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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
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in opener
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in Minnesota's regular-season opener against Memphis on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wiggins experienced an allergic reaction in his eyes and said that his face swelled up so bad that he felt like Will Smith in Hitch. He's fine now, though, and there's nothing suggesting that he won't take the court Wednesday night. Additionally, the Wolves have exercised their fourth year option on Wiggins. Today, 3:26 pm
  • 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
  • Eric Gordon scrimmages with starters Sunday
    Eric Gordon ran with the starting unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) set to spend the first 4-6 weeks of the year on the sidelines, Gordon looks locked and loaded as Houston's starting two-guard. While he does seem to always suffer a long-term injury at some point, he still makes for a fine late-round selection as a guy with mid-round upside. Today, 1:28 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) scrimmages on Sunday
    C.J. Miles (left knee) scrimmaged on Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like Miles will be good to go for the regular season opener against the Mavericks on Wednesday, but he won't have much value at all this year as Paul George's backup. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) questionable for opener
    Alex Abrines (hip) was limited during Sunday's practice and Billy Donovan would not commit to him being ready for opening night.

    Advice: While Abrines is making progress in his recovery, he's still not able to take contact, and with the regular-season just three days away, we're going to consider him doubtful for opening night. That being said, Abrines probably won't be in the rotation all that often this season, so whether he plays or not will have no bearing in fantasy hoops. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Gary Harris (groin) doesn't practice Sunday
    Gary Harris (groin) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Harris is still hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for opening night, but acknowledged that if he's still not able to practice by Monday, then he'll begin the year on the sidelines. The worst-case scenario for Harris would be him returning by early-November, so it's not like he's dealing with a significant injury. He offers mid-round upside, but can easily be had towards the later rounds due to this injury. Today, 11:43 am
  • 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
  • Johnson, Hayward, Burks don't practice Sunday
    Joe Johnson, Gordon Hayward (finger) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Hayward is in the early stages of his recovery process and isn't expected to get back onto the court until mid-to-late November, while Burks remains out indefinitely following the offseason knee and ankle surgeries. Johnson's non-participation was due to rest, but he'll obviously be fine for opening night. Johnson could be more involved in Utah's offense to start the year with Hayward out, but he's not really worth drafting in standard settings. Today, 11:30 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
  • Terrence Ross limited at practice Sunday
    Terrence Ross took a knee to his thigh during Sunday's practice, but it's not believed to be serious.

    Advice: Ross has already been dealing with a knee issue, but he did play in the preseason finale. There will be an update on Monday, but Ross should be fine for the season opener. He's not a reliable option in standard leagues while the Raptors are healthy. Today, 10:09 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
  • Cavaliers expected to waive Dahntay Jones
    The Cavaliers are expected to waive Dahntay Jones.

    Advice: This means that DeAndre Liggins will make the 15-man roster. Jones wouldn't have been in the rotation anyways, especially after J.R. Smith finally re-signed. Today, 8:28 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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  • KCP likely heading for restricted free agency
    Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press expects Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to hit restricted free agency next summer.

    Advice: The Pistons have until Oct. 31 to reach an extension with KCP and the Pistons have made it clear that he's in their long-term plans, but they can maintain a little more financial flexibility by waiting to pay him until next summer. The Pistons will be able to match any offer for KCP as a RFA, and coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't expect it to be a distraction this season. KCP will have a massive role as the starting SG this season and is a nice late-round pick for owners targeting steals and treys. Today, 8:09 am
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Today, 7:41 am
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Today, 6:29 am
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to get extension?
    The Pistons are aiming to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to an extension.

    Advice: He is eligible to get his extension until Oct. 31, and if a deal isn't reached he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Coach Stan Van Gundy said it's just a matter of money on the extension. Caldwell-Pope ranked fourth in minutes per game last year at 36.7, but he's likely to see a dip on that front. If you need a shooting guard late, give him a look. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • C.J. Miles (left knee) will not need surgery
    C.J. Miles (left knee) will not require surgery.

    Advice: That's the good news. Here's the bad: Miles is dealing with swollen tissue just beneath his kneecap, and it's not clear when he might be able to return to the court. Although the veteran is optimistic he will be ready for the season opener, we're more pessimistic given it's a recurring issue coupled with the fact that there is no clear treatment plan in place. Miles is shooting jumpers and "occasionally" running on a treadmill, but you have to do a lot more than that to be an effective NBA player. Miles hopes the next step involves contact drills, but the Pacers will reevaluate him at every turn along the way. An MRI has ruled out any structural damage, but nobody seems to have a clear vision of what the timeline could be. "I'm definitely not going to get in a game without a chance to be in practice," Miles said. Glen Robinson III is the favorite to take Miles' minutes assuming he's out to begin the year. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) uncertain for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad contusion) is questionable for opening night.

    Advice: It's a wait-and-see approach with the veteran shooting guard, who just needs to see how the injury responds before assessing it further. If he's unable to get out there for the opener, Rodney McGruder would likely be in the rotation with Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Grizzlies waive F JaKarr Sampson on Saturday
    Grizzlies waive F JaKarr Sampson.

    Advice: Sampson was just signed on Friday, but it's likely that was done so Memphis could have his D-League rights. Given his athleticism and ability to defend, it's possible Sampson winds up elsewhere before opening night. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
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  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Yesterday, 1:47 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • D'Angelo Russell puts up 17-7-6 line
    D'Angelo Russell made 5-of-14 from the field for 17 points on Friday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: This is the kind of game to show the type of upside Russell has. Even when he doesn't shoot the ball well, he adds output in several other categories. He'll be running the offense for basically his entire time on the court and offers added upside with steals, treys, dimes and more. There will be some bumps in the road, but Russell is in the mix as an early-round pick. Friday, 10:28 pm
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Friday, 9:30 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
  • 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
  • Wayne Ellington suffers quad contusion
    Wayne Ellington suffered a right quad contusion on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said the bruise is decent and said he won't do much in the next few days. Ellington started tonight and has been a bit of a place holder for Josh Richardson (knee). He looks like he has a decent chance to make the team, but he's not a lock for minutes once Richardson is good to go. Friday, 5:48 pm
  • 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
  • Andrew Wiggins out, Shabazz Muhammad in
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will not play while Shabazz Muhammad (hip) will on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants to use his starters into the fourth, so we'll see a bunch of the other four first-unit guys. Wiggins should be OK for the opener next week. Friday, 4:19 pm
  • Update: Terrence Ross in, Cory Joseph out
    Terrence Ross will dress and Cory Joseph is out with flu-like symptoms for Friday.

    Advice: The Raptors have said Ross is in, then out, and now he's in again today. Friday, 4:07 pm
  • 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
  • Update: Terrence Ross will not play
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported earlier Ross was going to play, but the Raptors will keep him out. He still should be able to suit up for the opener as the first wing off the bench. He and Norman Powell negate each other in the second unit. Friday, 2:53 pm
  • JaKarr Sampson signs with Memphis
    Grizzlies sign F JaKarr Sampson.

    Advice: The Nuggets have too much depth right now for Sampson to make the roster, but that's not the case in Memphis. Sampson saw 18.0 minutes per game for the depleted Nuggets after the break last year and was coming around as a scorer. He's still only emergency depth on Memphis. Friday, 2:25 pm
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  • C.J. Miles up in the air for opener
    C.J. Miles (knee) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: With Miles down, the Pacers have seen Glenn Robinson III have a wonderful preseason. Miles is expected to play more stretch four in the second unit, but his minutes could be in jeopardy if GR3 keeps playing well. Friday, 1:44 pm
  • Gary Harris could play in the season opener?
    According to coach Michael Malone, Gary Harris (groin) could play in the season opener.

    Advice: Wow. Malone said that Harris is way ahead of schedule which contradicts a report by the Denver Post on Thursday. Malone added that he has a "real chance" to play in the opener, so this should improve his draft stock. Harris has mid-round upside and will be the starter at SG when healthy, so take advantage of his discounted price while you still can. Friday, 10:15 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) questionable Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (hip) is also questionable. Wiggins returned to practice on Thursday, but if he is ultimately held out, it will likely just be a precaution. He will be fine for the regular season. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Friday, 9:16 am
  • Terrence Ross will play, Cory Joseph will not
    Terrence Ross (knee) will play on Friday vs. the Wizards, while Cory Joseph (illness) has been ruled out.

    Advice: Ross was able to get up some shots on Wednesday and this confirms that he will be ready for opening night, barring a setback. The Raptors have been talking him up a ton, but he's not a lock to be the first wing off the bench with Norman Powell around. Ross is only on the radar in deeper formats. Friday, 8:24 am
  • Nuggets pick up Gary Harris' option
    The Nuggets have picked up their team option on Gary Harris.

    Advice: A report by Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post on Thursday indicated the Harris is still "a ways away" from playing, but his current timetable has him returning the court in early November. Once healthy, Harris will be the starting SG and he has mid-round upside for his treys and steals, so he's definitely worth taking in the late rounds. Friday, 6:54 am
  • 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
  • Gary Harris still a ways away
    Gary Harris (groin) is still "a ways away" from playing, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: It's been mostly positives on Harris lately with the third-year guard doing some shooting pre-game. There isn't a formal timetable on Harris, but the window based on a handful or reports seems to be at some point in early November. Despite the Nuggets taking two shooting guards in the first round, Harris should still get plenty of run. His injury caused him to slide to become a solid pick in the last two rounds. Thursday, 4:31 pm
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • Wiggins, Muhammad practice on Thursday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) went through a full practice on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to consider both guys questionable for the preseason finale against Charlotte on Friday, but neither guy is dealing with anything that should linger into the regular season. Wiggins should be able to take another step forward under Tom Thibodeau, so he's a decent guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) limited to shooting Thurs
    Alex Abrines (hip) was limited to some light shooting during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Abrines' hip injury doesn't sound all that serious, so he should be good to go once the regular season tips. However, he's not going to have a large enough role in the rotation to command fantasy value in any setting. Thursday, 12:18 pm
  • 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
  • Joe Johnson quiet despite another start
    Joe Johnson had another quiet game on Wednesday with four points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson didn't play poorly, but his limited minutes and stats are symptomatic of his new role as a veteran glue-guy in Utah. It's hard to justify drafting him in standard leagues, even with Gordon Hayward (finger) on the sidelines to start the season. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • 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
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • 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
  • C.J. Miles (sore knee) held out of contact
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) did spot-up shooting on Wednesday but he didn't participate in contact drills.

    Advice: Miles won't play on Wednesday, obviously, and it's unclear when he'll be cleared to return -- the injury doesn't sound too serious but Indiana might play it safe with the veteran marksman. If he does miss time, expect Glenn Robinson III to pick up most of his minutes. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad out vs. MEM
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will miss Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to miss his top two small forward tonight. Brandon Rush has played mostly at shooting guard, but he should have no problem sliding over. We'll also see if Thibs wants to roll with more three-guard lineups. Wiggins should be good to go for the season. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Miles (knee), Brooks (knee) out Wednesday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) and Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) have been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but it always seems to be something with Miles. Neither Miles nor Brooks will be worth drafting in most leagues this season. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Terrence Ross (knee) out Wednesday vs. DET
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Ross was able to get on the court for some light shooting during Wednesday morning's shootaround, so he is making progress, although it seems unlikely that he'll be able to suit up for Toronto's final two preseason games. He should be good to go by opening night, but Ross won't be a fantasy hoops factor this season stuck in a reserve role fighting for minutes with Norman Powell. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • 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
  • Alex Abrines (hip) out Tuesday vs. Denver
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Abrines on the sidelines Tuesday night, Semaj Christon should be able to pick up some extra minutes, although neither of these guys will have any fantasy value when the regular season begins. Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • C.J. Miles takes some practice shots on Tues
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) didn't practice, but was able to take some shots on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miles will travel with the team to Milwaukee and is expected to participate in shootaround on Wednesday. While Miles looks to be on track for the regular season opener, he doesn't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Caldwell-Pope scores 23 w/ six treys
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, six treys and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: There he is. In his four previous games, KCP was in a dreadful shooting slump, hitting just 2-of-16 from deep while averaging 8.0 points per game. He’s prone to shooting slumps, but KCP should be a steady source of treys and steals as the starting SG in Detroit and Stan Van Gundy likes to give him a heavy workload -- he averaged 36.7 minutes per game last season. He’s usually available in the later rounds. Monday, 6:55 pm
  • 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
  • Alex Abrines (hip flexor)
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday, but it doesn't sound serious. Abrines has shown some solid defense to go with his shooting touch, so he could get in the rotation at times. Oct 17, 11:04 am
  • Terrence Ross (knee) targeting opening night
    Terrence Ross (knee) did not practice on Monday but the Raptors are expecting him back next week.

    Advice: Additionally, the Raptors believe he will be ready for opening night. Ross has been hyped quite a bit by the Raptors this summer, but his fantasy outlook is still pretty bleak -- he's going to be fighting for minutes off the bench with impressive second-year player Norman Powell. Ross is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Oct 17, 10:59 am
  • C.J. Miles (sore left knee) misses practice
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) missed practice again on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMilan said that Miles is day-to-day, but he's not a lock to be ready for opening night either. If he can't go, Glenn Robinson III could be in the rotation behind Paul George after a solid preseason. Miles isn't worth monitoring outside of deeper leagues. Oct 17, 10:41 am
  • Alex Abrines exits Sunday w/ bruised hip
    Thunder SG Alex Abrines didn't return to Sunday's game after bruising his right hip.

    Advice: Abrines has impressed coach Billy Donovan this preseason, but he has an uphill battle to earn a spot in the rotation. Consider him day-to-day. Oct 16, 6:40 pm
  • Rubio, LaVine, Wiggins, Dieng, Towns resting
    Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns will all be rested for Sunday's preseason game against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back set during the preseason, meaning there was no way any of these guys were going to take the floor tonight, not even for Tom Thibodeau. Kris Dunn is going to be very busy. Oct 16, 3:55 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
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 23 points vs. Heat
    Andrew Wiggins scored a preseason-high 23 points against the Heat on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 31 minutes.

    Advice: After he struggled to hit jumpers earlier this preseason, Wiggins went back to the well with his attacking style. Although, he did have four makes outside of the paint in this game. Wiggins does only have one 3-pointer in his four preseason games, so he might not be able to clear 1.0 per game this season. He's still a decent guy to take in the middle of drafts as long as you're not reaching up too high to get him. Oct 15, 8:20 pm
  • D'Antoni: Eric Gordon could start for Rockets
    Mike D'Antoni said that Eric Gordon could start over Patrick Beverley (knee) for the Rockets.

    Advice: D'Antoni said that Gordon isn't starting on Saturday because he wants to keep him in the role that he's expected to have when Beverley returns, but then added in the same breath that EJ could eventually start over Beverley. It doesn't sound like even D'Antoni is sure on exactly what he wants to do, but it's nice to have options. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Gordon should play closer to starter's minutes and looks like a good late-round source of 3-pointers and scoring so long as he remains on the court. Oct 15, 3:35 pm
  • C.J. Miles (left knee) not a lock for opener
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) is not a lock to be ready by opening night.

    Advice: Although he's labeled as day-to-day, nobody seems to really know when Miles will be able to get back onto the court. "He's being reevaluated as far as where he's at and being able to get on the floor," said head coach Nate McMillan. As a result, Glen Robinson III has been given a new opportunity and could be in line to begin the year in the rotation. When discussing Miles, McMillan confirmed that "Glenn has taken that spot." Oct 15, 2:10 pm
  • Walton challenges Russell to improve defense
    Luke Walton challenged D'Angelo Russell to improve his defense.

    Advice: The head coach began by stating that D-Lo played a "complete game" on the offensive end of the floor, but his defense remains a major work in progress and is James Harden-esque at times right now. The reality is that D-Lo is still learning how to balance his game on both sides of the ball, and it's to be expected that his offense is ahead of his defense. If Russell can step up his game on D, his fantasy value will continue to move in the right direction. Oct 15, 1:17 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
  • Nuggets waive Sampson and Toupane
    The Nuggets have waived JaKarr Sampson, Axel Toupane and D.J. Kennedy.

    Advice: Their roster is now down to 17, meaning they still need to waive two more guys. Sampson has improved a ton since his Philly days and should draw some interest around the league. Oct 15, 9:30 am
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  • 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
  • Tony Allen is still out
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are likely going to hold him out for a little while longer. Given his injury history, there's little reason to draft The Grindfather almost anywhere. Oct 14, 3:37 pm
  • T-Ross out again on Friday
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He tweaked his knee on a 360-degree jam in practice earlier this week. The good news is that the MRI came back clean, so he should be ready for the regular season. Oct 14, 2:56 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
  • Gary Harris won't rule out season opener
    Gary Harris (groin) won't rule out playing in the season opener, but added that it's not a target date either.

    Advice: "I’m just going day by day, just trying to get better each day," Harris said. "That’s two weeks down the road: We’ll see. I’m just trying to get better each day." He got up some shots on Thursday and said he felt "fine," but he said that was the first day that he tried to do anything. A return in early November is probably a little more realistic, but savvy fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to pounce on his discounted price. Oct 14, 8:45 am
  • C.J. Miles, Aaron Brooks ruled out Friday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) and Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) will not play vs. the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Miles was listed as doubtful, so the Pacers will hold him out as expected. It doesn't sound serious, so he should be ready for the opener in a couple weeks. Miles averaged 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting last season, but he will have a tough time matching those numbers on a revamped Pacers roster. Oct 14, 8:25 am
  • Up Loading: D'Angelo Russell goes off again
    D'Angelo Russell went bonkers yet again on Thursday, scoring 31 points on 10-of-14 from the field with one rebound, 11 assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The rep grows bigger for D-Loading. It's the second time he's scored more than 30 points this week and his 11 dimes are just one fewer than his 12 in the previous four. Russell is getting all the hype from the Lakers and their coaching staff this month, which isn't hard to believe given the favorable situation with coach Luke Walton. He's on the short list of major breakout players and will now likely cost you a top-50 pick. He looks like he'll be worth it. Oct 13, 10:13 pm
  • Alex Abrines has best NBA game
    Alex Abrines scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He is really impressing coach Billy Donovan with his defense and he's coming around as a more complete scorer. He didn't have any 3-pointers in his previous two games and only had three two-point makes in his three preseason games. Abrines doesn't have much fantasy value. Oct 13, 8:52 pm
  • Terrence Ross out for Thursday
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not play against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He tweaked his knee on a 360 jam, but the MRI came back clean. Chances are he will be missing time with this, but there is no timetable just yet. Ross is having himself a nice preseason, averaging 13.0 points per game. He's still going to be behind DeMarre Carroll during the season, though. With him out, there should be more minutes for Norman Powell. Oct 13, 4:07 pm
  • 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
  • C.J. Miles (knee) doubtful Friday vs. Orlando
    C.J. Miles (left knee) sat out Thursday's practice and is doubtful to suit up for Friday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: Miles isn't dealing with anything more than a sore knee, so he should be good to go when the regular season tips. However, his fantasy value is going to be nearly non-existent this season. Oct 13, 11:23 am
  • Joe Johnson quiet in 17 minutes as starter
    Joe Johnson started for the Jazz on Wednesday but he only produced six points and three rebounds in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran took a backseat offensively and finished 2-of-4 from the field with one 3-pointer. He could start at SF until Gordon Hayward (finger) returns to action, which may not be until late November. The veteran's durability is impressive (six total DNPs over the past three seasons), but his per-game upside with the Jazz leaves a lot to be desired. Oct 12, 9:19 pm
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