thursday, 11:39 am
    Player Note
    Kyrie Irving Cle - PG,SG
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but there's no reason to risk a setback during a meaningless game. Barea will be in the rotation, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most settings this season. Acy is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Derrick Rose unlikely to play against Nets
    Derrick Rose is unlikely to play against the Nets on Friday, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: Rose's civil trial has concluded, but Hornacek said he'd need to beg to get into Friday's preseason finale. While it doesn't look like we'll see Rose in the preseason, he'll open the regular season as the Knicks starting point guard and is worth a look in the later rounds of standard fantasy drafts. Thursday, 7:01 am
  • 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
    Player Note
    Stephen Curry GS - PG,SG
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in 28 minutes
    Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 27 points in 28 minutes on Wednesday, finishing 11-of-16 from the field with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lillard added four boards, two assists and one block with just one turnover, and his offensive fireworks were a nice sight after Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting. He's a popular target at the turn of the first and second rounds in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:36 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
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • 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
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • 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
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • 76ers, Pelicans interested in PG Tyus Jones
    The 76ers and Pelicans are among "several teams" showing interest in a trade for Wolves' PG Tyus Jones, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Jones would likely be a backup PG no matter where he lands, though anything can happen in Philly's rotation. A trade can only improve his value and his whereabouts are at least worth monitoring in deep leagues. Wednesday, 4:09 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
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Derrick Rose cleared of all charges in case
    Derrick Rose has been cleared of all charges in a civil rape case.

    Advice: The two codefendants were also cleared in this case. The case was in California and Rose still will not make it in time for Thursday's game. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he'd like to see Rose practice before he gets out on the court. For now, it looks like he should be ready to start the season. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose won't play until opening night
    Derrick Rose will miss the Knicks final two preseason games due to the civil suit taking place in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Jeff Hornacek said that he has kept in communication with Rose, and that as long as he can get back to New York for a few practices prior to opening night, he'll be the Knicks' starting point guard when the regular season tips. The jury in Rose's civil suit is expected to reach a verdict by Wednesday, so we'll be watching for details on that. Rose is three knee surgeries and four years removed from his MVP season, and there are higher upside guys you can snag towards the final rounds. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • McCallum, Brown battling for last roster spot
    Ray McCallum and Lorenzo Brown are battling for the final roster spot in Detroit.

    Advice: "It's just everything," Van Gundy said of the evaluation process. "Every day is one more piece to evaluate on. Like I've said — it's a tough decision. I think they are both NBA players, and I don't think there's any doubt about that. We're lucky to have them and we're lucky to have that decision to make." Van Gundy likely won't make an official decision until Sunday, but neither guy will be worth drafting in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:15 am
  • Derrick Rose doubtful Wednesday vs. Boston
    Derrick Rose is still in Los Angeles for jury deliberations, and is doubtful to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Celtics.

    Advice: While Rose could perhaps catch a flight to New York once the jury reaches their verdict, it seems unlikely that he'll be on the floor Wednesday night. Additionally, Jeff Hornacek said that if Rose makes it to New York by Thursday, he wouldn't want him on the bench Brooklyn and would rather go over things one-on-one with him at the practice facility on Friday. The civil suit against Rose should reach its conclusion Wednesday, although a punitive damage hearing could keep him in L.A. Wednesday, 8:32 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) will not return Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving experienced some left calf tightness on Tuesday vs. the Wizards and will not return.

    Advice: First things first, the injury sounds very minor, but the Cavs aren't going to take any chances here. We'll put him on the injury report, but we'd very surprised if his status for opening night was in jeopardy if this diagnosis remains the same. Kay Felder won the backup PG role with a strong camp and will benefit if Irving misses time. Tuesday, 5:04 pm
    Player Note
    Kyrie Irving Cle - PG,SG
  • Mudiay, Harris, Arthur, Chandler out Tuesday
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle), Gary Harris (groin), Darrell Arthur (knee) and Wilson Chandler (rest) have all been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Thunder.

    Advice: This will be Mudiay's second straight game on the shelf with the ankle injury, but he maintains that the injury is not serious, so this is probably just the Denver coaching staff exercising extreme caution with the regular season just a week away. Jamal Murray should get the bulk of the minutes tonight sans Harris and Mudiay, with Malik Beasley also seeing some increased opportunity. Tuesday, 3:52 pm
  • 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
    Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Derrick Rose will start if he can practice
    Derrick Rose will be the Knicks starting point guard on opening night if he's able to practice before then.

    Advice: Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he will start Rose if the point guard is able to attend all practices after the preseason. Rose is still dealing with his civil trial in Los Angeles, so it's unclear if he'll be able to live up to Hornacek's expectations. Brandon Jennings will start and see extra minutes if Rose is unable to begin the season as the Knicks starter. Tuesday, 10:48 am
  • 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
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • Lin, Sean, RHJ, Hamilton and Lopez starting
    Jeremy Lin, Sean Kilpatrick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Justin Hamilton and Brook Lopez will start vs. the Celtics on Monday according to Nets PR.

    Advice: This means that Randy Foye and Trevor Booker will head to the bench Monday. Coach Atkinson has made it clear that he hasn't decided on a starting lineup for opening night, but it seems like the only locks to start are Lin, RHJ and Lopez. Oct 17, 3:36 pm
  • Derrick Rose not practicing enough
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he is unsure if he'll play Derrick Rose without practicing in two weeks.

    Advice: Hornacek is talking about games this week, so Rose is still likely for the opener. Due to his civil trial in Los Angeles, the team could send an assistant out to help get him ready to go. If he continues to miss time, there will be more minutes for Brandon Jennings. Rose isn't a strong fantasy target. Oct 17, 11:35 am
  • Chasson Randle (eye) out 3-4 weeks
    Chasson Randle (eye) will be sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

    Advice: He saw a specialist on Monday after he was diagnosed with an orbital wall fracture, and the good news is that he doesn't need surgery. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Randle's injury won't hurt his chances of making the team and added that he has been impressed by the young guard, so he could be the third-string PG this season. Oct 17, 10:34 am
  • Report: Chasson Randle could still make team
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Chasson Randle's (eye) injury won't hurt his chances of making the team.

    Advice: "We kind of understand what he can give us as a player," Hornacek said. "It would’ve been nice to see him against Isaiah [Thomas] in those two Boston games, see how he can do. But, again, we have a pretty good feel for him. … He’s got a great knack for the game. I’ve been impressed with what he’s done thus far." Randle has been a bright spot for the Knicks with averages of 7.7 points and 1.0 assists in 15.7 minutes through three preseason games. Randle is meeting with a specialist on Monday, so we should have another update soon. Oct 17, 8:12 am
  • Rubio, LaVine, Wiggins, Dieng, Towns resting
    Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns will all be rested for Sunday's preseason game against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back set during the preseason, meaning there was no way any of these guys were going to take the floor tonight, not even for Tom Thibodeau. Kris Dunn is going to be very busy. Oct 16, 3:55 pm
    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. Oct 16, 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. Oct 16, 10:13 am
  • Chasson Randle has a left orbital fracture
    Chasson Randle has been diagnosed with a left orbital fracture.

    Advice: The Knicks originally called his injury a face contusion, but a CT scan on Saturday night revealed the fracture. For what it's worth, this is a similar injury to the one that shut down Jrue Holiday last season. Randle had a really strong showing in the preseason and was a candidate to make the 15-man roster, but it's possible that the Knicks keep him around. He will be re-evaluated by a specialist on Monday, so hopefully we will have a timetable by then. Oct 16, 8:21 am
  • Chasson Randle (face) will not play Saturday
    Chasson Randle (face) will not play on Saturday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Randle suffered what the team is calling a facial contusion in Friday's practice, so he'll be sidelined on Saturday. With Derrick Rose (personal) remaining away, we should see plenty of Brandon Jennings in this one. Oct 15, 3:58 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. Oct 15, 2:58 pm
    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." Oct 15, 2:07 pm
    Player Note
    Goran Dragic Mia - PG,SG
  • Knicks could send assistant coach out to Rose
    The Knicks could send an assistant coach out to Los Angeles in order to train with Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Rose, who has now missed 10 days and counting as he moves forward in his civil trial, has not had the opportunity to work with his teammates as the preseason has progressed. "Our hope was that he would be done on Monday or Tuesday and maybe be back. It is what it is," Hornacek said. "He’s got to deal with that." Hornacek added that the Knicks aren't sure when Rose will return, but the team could send an assistant if he's going to miss another week of action. The reality is that the Knicks were under a gross misconception with their idea that the trial would be concluded quickly, and the organization continues to look poor in how they've handled this process. Oct 15, 1:46 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The good news is that Mudiay, who missed 14 games with a right ankle sprain last season, believes the injury is "minor." Although the point guard isn't certain on his exact timeline to return, it does not sound as if his regular season status is in any jeopardy at this juncture. For now, Mudiay's absence will open up more run for veteran Jameer Nelson and rookie Jamal Murray. Oct 15, 1:02 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. Oct 15, 7:53 am
  • 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. Oct 14, 9:15 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Curry GS - PG,SG
  • Emmanuel Mudiay suffers right ankle sprain
    Emmanuel Mudiay suffered a right ankle sprain on Friday and will not return.

    Advice: The good news is coach Mike Malone said it doesn't look serious. This is the same right ankle he sprained last year and caused him to miss 14 games. Mudiay has been working extremely hard this offseason, but nothing has come of it as far as production goes. If he's going to miss time, we'll see more Jameer Nelson and Jamal Murray at the point. Oct 14, 7:45 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. Oct 14, 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. Oct 14, 10:19 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. Oct 14, 9:53 am
  • 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. Oct 14, 6:29 am
  • Kyrie Irving makes just 5-of-15
    Kyrie Irving made just 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points against the Raptors on Thursday, adding one rebound, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He didn't have LeBron James around for this one and was the engine of the offense tonight. The Cavs do not have much depth behind Irving and he's coming into the season healthy, so he should have no problem clearing his 31.5 minutes per game. He makes sense at the end of the second round of a standard draft. Oct 13, 9:14 pm
    Player Note
    Kyrie Irving Cle - PG,SG
  • 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. Oct 13, 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. Oct 13, 8:13 pm
    Player Note
    Marcus Smart Bos - PG
  • J.J. Barea will be rested Friday vs. Phoenix
    J.J. Barea (rest) will not suit up for Friday's exhibition game against the Suns.

    Advice: Barea isn't the most durable guy, so it makes sense to give him an off-day during the preseason. He's not going to have any standard league value while Deron Williams is healthy. Oct 13, 2:04 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. Oct 13, 1:51 pm
  • 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. Oct 12, 10:00 pm
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