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  • Mike D'Antoni: Sam Dekker could be SG/SF/PF
    Mike D'Antoni hasn't ruled out using Sam Dekker as a power forward.

    Advice: Dekker was used as a small forward and even shooting guard to open training camp, but the Rockets are keeping an open mind. "[Power forward] could be his best position," D'Antoni said. "We don't know yet. We're going to try them all. That will help his career if he can play two, three, four." Starting PF Ryan Anderson is only an inch taller than Dekker, who could earn a handful of minutes at the four this season. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Suns will rely less on PG-initiated offense
    The Suns' offense will rely less on Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe initiating action at the top of the key this season, according to GM Ryan McDonough.

    Advice: "I think you’ll see more of the ball with wing entry, corner entries," said McDonough. "A lot of play off the elbows with the movement off the ball, dribble handoffs, interchanges and things like that." The Suns' veteran guards have spoken about the need to "sacrifice" this season, presumably because of Devin Booker's ascendancy, and fantasy owners should pay close attention to the backcourt rotation this preseason. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Jaylen Brown can play some four
    Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown is capable of playing minutes at the four.

    Advice: There have been some comparisons to Jae Crowder just based on where his minutes could fall, so Stevens' comments make sense. Brown will have a big adjustment from his days at Cal and will likely see his 31.4 usage rate last year get cut in half. He's not a great target in re-draft leagues. Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Wade: Rondo is the best PG he's played with
    Dwyane Wade said Rajon Rondo is the best point guard he's ever played with.

    Advice: What about Mario Chalmers, though? Wade has been among the elite for usage and has 5.8 dimes per game in his career. Some of that may have something to do with sub-par guards next to him. The Three Alphas should take time to adjust, but Rondo should get his dimes. He's a risky pick in the late middle rounds. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe down to 189 pounds
    Eric Bledsoe said he's down to 189 pounds.

    Advice: He listed at 205 last year and mentioned he'd like to keep his weight down. "I’m trying to keep that going for me, eating right, recovery, the whole nine, trying to get my body 100 percent," Bledsoe said. He takes a lot of contact and that's part of the reason he's suffered multiple meniscus tears. Talent and production have never been a question for Bledsoe, but he has to stay healthy. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Ben Simmons plays PG during scrimmage
    Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues. Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Brown hints he could use Rodriguez w/ Bayless
    Brett Brown hinted that there could be instances this upcoming season where Sergio Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless share the 76ers' backcourt.

    Advice: Rodriguez is one of the few guys in the 76ers' backcourt that can reliably knock down the 3-point shot, so it makes sense that he could at times share the floor with Bayless in order to provide the 76ers offense with another playmaker and 3-point shooter. However, even if there are stretches where Rodriguez and Bayless share the backcourt, it's unlikely that Rodriguez will be able to consistently earn enough minutes to make a difference in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:08 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
  • Malcolm Brogdon can handle the ball?
    Coach Jason Kidd hinted Malcolm Brogdon could handle the ball for the Bucks at times.

    Advice: Hall of Fame guard John Stockton was at camp for the Bucks and Kidd mentioned Stockton helping Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and "a pretty big point guard" -- yes, that big point guard is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Brogdon was fantastic at Summer League and showed a lot of poise at Virginia last year. Plus, he might be one of the best shooters on the team. He's a name fantasy owners will want to throw on their watch list. Yesterday, 11:42 am
  • Lue says Cavs point guard will be committee
    Coach Ty Lue said the Cavs backup point guard will be handled by committee.

    Advice: The Cavs have some major depth issues at the one and Kay Felder might get some minutes out of the gate. He was fantastic at Summer League and should be on the radar. On the other hand, we should see Jordan McRae and Iman Shumpert get some minutes at point guard. Yesterday, 11:08 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
  • Marc Gasol (foot) will get precautionary DNPs
    Marc Gasol (foot) will sit out games as a precaution this season, according to coach David Fizdale.

    Advice: "There will be some games we sit him," said Fizdale. "I’m definitely going to preserve him." Fizdale also said that he will "absolutely be careful with Gasol’s minutes this season," which isn't a surprise since the Grizzlies' star center is coming back from a fractured navicular bone. If you needed a reminder of the high risk that Gasol brings as a fantasy target, this is it. Brandan Wright will likely take over at center whenever Gasol is rested, giving him sporadic DFS appeal. Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Austin Rivers, Felton could earn some starts?
    Doc Rivers hinted that there will be situations this upcoming season where he starts either Austin Rivers or Raymond Felton.

    Advice: "When you play Austin with that group, he can guard a better offensive player and [Chris Paul] can do what the rest of the league does – their point guards never guard the other point guard," Rivers said. "We want to do that a lot this year. We want to put a lineup where CP doesn’t have to guard the best guy. Raymond can do that, and Austin can do that." Even with a handful of spot-starts, it's unlikely that Felton or Rivers will be able to establish themselves as worthwhile standard league assets. Yesterday, 10:20 am
  • Brooks says Satoransky can earn mins at SF
    Scott Brooks said that in addition to earning some time at shooting guard, Tomas Satoransky will compete for minutes at small forward position as well.

    Advice: Satoransky will be fighting for reserve minutes with the likes of Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a worthwhile asset in most settings. Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Brooks says John Wall looks 'fresh' on Day 2
    Scott Brooks said that John Wall (knees) looked "fresh" after his second consecutive day of practicing at the Wizards' training camp.

    Advice: Wall practicing for the second day in a row is certainly an encouraging sign regarding his recovery from the offseason knee procedures, although he's still not officially been cleared for contact. Wall is as tough as they come, but two knee surgeries in one offseason is nothing to shrug at. He'll be a risky early-round pick on draft day. Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • McRoberts dealing w/ stress reaction in foot
    Josh McRoberts revealed on Wednesday that he's dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot stemming from a fracture he sustained during Game 6 of Miami's second-round series against Toronto.

    Advice: The Heat have a massive hole to fill at the power forward position with Chris Bosh's (blood clots) tenure in Miami likely reaching its conclusion, but as per usual, the injured McRoberts won't be able to help much. Once he is healthy, he'll be competing for minutes with the likes of Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Udonis Haslem, so it'll be tough for him to see the floor enough to make a difference in standard settings. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Joakim Noah (personal) practices on Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (personal) was an active participant during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Noah missed the first day of training camp due to the birth of his daughter, but he's since returned to the team. Noah is 31 years old, has struggled with health throughout his career, and was not productive during his 29 games on the court last year. That being said, the move to New York could be just what the doctor ordered for Noah to reestablish himself as one of the elite centers in the league, so he's someone to consider as a potential late-round gamble. Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Snyder says Alec Burks making good progress
    Quin Snyder said that Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) is making "good progress" in his recovery, and he anticipates him being cleared for contact by the start of the regular season.

    Advice: "From what I'm told and what I see, there's good progress, especially in the last week or so," said Snyder of Burks. "I think it gets to a point where we're going to see it go quicker... that would be my hope." Snyder went on to say that the Jazz are focusing on "the next 12 years over the next 12 months," with regards to how they handle Burks' rehab, and that Burks has been participating in everything except for the contact portions of practice. However, the injury concerns partnered with the arrival of Joe Johnson make Burks an undesirable target in most settings. Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Anthony Davis (knee) under no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • CLE has made competitive offer to J.R. Smith
    Cavs' GM David Griffin said that the team has made an "incredibly competitive and aggressive offer" to re-sign unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.

    Advice: "As we have stated and coach has previously stated, we think very highly of J.R. and we love him as a member of our team, as a member of our locker room," Griffin said. "He was essential to our success and for that reason we have made an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer in re-signing him." Smith is seeking a multi-year deal that will pay him roughly $15 million annually, and while the two sides have not found a common ground there, they remain engaged in a dialogue. It would be surprising to see Smith leave Cleveland. Yesterday, 7:28 am
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  • 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
  • Wall feeling 'great' after first practice
    John Wall (knees) said he felt "great" following his first day of practice at training camp.

    Advice: "I feel great," Wall said. "I’m a little fatigued but other than that I feel really good." While Wall didn't go through the live portions of Tuesday's practice, head coach Scott Brooks estimated that he got through about 70 percent of the work, and Kelly Oubre said that he was dunking during some drills. It sounds like Wall is making solid progress in his recovery from the two knee surgeries he underwent this summer, but until he's officially cleared to play, he'll remain a risky early-round pick. Yesterday, 6:23 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
  • Josh McRoberts limited with a foot injury
    Josh McRoberts was limited at the opening day of camp due to a foot injury.

    Advice: The guy just can't seem to stay healthy. The Heat have a huge hole at power forward due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh, but McRoberts isn't off to a great start. For now, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt will compete for minutes at the four, while Justise Winslow should spend some time there as well. Tuesday, 11:04 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
  • Aldridge intends to step up on defense
    LaMarcus Aldridge said he will need to step up defensively to fill the void left by Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "I think everybody has to take on that burden, it's not just one player's job," Aldridge said Monday. "No one can be Tim Duncan, so that's going to be everyone's job." Thanks to Duncan, the Spurs led the league in defensive rating last year, but luckily for Aldridge he will be have some new help in Pau Gasol. Aldridge only improved as the 2015-16 season progressed with averages of 19.9 points, 8.9 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks after the break, so while his days of being an elite fantasy option ended when he left Portland, it still makes sense to take him in the third round of standard leagues. Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • Butler likes what he has seen from Rondo
    Jimmy Butler said that Rajon Rondo has impressed him early on in camp.

    Advice: "He’s super-smart. He really sees things before they even develop out there on the basketball floor, so it makes everybody’s job a lot easier," Butler said. "And not only is he leading the team on offense, but he’s constantly talking on defense, so he’s letting everybody know where they have to be." Rondo's numbers in Sacramento were impressive with 11.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, but the Kings led the NBA in pace last season and he will now have to share the ball with Butler and Dwyane Wade in Chicago. Some regression seems inevitable, but he's still an option in the middle rounds if you don't mind his shooting percentages. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • McDonough says Brandon Knight looking healthy
    Ryan McDonough said that Brandon Knight has looked "really close" to being 100 percent healthy during recent workouts.

    Advice: "Last year, he settled a lot for [jump shots] and things like that," said McDonough, "just because he didn’t feel like he had the burst to get to the paint, get to the free-throw line, absorb contact, bounce back up without potentially aggravating an injury." Knight's first 1.5 seasons in Phoenix have been ravaged by injuries, and while he's going to be coming into the 2016-17 season healthy, some questions remain about his fit alongside Eric Bledsoe and where he figures to be in the rotation with the emergence of Devin Booker. He's a risky mid-round target. Tuesday, 3:09 pm
  • Marc Gasol (foot) goes through full practice
    Marc Gasol (foot) was able to go through all portions of the Grizzlies two-hour practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gasol has been fully cleared for all activities, so he's on track to be good to go for opening night. The reports coming in on Gasol's recovery have been nothing but positive this offseason, although mid-foot fractures for seven-footers is nothing to shrug at as they do have the potential to develop into a reoccurring issue. Gasol does offer second-round upside, but the very real injury concerns will make him a risky mid-round target. Tuesday, 1:51 pm
  • Burks (knee, ankle) not cleared for contact
    Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) has still not been cleared for contact.

    Advice: Burks has been going through everything other than the contact portions of practice, but the fact that he's still not been fully cleared to play despite being three months removed from the arthroscopic procedure is concerning. Burks has had some serious issues with his surgically repaired left ankle, and he only managed to make it through 58 games over the past two years, so he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Quin Snyder said he's hopeful Burks will be cleared for opening night. Tuesday, 1:08 pm
  • Gentry says Anthony Davis could have MVP year
    Alvin Gentry said that if Anthony Davis can put together the type of year that New Orleans anticipates him having, he'll "be in the discussion for MVP."

    Advice: Health is going to be the biggest factor here, but if AD can finally put together a healthy season (and the Pelicans do well as a team), he could certainly put himself in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately through four years in the league, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games, so the injury concerns here are very real. The Brow has in the past had stretches of ranking as fantasy basketball's top option, but injury concerns will have him sliding to the second half of the first round on draft day. Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • John Wall (knees) limited at practice Tuesday
    John Wall (knees) sat out the live portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Wall did participate in some defensive drills, full-court drills and contact layups with the team, and Kelly Oubre said that he "looked great," although he still remains without an official timetable to return. Wall underwent procedures on both of his knees this summer, and has said that while he's hopeful for the regular-season opener, he's not going to rush his rehab. Until Wall is fully cleared, he's going to be a risky guy to invest an early-round selection on. Tuesday, 12:13 pm
  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:59 am
  • Alec Burks expected to shoot more?
    Alec Burks said he is expecting to shoot more this season.

    Advice: "I’m still going to be fearless," Burks said. "I’m still going to the same things I do." Burks set a career high 25.9 usage rate last year in his 31 games, but his efficiency has dropped in each of his last two seasons. With all the depth on the Jazz, it's hard to target Burks in most formats. Monday, 3:08 pm
  • Ben Simmons gained 30+ pounds since college
    Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

    Advice: "I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers. Monday, 3:01 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. Monday, 12:52 pm
  • Jaylen Brown could get some of ET's minutes?
    General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes. Monday, 12:11 pm
  • Marc Gasol says his foot feels amazing
    Marc Gasol said that his recovery from foot surgery amazed him and that he hasn't discussed any minute restrictions with the Grizzlies yet.

    Advice: "I never felt anything around the foot area [after the surgery], which gives me a lot of confidence," Gasol said. "[I've gotten] stronger by the week and stronger by the day to this point where we feel 100-percent confident of my capability of leading the team." Tony Allen also mentioned that Gasol added a 3-point shot to his game this summer, so that's something to keep an eye on during the preseason. We've heard several positive reports about Gasol in recent weeks, but because of the history of bigs recovering from foot fractures, he's still a risky pick this year. Monday, 11:49 am
  • Eric Bledsoe says Suns will have to sacrifice
    Eric Bledsoe said the Suns players are "definitely going to have to make sacrifices this season."

    Advice: "That's one of the biggest things we're going to have to do," Bledsoe said. Presumably, the Suns' only 20 points-per-game scorer last season is saying the guards will have to share the ball due to the emergence of Devin Booker. While the Suns are exploring Booker at small forward on occasion, it would be a big surprise to see him start there -- even with P.J. Tucker (back) out. For now, it seems like Brandon Knight is the best bet to move to a bench combo guard role. Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history, but he's still a fine pick as a No. 1 fantasy point guard in the early rounds. Monday, 11:20 am
  • LeBron optimistic J.R. deal gets done
    LeBron James is optimistic something will get done with free agent J.R. Smith "sooner than later."

    Advice: There really has never been any serious doubt on Smith coming back to Cleveland. Smith has said he still wants to get a deal done with the Cavs and he's been in Cleveland recently. Considering how Mo Williams is going to retire, the Cavs need depth at guard. Smith is a late-round pick in standard leagues. Monday, 11:12 am
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  • 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. Monday, 8:32 am
  • John Wall will be limited in training camp
    John Wall (knee) will be limited when training camp begins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The All-Star PG has recently started playing some 3-on-3, but coach Scott Brooks said the team is in "no rush" to bring him back. The Wizards haven't provided a timetable, but previous reports indicated that Wall is hopeful to be ready for the season opener. With that said, Brooks wouldn't even commit to Wall playing in the preseason. Coming off two knee surgeries, fantasy owners may want to let him slide in drafts a bit. Monday, 7:44 am
  • 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. Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Stevens preaches patience with Jaylen Brown
    Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

    Advice: "The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats. Saturday, 2:45 pm
  • Sam Dekker feeling good entering camp now
    Sam Dekker (back) is feeling good as the Rockets prepare to begin training camp.

    Advice: "I've had a great summer. This is the best I've ever felt in my life. Really good energy with the team. We have a lot to be optimistic about," Dekker said. Working exclusively as a shooting guard and small forward in opening practices, Dekker feels that he's "a guy that can come in and add energy, add a spark." His optimism is nice, but his fantasy prospects are not. Saturday, 1:39 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
  • Marc Gasol (foot) cleared for training camp
    Marc Gasol (foot surgery) has been cleared for full activities during the Grizzlies' training camp.

    Advice: Gasol had a fractured navicular bone in his right foot, a serious injury for any big man, but he's been ramping up his workouts under strict medical supervision. "I feel really good, lots of energy," Gasol said. "The doctors and everyone think my body’s going to hold up tremendously - even better than before the injury. That gives me a lot of confidence." An injured player expressing optimism is nothing new, but Gasol has enough proven upside to be worth a look in the middle rounds of most drafts. Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • John Wall (knees) still not playing 5-on-5
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether John Wall (knee surgeries) would be healthy enough for the team's first training camp practice.

    Advice: "[Wall] has doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three," Brooks said. "I don’t like to put a timetable, because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt.' He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind." We'll have a better feel for Wall's status once training camp begins, but for now owners should tread lightly in the first few rounds. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Report: no truth to John Wall trade rumor
    The rumored trade of John Wall to the Pistons is reportedly not true.

    Advice: Rumors have been circulating surrounding a trade that would send Wall to the Pistons along with Markieff Morris, while the Wizards would get Brandon Knight, Jahlil Okafor, and pieces. Furthermore, the 76ers would get Reggie Jackson, while the Suns would get Tobias Harris and pieces. There appears to be nothing behind this rumor, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. Tuesday, 7:55 am
  • J.R. Smith to skip Cavaliers' minicamp
    J.R. Smith will not attend the Cavaliers' minicamp this week.

    Advice: Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week according to ESPN, but Smith could even miss the beginning of their official training camp to improve his leverage in contract talks. The two sides are reportedly still far apart and no recent progress has been made. Smith wants to return and is looking for a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound like he's interested in taking a discount and he could explore other options if the talks don't progress soon. For what it's worth, a move away from Cleveland is pretty unlikely, but it could be a good thing for his fantasy value. Monday, 8:18 am
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  • Report: Ben Simmons to see 30-plus minutes
    Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Ben Simmons to play "30-plus" minutes per game this season.

    Advice: The 76ers have a ton of competition at each spot on the roster, but Simmons is the safest bet to lead Philly in minutes played because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions. He will have the ball in his hands a ton and will operate as a "traditional point guard" for stretches of the game, so his impact will be felt right away in DFS and points leagues. With that said, his standard-league value could be held in check by turnovers, a low FG percentage and a lack of a 3-point shot. Monday, 7:23 am
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