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  • Aaron Gordon gets in limited practice
    Aaron Gordon (ankle) put in a limited practice on Thursday night.

    Advice: It was a non-contact practice, so this isn't really an upgrade on his status. Gordon's ankle sprain is not scheduled to be evaluated again, so he's only day-to-day. With the Magic really talking him up as a playmaker, he's high-upside target in the middle rounds. Today, 6:46 pm
  • David Fizdale praises James Ennis' effort
    David Fizdale said that "no one" could keep James Ennis "off the glass" during Wednesday's practice, and that his "motor was incredible."

    Advice: Ennis said he focused on improving his ball handling skills and 3-point shooting this offseason, and it's worth pointing out that he's familiar with his head coach as he began his career in Miami where Fizdale served as an assistant on Erik Spoelstra's staff. Ennis had a nice stretch in April last year where he averaged 17.0 points, 1.7 steals and 2.6 triples per game, so he'll be a name to watch if Chandler Parsons ever goes down with an injury. Today, 4:35 pm
  • McDermott expects Butler's FTAs to increase
    Doug McDermott said that he expects Jimmy Butler to be more aggressive drawing fouls this season.

    Advice: "I think he’s shot like 15 free throws in each scrimmage," said McDermott of Butler. With Derrick Rose now in New York, the team in Chicago officially belongs to Jimmy Buckets, and he's been embracing that leadership role throughout camp. Yes, he'll face some competition for touches with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 guy in that offense, and should have little trouble returning second-round value. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) withheld from practice
    Alan Anderson (ankle, rest) did not participate during Thursday's practice as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Anderson struggled to stay on the court last season after being forced to undergo two surgeries on his left ankle, and it is a bit concerning that this is still an issue at all considering that his last procedure was on October 13 of 2015. He's likely locked into a three-way timeshare with Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute, so there's no reason to burn a draft pick on Anderson in any setting. Today, 3:11 pm
  • Warriors encouraging Durant to be aggressive
    Kevin Durant said that the Warriors have been encouraging him to be aggressive with his shot selection.

    Advice: "I shot a lot today and Draymond [Green] told me I wasn’t aggressive enough. So that’s great for me," said Durant. "Just basically telling me to shoot more." Durant wouldn't put a specific number on the amount of shots he expects take night in night out, simply saying that some games he might shoot it 25 times and some nights he may attempt as little as seven, although we'd say it's a safe bet that most nights that number will be closer to 20. KD’s scoring numbers could see a minor dip this season, but his efficiency should be on the rise in Golden State. He’s a fine top-3 pick. Today, 2:51 pm
  • Motiejunas hasn't talked w/ Houston in months
    Donatas Motiejunas reportedly hasn't had any extensive talks regarding his contract situation with the Rockets "in months."

    Advice: Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent, but he just hasn't been generating any real interest anywhere, which could be due to the back issues that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season. If Motiejunas is able to strike a deal with Houston, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent as he'd have a minimal role in backing up Ryan Anderson. Today, 2:25 pm
  • Denzel Valentine could earn backup PG minutes
    Denzel Valentine said that he's been spending about 70 percent of his time on the wing, and 30 percent at the point guard position during training camp.

    Advice: If Valentine can earn some run at the point in Chicago, that could make 20 minutes a night a more attainable goal, however he won't have much value while Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade are healthy. At this point, Valentine isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in really deep leagues. Today, 1:55 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) doesn't practice Thurs
    Aaron Gordon (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Head coach Frank Vogel said that Gordon is "antsy" to return to the court, and GM Rob Hennigan said he expects Gordon to suit up for the preseason, so it sounds like he'll be cleared sooner rather than later. Gordon had a nice post-break showing last season, putting up mid-round value behind averages of 12.0 points, 7.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 0.9 turnovers per game, and it's reasonable to expect across the board improvement this season as he's fully unleashed under Vogel. Today, 12:59 pm
  • Quincy Ford (head) cleared for practice
    Quincy Ford was back on the practice floor on Thursday after being withheld from Wednesday's practice after getting knocked in the head.

    Advice: Ford is with the Jazz on a training camp deal, but he'll more than likely be playing in the D-League once the regular-season tips. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Marcus Morris suffers minor finger injury
    Marcus Morris was limited during Thursday's practice with a minor right ring finger injury.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Morris' finger, so it sounds like he's dealing with nothing more than a sprain. He sat out the five-on-five work during Thursday's practice, but it would be surprising to see such a minor issue linger into the regular-season. Morris is good for some points and triples, but he could take a step back this season as Detroit looks to give some more run to Stanley Johnson. He's a low-upside, late-round target. Today, 11:34 am
  • Report: Hairston agrees to camp deal w/ HOU
    P.J. Hairston has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets do have available roster space, so if Hairston impresses during training camp, he could earn himself a spot on the regular-season roster. However, with guys like Eric Gordon and Corey Brewer expected to soak up most of the reserve minutes in Houston's backcourt, Hairston would be nothing more than an emergency depth kind of guy with the Rockets. Today, 11:19 am
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  • Marcus Thornton sits out Thursday practice
    Marcus Thornton (thumb) sat out of Thursday's practice

    Advice: Thornton is dealing with a jammed thumb, and was held out as a precaution. This doesn't sound like it will be a long-term injury, but Thornton won't have much fantasy value in standard leagues as long as Bradley Beal is healthy. Today, 10:57 am
  • Jae Crowder feeling healthy to start 2016-17
    Jae Crowder said he is healthy to start the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Crowder admitted he was affected by an ankle injury towards the end of 2015-16, but is fully healthy to star the 2016-17 season. Crowder filled up the stat sheet with averages of 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers last season, and is a solid pick in the early-middle rounds of standard league fantasy drafts. Today, 7:41 am
  • Evan Turner confident at multiple positions
    Evan Turner is confident that he can contribute at multiple positions for the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "I came out of [Ohio State] a point guard, and the experts said I was a wing,’’ Turner said. "I never shot a spot-up shot in my life. I am what I am. I grew up playing with the rock. I knew how to play all the positions, and I think if I get minutes on the court, I can make a lot happen.’’ Turner is a better real life player than fantasy player, but he's worth a late-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his ability to do a little bit of everything (other than hit threes). Today, 6:24 am
  • Jeremy Lamb looking to show consistency
    Jeremy Lamb is looking to show more consistency in 2016-17.

    Advice: Lamb faded after a strong start to 2015-16 and is focused on sustaining consistency in 2016-17. "When you change your mindset, it doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been working on it all summer. In training camp, you’ve got to build on that," Lamb said. "If you’re missing shots, you’ve got to keep shooting. If you don’t get a stop, believe you’ll get a stop next time. Help your teammates. Do all the little things that keep you positive." Lamb has potential, but he he isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues until he can show some consistency in his production. Today, 6:03 am
  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) considered day-to-day
    Magic coach Frank Vogel said that Aaron Gordon is day-to-day with a sprained ankle he suffered last week.

    Advice: "Just to know how much I worked in the summer ... and then to just be slowed down, it's a little frustrating," said Gordon. "I'm waiting to cash my chips." Vogel has indicated that he wants to put the ball in Gordon's hands offensively, and said that the loss of training camp days is "not anything we can't overcome." Gordon is a nice upside pick in the later rounds. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad to play three positions?
    Tom Thibodeau suggested that Shabazz Muhammad could earn minutes at shooting guard, small forward and power forward this season.

    Advice: "He’s a terrific athlete," Thibodeau said. "He’s strong. There’s no reason why he can’t be a great defender." Defense was Muhammad's main focus during the offseason, and he feels that he's already "gotten way smarter on defense" after a few days of training camp with Thibs. Even if Muhammad does earn minutes at multiple positions, he's a dubious standard-league asset while the Wolves are healthy. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Gerald Green will miss time with hip issue
    Gerald Green will miss the next few days due to a hip flexor injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and there's no talk of any re-evaluation. Green is going to have a chance to step up with Evan Turner in Portland, but he will really have to play lights out in camp. For now, he's behind guys like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes on the wing. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad expects to earn time at PF
    Shabazz Muhammad said he's planning on logging more minutes at power forward this upcoming season.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau said he likes the "versatility" he has at the power forward position, as he could go small with either Andrew Wiggins or Muhammad, although it's still tough to see Muhammad earning much more than 20 minutes a night while the team is at full strength. Yes, Muhammad is entering a contract season, but he's just not a very attractive fantasy target given that his only real skill set is scoring. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
  • Terrence Jones can play some five
    Coach Alvin Gentry said Terrence Jones can play minutes at center.

    Advice: This is music to the ears of the TJ backers. He's been very injury prone, but his ability to space the floor and size at 6'9", 252 pounds. Plus, he is an excellent fit next to Anthony Davis. The Pelicans stole him at the minimum and he could have an impact this year. He's a very nice sleeper late in drafts, especially with talk of Davis playing more five. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Danny Green (quad) limited to shooting Weds
    Danny Green (left quad contusion) got on the court for a post-practice shooting session on Wednesday, although he's still yet to work out with the team.

    Advice: Green is nursing a left quad injury, and while it's not believed to be serious, he likely won't take the court until he's 100 percent healthy. Green likely earned himself a spot on many fantasy GM's "never again" lists after a horrendous 2015-16 campaign, but let's not forget that he was a steady mid-round producer from the 2012 season all the way through 2015. He's someone to consider targeting towards the later rounds as a potential bounce-back candidate. Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • Uncle P thinks he can be better
    Nick Young believes he can be better under coach Luke Walton.

    Advice: In other news, he said he wants to go by Uncle P this year. "I can still be me here a little bit and nobody here is harping on my personality no more. That’ll be all right," Young said. You might remember Byron Scott saying Young's hair looked "like a bunch of worms up there." Even with a new nickname and a new coach, he can be avoided in fantasy. Yesterday, 11:05 am
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  • Lue wants to keep minutes down for Big Three
    Tyronn Lue said that he wants to keep LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's minutes down this season.

    Advice: Lue added that the number one goal for the Cavs this season will be going into the postseason with a clean bill of health, so don't be surprised to see these guys (particularly LBJ) pick up some random rest days down the stretch once Cleveland has locked up their seeding. While you could still make the argument that James is one of the best basketball players currently residing on this planet, the assured maintenance days make him more of a late-first, early-second round target. Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Klay Thompson clarifies sacrificing comments
    Klay Thompson recently clarified his comments regarding why he believes he will not be sacrificing anything with the arrival of Kevin Durant.

    Advice: "When you acquire the talent we did this off season, " Thompson began, "I don't think that's a sacrifice at all. I think that we are in an amazing position to do things that haven't been done here. So I'm not talking about points per game or minutes or shots, I'm really not sacrificing anything because you don't sacrifice when you acquire a player like Kevin Durant and get people like David West." The Warriors improved their roster significantly this offseason, and that will likely result in Thompson seeing fewer opportunities on offense, making him a somewhat risky early-round selection. Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked on his shooting
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he put in time this offseason working to improve his shooting mechanics.

    Advice: "I don’t think it’s a secret that I’ve worked a lot on my shooting," said Kidd-Gilchrist. "I’ve been watching a lot of film this offseason of Iggy [Andre Iguodala] and Dwyane Wade. I’ve been doing that pretty much all summer." Shooting has always been one of the weaker points of MKG's game, and while it's nice to know that he's put time in to address the issue this offseason, we're not expecting him to suddenly become a knock down 3-point shooter. MKG's limited contributions of defensive statistics and 3-point shooting make him more of a deep league prospect. Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu expected to start at PF
    Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to start at power forward for the Blazers this season.

    Advice: We've heard this report throughout the summer, but it doesn't hurt to get even more confirmation as training camps begin. Aminu looked great down the stretch last season when he played primarily at the four, so the move can be viewed as a good thing for his fantasy value, especially after the Blazers brought in Evan Turner and re-signed Allen Crabbe. If Aminu can hold off Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh in camp, he should be a standard-league asset after averaging 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers last season. Tuesday, 11:26 pm
  • Report: Will Barton drawing interest
    According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

    Advice: It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver. Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard focused on becoming a leader
    Kawhi Leonard said he focused on becoming a leader during the offseason to prepare for life without Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "Just becoming a leader," Leonard said. "Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it." Leonard was dominant last season and finished as the third best player in standard leagues, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. He's a stud and standard-league owners should feel comfortable taking him in the first round. Tuesday, 9:33 pm
  • Danny Green has a left quad contusion
    Danny Green is dealing with a left quad contusion.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during a workout last week and sat out of the first day of training camp (Tuesday). The injury doesn't sound serious, but Green is expected to miss a few days of action. For what it's worth, he was able to put up some 3-pointers at practice, so the Spurs are likely just being cautious. Green had Lasik eye surgery over the offseason and is hoping to bounce back after a rough 2015-16 season. He's a nice target at his discounted price in the later rounds. Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • LeBron says he is chasing Michael Jordan
    LeBron James said his goal is to finish with more rings than Michael Jordan.

    Advice: "It’s a personal goal," James said. "I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal." He's got three titles, but adding a fourth to his name this year will be incredibly difficult with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors. Entering his age-31 season, James is still a safe pick towards the end of the first round in all formats. Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Crowder improving as a dribble-penetrator
    Jae Crowder said he focused on becoming a better dribble-penetrator during the offseason.

    Advice: "More of taking the ball out of Isaiah [Thomas'] hands and letting him make plays off close out," Crowder said. "Let me drive some and kick out to him because he’s a [heck] of a knockdown shooter when his feet are set and just trying to get better with the ball in my hands and make plays." Crowder was one of the most improved players in the NBA last season, returning top-35 value in standard leagues with averages of 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting. He may be asked to take on a larger role in the absence of Evan Turner, so he's an easy pick in the early middle rounds. Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Butler wants Hoiberg to coach him harder
    Jimmy Butler hinted that he wants Fred Hoiberg to coach him harder this season.

    Advice: "I told Fred, 'As much as you can, use me as an example,'" Butler said. "I want you to really get on my tail about every little thing because if Doug [McDermott] or Tony [Snell] or whoever it may be, if watching coach talk to me like that he's going to be like 'If he can talk to Jimmy like that I know he's going to come at me a certain way.'" Butler said something similar last season which put him in some hot water, but the difference this time is that he spoke directly to his head coach as opposed to the media. Their relationship has evolved in a good way and Butler is embracing his leadership role on the new-look Bulls. He's an easy second-round pick even with the additions of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. Tuesday, 6:51 pm
  • Evan Turner will play some PG for Blazers
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that Evan Turner will share backup point guard duties with CJ McCollum.

    Advice: It's the right decision for Portland because Shabazz Napier has really struggled at the NBA level. Turner is considered the favorite to start at SF, but will face a lot of competition from Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless. Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 turnovers on 45.6 percent shooting with the Celtics last season, but his ceiling in standard leagues is limited because he doesn't take many 3-pointers. Tuesday, 4:33 pm
  • Doc Rivers says starting SF job 'wide open'
    Doc Rivers said that the battle for the starting small forward position in Los Angeles is "wide open."

    Advice: Both Luc Mbah a Moute and Anderson got some reps with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, and Wes Johnson is also another option for Rivers. Last season, Rivers routinely changed the starting small forward based on matchups, and that could again be his strategy this season. This situation has timeshare written all over it, and is one that should be avoided in standard settings. Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) ready for camp
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is a "full go" for training camp.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that MKG is in great shape and that he won't be limited in camp. Clifford added that there is a noticeable difference in his range shooting, an encouraging sign because his shooting has always been his biggest weakness. It's a small sample size, but MKG looked great in seven games before the injury last season, averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 54.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. MKG will be the starting SF next to Nicolas Batum on the wings. Monday, 10:03 am
  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) will be limited in camp
    Aaron Gordon (ankle) will not participate in full-contact drills at the start of training camp.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in a recent workout, but it's not believed to be serious. In fact, Magic GM Rob Hennigan said that Gordon is fully expected to play in the preseason games. Gordon is fine and this shouldn't dissuade owners from spending a mid-round pick on him. Monday, 9:28 am
  • Aaron Gordon dealing with an ankle sprain
    Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Aaron Gordon "tweaked" his ankle during a recent workout.

    Advice: "It’s not serious, but he may be a partial participant in the early goings," Hennigan said. "But we’re not quite sure there yet." It sounds like he will be limited in the early stages of training camp, but the good news is that he's not expected to miss any preseason games. The injury doesn't sound serious and shouldn't discourage owners from taking him in the middle rounds. Friday, 8:12 am
  • Rockets still negotiating w/ Motiejunas
    According to The Vertical, the Rockets are still trying to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: The Rockets traded away Michael Beasley on Thursday and they expect to have Motiejunas on their opening-night roster. However, the two sides haven't made much progress in contract talks and D-Mo's agent said that he isn't pleased at the way the Rockets have handled the negotiations. D-Mo should have a role in Houston next season, but Ryan Anderson is going to be the primary PF and is a much better fantasy target. Friday, 7:10 am
  • Could the Warriors rest their guys this year?
    General manager Bob Myers hinted the Warriors could rest their players during the regular season.

    Advice: Meyers made an analogy to a marathon and said it's important to have the energy left for the last five miles. "I think we all have to take, us and the organization, have to take the approach that it's a long road," Myers said. "We gotta have some juice [late in the season]." The Warriors have 17 back-to-back sets this year, so there's a very good chance the stars rest for a handful of those games. Kevin Durant may have a bit of risk, but he's still just too go to let him fall out of the top half of the first round. Thursday, 6:18 pm
  • Vogel wants to put the ball in Gordon's hands
    Frank Vogel indicated (again) that he wants to put the ball in Aaron Gordon's hands, a role that he gave Paul George in Indiana.

    Advice: "Yeah. Let's see what he can do," Vogel said of Gordon. "I think he's more of a 4 than Paul was. Paul is more of a 2/3. Aaron's more of a 3/4. But I've seen a lot on tape that I think that he can do a lot of similar things." Gordon will be starting at small forward and will spend time at the four as well, so it sounds like his minutes are safe despite the arrival of Serge Ibaka. Gordon wants to be more of a scorer this season and will be running some pick-and-roll sets, so he's on the radar as a breakout candidate in the middle rounds. Thursday, 10:32 am
  • Kerr thinks Kevin Durant will fit seamlessly
    Steve Kerr isn't worried about Kevin Durant's ability to adjust to the Warriors, saying, "He's going to fit right into our style."

    Advice: Kerr emphasized that the Olympics were a good opportunity for Durant to get comfortable with some key teammates. "I think Kevin and Klay [Thompson] played very well together," Kerr said. "The three of them–with Draymond [Green]–just having been together for a month and playing together every day and getting to know each other a little better, I think that will all help." Durant should get more assists to help offset any dip in scoring, and he remains a rock-solid top-four pick this season. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • MIN and Muhammad haven't had extension talks
    The Timberwolves reportedly have not had any meaningful negotiations with Shabazz Muhammad on a contract extension.

    Advice: Through three years of NBA experience, Muhammad hasn't been able to prove that he's an above average player, so there are no guarantees that the two sides strike a deal on an extension. Muhammad will spend time backing up Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine this season, so it'll be tough for him to earn enough minutes to make a difference in most leagues. Wednesday, 7:08 am
  • Report: P.J. Hairston works out for Brooklyn
    P.J. Hairston recently had a workout with the Nets.

    Advice: Hairston may be able to turn this workout into a camp invite, but even if he does make the regular-season roster, his fantasy value would be more or less non-existent in Brooklyn. The Nets also reportedly brought in Jorge Gutierrez and Kendal Marshall for workouts, although with five point guards already on the roster going into camp, it would be surprising to see those guys earn a camp invite. Tuesday, 1:58 pm
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