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  • Shumpert (concussion symptoms) won't return
    Iman Shumpert (concussion symptoms) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers are still evaluating him in the locker room, so there could be another update after the game. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes. With Kay Felder (concussion) on the shelf, DeAndre Liggins will take Shumpert's place in the rotation for the remainder of the game. 43 minutes ago
  • Iman Shumpert heads to the locker room
    Iman Shumpert (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He collided with Kristaps Porzingis and it seemed like he was having a tough time standing up on his own. The Cavs may check him for a concussion, but we'll have an update momentarily. 52 minutes ago
  • Irving, Smith, LeBron, Love, Tristan starting
    Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will start vs. the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: No surprises here. Kay Felder (concussion) is out, so Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae could see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench. Today, 4:37 pm
  • Parsons (knee) going through 5-on-5 work
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) has progressed to going through 5-on-5 work.

    Advice: Parsons said that he's been feeling "much better" now than he was at the start of training camp, that he hasn't lost a step, and that he hopes to get back on the court "soon." The Grizzlies have made it very clear that they won't rush anything with Parsons' rehab, but him going through full practices and 5-on-5 work is a very encouraging sign. He'll spend opening night on the sidelines, and remains without a firm timetable to return, but it does appear he's getting close. Today, 3:55 pm
  • Orlando picks up team option on Aaron Gordon
    The Magic have exercised their 2017-18 team option on Aaron Gordon.

    Advice: It was a no-brainer for Orlando. Gordon has improved steadily during his first two NBA seasons, and many believe he has breakout potential this year. Today, 2:20 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) cleared for opening night
    P.J. Tucker (back surgery) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Kings.

    Advice: Tucker will come off the bench behind T.J. Warren, and he'll be brought along slowly. Devin Booker is also expected to spend some time at the three-spot this year, so it's going to take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him for Tucker to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov will play in opener
    Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that both Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be good to go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Deng could provide some low-end value to begin the year, but his role could slowly diminish in Los Angeles as the losses begin to pile up and player development becomes a priority over wins. Mozgov signed a massive deal with the Lakers this offseason, but it would be surprising if he were a significant factor in fantasy hoops this year. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Paul Pierce (ankle) ruled out for Thursday
    Paul Pierce (right ankle) has been ruled out for the Clippers' regular-season opener against the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: Pierce's absence could certainly extend beyond opening night, but he's completely irrelevant in all settings. Today, 1:20 pm
  • Pondexter (knee) still not close to a return
    Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) is still not close to getting back on the court.

    Advice: "Quincy’s probably going to take a little bit longer than [Tyreke Evans to return]," Pelicans' GM Dell Demps said. "We’ll get a better determination on Quincy probably in about two weeks." With Evans' looking at a potential December return, it sounds like Pondexter might not get back to the court until sometime in January. He doesn't offer enough upside to warrant a hold in any setting. Today, 1:18 pm
  • Deng, Mozgov probable for season opener
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are probable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Neither guy is dealing with a significant injury, so it would be very surprising to see them miss opening night. Deng will be L.A.'s starting small forward, but his minutes could be held in check with the development of Brandon Ingram being a priority for the Lakers. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) questionable for opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot) has been downgraded to questionable for opening night.

    Advice: Even if he's cleared to play, there are no guarantees he actually steps foot on the court. Today, 12:32 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons (calf) will play Tuesday
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) is good to go for San Antonio's regular-season opener against the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll help fill the void with Danny Green (thigh) on the sidelines, but Kyle Anderson will be picking up most of the two-guard minutes. Simmons can't be relied upon in standard leagues. Today, 12:16 pm
  • Kyle Anderson will start Tuesday vs. Warriors
    Kyle Anderson will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Warriors with Danny Green (thigh) unavailable.

    Advice: Anderson is going to draw a very tough matchup tonight, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do going up against Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. While Anderson could struggle to produce, Thompson could have himself a very nice game tonight. The Spurs do start the year with a four-game week, so picking up Anderson for streaming purposes does make sense. Today, 12:05 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) questionable for opener
    Tony Snell (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against Charlotte.

    Advice: If Snell can't suit up for Wednesday's game, there's a chance we could see rookie Malcom Brogdon start in his first career game with Jason Terry logging extended minutes off the bench. Check back for another update on Snell following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Today, 11:54 am
  • Miles, Brooks available for season opener
    C.J. Miles (knee) and Aaron Brooks (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Nate McMillan said he will use both guys sparingly, so neither one can be considered a viable fantasy target in any setting. Today, 11:48 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) has been downgraded to questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's getting close to a return, but may be forced to sit out the first game of the season. Allen is little more than a steals specialist in deep leagues. Today, 11:43 am
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) probable for opener
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) went through a full practice on Tuesday and is probable to play in Wednesday's season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: It's going to be tough for Valentine to see much floor time at all while the team is at full strength. Leave him on the wire. Today, 11:42 am
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) out for season opener
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play in Utah's regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: He's hoping to get back on the court sometime in mid-to-late November, but this is just a reminder to get him out of your lineups for the first game of the year. Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson will pick up the slack in his absence. Today, 11:24 am
  • Terrence Ross (knee) will play in opener.
    Terrence Ross (knee) will play in the season opener on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Ross has been dealing with a nagging knee injury during the preseason but appears ready to roll on Opening Night. However, Ross will have a limited fantasy impact this season, even when fully healthy, as he is stuck behind DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll in the Raptors rotation. Today, 9:57 am
  • Derrick Jones Jr. makes Suns 15-man roster
    Derrick Jones Jr. has made the Suns opening night roster.

    Advice: Jones is raw but extremely athletic. "He’s the most athletic player on our team and that says a lot with Marquese Chriss sitting right here," Suns coach Earl Watson said earlier in the preseason. "He has the potential to be a defender, 3-point shooter and play above the rim. But he has to get NBA reps and get an NBA work ethic." He's unlikely to make have any fantasy value this season. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • G John Jenkins will make final 15-man roster.
    The Suns will keep John Jenkins on the opening night roster.

    Advice: That will guarantee his $1.05 million salary for the season. Jenkins made the final roster spot over Archie Goodwin, who the Suns waived at Monday's deadline. The Suns are loaded with plenty of guard depth, so it is highly unlikely Jenkins has any fantasy value this season. Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Sixers will waive F James Webb III
    Sixers waive F James Webb III.

    Advice: The 76ers gave him a fighting chance with 15 minutes per game in the preseason. Webb is unlikely to be claimed, which would mean he'll head to the D-League. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
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  • Sixers will waive F Shawn Long.
    Sixers waive F Shawn Long.

    Advice: He played in all seven preseason games for the 76ers with 10.2 minutes per outing, but didn't play well with just a 34.4 field goal percentage. Long will likely be joining the D-League 87ers. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
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  • Tony Allen expected to play opener.
    Tony Allen (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen missed all six of the Grizzlies preseason games due to knee soreness, but it's is obviously an encouraging sign that he is ready to roll for the season opener on Wednesday night. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) won't play in opener.
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) will not play in season opener.

    Advice: Parsons is recovering from surgery to his right knee and had been making progress. There was some hope that he would be ready for the season's first game, but coach David Fizdale told reporters on Monday that Parsons would not be available. Afer signing Parsons to a max deal this summer, the Grizz are understandably taking a cautious approach with their $94.4 million investment. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Lakers waive F Anthony Brown
    The Lakers have waived F Anthony Brown.

    Advice: The Lakers roster now stands at 15, meaning that Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson made the final cut. Brown is likely bound for the D-League. Yesterday, 11:08 am
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  • C.J. Miles (knee) goes through full practice
    C.J. Miles (knee) has been a full participant during Indiana's past two practices.

    Advice: He scrimmaged with the team on Sunday, so there's a chance he's available for Indiana's regular-season opener on Wednesday vs. the Mavericks. However, as Paul George's backup, Miles offers very little fantasy value. Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) out for season opener
    Josh Richardson (right knee) has been ruled out for Miami's regular-season opener against Orlando.

    Advice: Richardson still hasn't been able to take contact, and never really had a chance of being ready for opening night, but his absence shouldn't extend too far into the regular-season. He said that he's no longer experiencing pain in his injured right now, although it does get a little sore after workouts. Richardson has a decent shot of starting at the two-spot for Miami once he's fully up to speed, so he's someone to consider swooping up with a late-round pick in leagues that offer an IR-spot. Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Lance Stephenson makes Pelicans' 15-man squad
    Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

    Advice: Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • Pelicans waive Alonzo Gee
    The Pelicans have waived Alonzo Gee.

    Advice: The final decision came down to Gee vs. Lance Stephenson, but with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) set to begin the year on the sidelines, Stephenson's playmaking ability became a need and likely put him over the top. Gee will be paid $1.2 million to not play for New Orleans this season, but he should be able to latch on with another team. He's not a fantasy option in any scenario, though. Yesterday, 7:47 am
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  • 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. Sunday, 12:40 pm
  • Hoiberg hopeful Valentine can play in opener
    Fred Hoiberg said that Denzel Valentine (ankle) should be able to go through a full practice on Monday, and he's hopeful that Valentine will be ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: Valentine was again limited to non-contact work during Sunday's practice, but it sounds like he's making some solid progress, so opening night could be a possibility. Still, he's going to struggle to find meaningful minutes while the Bulls are at full strength, meaning he's not worth drafting in almost any format. Sunday, 12:28 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play in opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot strain) is expected to be ready for Dallas' regular season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Acy was able to go through half of Sunday's practice, so he should be good to go by Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that he'll be in the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Acy in any setting. Sunday, 11:16 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. Sunday, 10:09 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 6:29 am
  • LeBron's minutes won't impact MVP chances
    LeBron James does not believe his minutes will impact his MVP bid.

    Advice: "No," James said. "Because Steph played 31 minutes a game and he won the MVP." The King with multiple rings has a good point, and it won't be surprising if/when James reasserts himself atop the MVP race given Curry is now playing alongside Kevin Durant. James and Tyronn Lue have discussed limiting LeBron's minutes, but it's not like he's suddenly going to dip below 30 minutes per contest. Saturday, 3:48 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. Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Report: Gee vs. Stephenson for final spot
    The Pelicans are expected to choose between Alonzo Gee and Lance Stephenson for the final roster spot.

    Advice: Given the injuries that New Orleans has in its backcourt, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pelicans opt for Born Ready's playmaking over keeping Gee. We'll have our answer one way or another no later than Monday afternoon. Saturday, 2:01 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. Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • Denzel Valentine does non-contact practice
    Denzel Valentine (left ankle sprain) was able to participate in the non-contact portions of Saturday's practice.

    Advice: In other words, Valentine went through dummy drills. It remains unclear if he'll be ready for opening night, but the Bulls recently acquired Michael Carter-Williams who should play ahead of Valentine regardless. Saturday, 12:23 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) not practicing yet
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is not yet practicing with the team.

    Advice: We are just providing this update in order to make it clear that Hayward is still in the early stages of his recovery. The star swingman is targeting a return in mid-to-late November. Saturday, 12:13 pm
  • Spurs exercise Kyle Anderson's 4th-yr option
    Spurs exercise the fourth-year contract option on F Kyle Anderson.

    Advice: This was just a formality and was never really in doubt. Anderson is expected to begin the season with a larger role because Danny Green (thigh) will be out of the lineup. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Paul Pierce (ankle) to miss the season opener
    Paul Pierce (right ankle sprain) is expected to miss the season opener.

    Advice: The Clippers begin their season on the road in Portland on Thursday, but Pierce will not be available. To be honest, he may not have played even if he were healthy, and Doc Rivers added that the veteran won't be practicing for a while, so he's very likely looking at missing more than just one game. Los Angeles will use a mix of Luc Mbah a Moute, Alan Anderson and Wes Johnson in Pierce's (possibly extended) absence. Saturday, 11:17 am
  • Bucks could extend Tony Snell?
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, it's possible that the Bucks could extend Tony Snell's contract prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: He hasn't even played a game for his new club yet, but this is interesting because we've already heard reports that the Bucks want Snell to start on the wings this season. He was very disappointing in Chicago last season and we're not sure what the Bucks see in him, so fantasy owners in deeper leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Snell averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting in 33 starts last season. Saturday, 9:23 am
  • P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready for opener
    P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Saturday, 8:39 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) unsure of return
    Josh Richardson (knee) said he's not sure when he will be able to take contact in practice.

    Advice: "They haven’t really told me," Richardson said. "They’re just trying to get me back on the court working a little bit." He's been on the shelf for seven weeks and was originally given a 6-8 week timetable, but his status for the season opener doesn't look good. Once healthy, Richardson should be able to win the starting SG role and is worth a stash if you have some dead weight on your roster. Saturday, 8:08 am
  • Kyle Anderson ready to step up for Spurs
    Kyle Anderson said he's ready to step up with Danny Green (thigh) on the shelf.

    Advice: "I’ve played this game for a long time and I feel I can play a lot of different positions," Anderson said. "If the coaches have faith in me, of course, I’m going to have faith in myself." Coach Gregg Popovich has been looking for more minutes for Anderson and added that the forward has a "good feel for the game," so he's the favorite to slide into the starting unit for the first three weeks of the season. The Spurs are the only team with four games in Week 1, so he's not a bad streaming option after scoring 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes on Friday. On a side note, the Spurs exercised their team option to extend Anderson's contract on Friday. Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Jonathon Simmons will be ready for opener
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) promised that he would be ready for the season opener on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Danny Green (quad) is expected to miss a few weeks of action, so Simmons could also be in the rotation. Coach Gregg Popovich previously said that Simmons could miss "days" with his injury, but it sounds relatively minor. The Spurs will use a committee approach to replace Green's minutes, so guys like Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson and Patty Milles could get a slight bump. For now, Simmons doesn't belong on most fantasy rosters. Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Kyle Anderson scores 10 in start
    Kyle Anderon scored 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes during his start for Danny Green (quad) on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich is a mad scientist when it comes to replacing an injured starter, but most signs point to it being Anderson. The Spurs could obviously shift Kawhi Leonard over to the two and give themselves more size on the outside -- Anderson can guard most threes. Pop has also said he wanted to get Anderson more minutes, so this situation gives him a chance to do so. He's not a lock for consistent production, but give him a look if you have dead weight until things clear up. Friday, 9:40 pm
  • Parsons practicing, not cleared for games
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has fully participated in the last two practices, but has yet to be cleared for game action.

    Advice: "No problems at all with the knee," Parsons said to ESPN. There is still some hope Parsons can get out there for the opener, but the Grizzlies will take it easy on their max guy. He's going to slide in fantasy drafts big time, but he does have value after the middle rounds. Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Luol Deng out for Friday night
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a night off for the veteran. Deng should start the opener, but he'll have Brandon Ingram right behind him all season. Friday, 5:43 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
  • Simmons could miss 'days' with injury
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Jonathon Simmons (calf) could miss "days" with his injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he could be ready to start the season. If he can make it back before Danny Green (thigh), Simmons could be in the rotation. Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Kyle Anderson starting on Friday night
    Kyle Anderson will start for Danny Green (thigh) on Friday night.

    Advice: The position flexibility is helpful here and we might see Anderson run more stuff on offense. With Danny Green (thigh) possibly missing weeks, there is a chance here. He's been a little disappointing this month, so he's only a short-term option. Friday, 3:57 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
  • 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
  • Spurs pick up options on Slo-Mo
    The Spurs exercised their fourth-year option on Kyle Anderson.

    Advice: This was a no-brainer for the Spurs. Anderson has been a letdown this month after coach Gregg Popovich said he has to find playing time for him. If Kawhi Leonard misses time, Anderson will be a hot fantasy add. Friday, 11:45 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
  • ESPN: Wolves interested in Iman Shumpert
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wolves are among "several teams" who are interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Shumpert hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a four-year, $40 million deal prior to last season, as he shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from deep in 2015-16. The report adds that the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert for nothing, though they could significantly improve their tax situation if they find a suitor for the SG. His upside isn't great, so there's no need to stash him. On a side note, Zach LaVine's owners have nothing to worry about. Friday, 7:17 am
  • Aaron Gordon (ankles) will start on Thursday
    Aaron Gordon (sore ankles) will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason finale against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will be joining Gordon in the starting five for tonight's meaningless game, and it's looking like that'll be the starting lineup that the Magic go with on opening night. Gordon hasn't had the best preseason thus far, but he's going to get a ton of opportunity under Frank Vogel and remains a high-upside, mid-round target. Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • Paul Pierce (ankle) doesn't practice Thursday
    Paul Pierce (right ankle) was withheld from competing in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Pierce injured his ankle when he stepped on a sideline reporters foot, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for opening night. The 39-year-old is not worth drafting in any league. Thursday, 12:39 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) ruled out for Friday
    Quincy Acy (right foot sprain) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) targeting opener
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) is hopeful he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: "That’s the plan," Valentine said when asked if he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. "But if not, then just have to keep going with how I feel. Hopefully, I'm back soon." With the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams, it's going to be really tough for Valentine to see meaningful minutes his rookie season. Thursday, 11:16 am
  • Josh Richardson out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh Richardson (knee) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: This doesn't come as a huge surprise as Richardson isn't expected to be ready for opening night, but his absence isn't expected to extend too far into the regular season. He'll serve as Miami's starting shooting guard upon his return, so he's worth a late-round pick in standard league drafts. Thursday, 7:57 am
  • Luol Deng rested Wednesday vs. Warriors
    Luol Deng will be rested vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's nothing to see here, as L.A. is taking the opportunity to rest the veteran in a meaningless game. Nick Young will get the start at SF in his absence. Wednesday, 5:27 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
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play on Thursday night.

    Advice: He is going through some contact in practice and has a good chance to be ready on opening night. Valentine should be in the rotation with around 20 minutes per game, but he loses some value with the Michael Carter-Williams deal. Wednesday, 11:11 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
  • Aaron Gordon (ankles) questionable Thursday
    Aaron Gordon (sore ankles) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's preseason game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: If there's even the slightest concern that he's may be less than 100 percent, you can bet that Gordon won't take the court for Thursday's meaningless game. It is, however, important to note that Gordon is simply dealing with sore ankles so he should be just fine for opening night. Gordon could be in for a breakout year under Frank Vogel, so he's a high-upside guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Wednesday, 9:57 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
  • Paul Pierce sprains his ankle in warmups
    Paul Pierce sprained his right ankle prior to Tuesday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He's obviously not playing and he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Pierce will log most of his minutes as a backup four this season, but the Clippers will keep his playing time in the teens. He's not a fantasy asset. Tuesday, 8:53 pm
  • Return of the King: LeBron scores 18
    LeBron James returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Wizards, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's in mid-season form and finished 8-of-13 from the field. The Cavs will likely monitor his workload this season and he will have some maintenance days down the stretch, so that's why he usually falls to the end of the first round in most drafts. Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) out Wednesday
    Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: This was his final chance to play in the preseason, so this is disappointing. The Grizzlies won't provide a timetable, but Parsons has been spotted running and getting some shots up. For now, we'll consider him closer to doubtful for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:13 pm
  • 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
  • Josh Richardson (knee) out Tuesday vs. ORL
    Josh Richardson (knee) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Magic.

    Advice: Richardson has been slowly ramping up his activities, but he still hasn't been cleared for contact, so it's looking like he might not be ready for opening night. Still, his absence shouldn't extend too far into the regular season, and he does present enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues as he'll likely be Miami's starting two-guard once he's fully up to speed. Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) out Wednesday vs. Indiana
    Tony Snell (left ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and will remain sidelined for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: Snell still has a week to get himself ready for opening night, so he should be fine. It's worth noting that Jason Kidd implied that Snell will be Milwaukee's starting two-guard on opening night, which makes sense given the lack of options. Still, through 33 starts last season Snell only managed to compile averages of 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting, so he's remains an unattractive target in most settings. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) limited at practice
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) was limited to conditioning work during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Valentine should be considered questionable for Thursday's exhibition game against the Hawks, and if he's out, it'll be Isaiah Canaan earning some extended minutes. Valentine is likely going to struggle to get meaningful minutes his rookie season, so he's not a great target in most settings. Tuesday, 11:51 am
  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Aaron Gordon (sore ankles) his been ruled out for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: Gordon said that he's been dealing with soreness in both his ankles, but didn't seem all that concerned about it, simply saying that there's no reason to push it for a meaningless preseason game. He should be just fine when the regular season tips, and we like him as a high-upside, mid-round target with major breakout potential. With Gordon on the sidelines Tuesday night, Mario Hezonja could be in line for a start. Tuesday, 11:35 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
  • Josh Richardson able to do non-contact work
    Josh Richardson (knee) was able to go through non-contact portions of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said RIcharson was "able to get out there and do a decent portion of the non-contact work," but Miami isn't looking to rush Richardson back. While it looks like Richardson isn't going to be ready for the start of the regular season, he's worth a stash in standard leagues as the favorite to start at SG. Tuesday, 7:00 am
  • Jazz confident in Gordon Hayward re-signing
    The Jazz are confident they'll be able to re-sign Gordon Hayward (finger) when he becomes a free agent after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Hayward is out four-to-six weeks with a broken left right finger, but the Jazz are confident they'll be able to keep him in Utah when he hits free agency next summer. "But fundamentally, if we do the right things here," said general manager Dennis Lindsey. "Let's just be honest, we have an advantage by having his Bird rights. There's a lot of money associated with the fifth year and higher raises." Hayward is targeting a mid-to-late November return and is still worth a pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 6:01 am
  • P.J. Tucker (back) does some 3-on-3
    P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup. Oct 17, 1:04 pm
  • John Jenkins goes through scrimmage
    John Jenkins (abdomen) went through a team scrimmage on Monday.

    Advice: He missed two preseason games due to the injury. Jenkins isn't a complete lock to make the roster, so staying healthy in the next week will be big for him. Oct 17, 1:01 pm
  • Josh Richardson unlikely for season opener
    Josh Richardson (knee) is not expected to be ready in time for the season opener.

    Advice: He went through most of the non-contact work in Monday's practice, but the Heat probably don't want to rush him back. Richardson is the favorite to start at SG once he's fully healthy and he has plenty of upside, but he's just a stash in standard leagues until we hear a concrete timetable. Oct 17, 11:02 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
  • Tony Snell traded to the Bucks
    Tony Snell has been traded to the Bucks in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams.

    Advice: Snell couldn't have landed in a better situation with Khris Middleton (groin) sidelined for several months, but he still has a ton of work to do. Last year in Chicago, Snell averaged just 5.3 points, 3.1 boards, 1.0 assists and 0.9 3-pointers in 20.3 minutes, shooting 37.2 percent from the field. He actually has a decent chance of leapfrogging Rashad Vaughn in the rotation, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Oct 17, 7:56 am
  • Quincy Acy could miss rest of preseason
    Quincy Acy (right ankle) is out of his walking boot, but could be rested for the remainder of the preseason.

    Advice: The Mavs don't want to rush him back and it sounds like he could be ready for the season opener. Dwight Powell had a really strong offseason, so Acy may not be in the rotation. Oct 16, 10:55 am
  • ESPN: CHI, MIL talking Snell-MCW trade
    The Bucks and Bulls are in "deep talks" on a Michael Carter-Williams for Tony Snell trade, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Bucks just can't find an answer for replacing Khris Middleton (hamstring). Rashad Vaughn (ankle) has been hurt and has struggled perhaps more than any player with decent minutes since the All-Star break. Snell would likely be thrust into a starting role on his new team and he is playing a lot better. Unless you're in a deeper league and the wire is dry, Snell is only a lukewarm pickup. Oct 15, 8:30 pm
  • Aaron Gordon loving his new role
    Aaron Gordon said he loves "the idea of being more of a playmaker and taking on a bigger scoring role."

    Advice: "That's something that I'm going to have to do for us to be successful and I'm ready for that," Gordon said. Coach Frank Vogel has said he's "going to ask him to do it all" this season, as well. While it hasn't clicked for him yet with just two assists in his 47 preseason minutes, the Magic will try to give him the rock. His upside is huge in the later middle rounds. Oct 15, 4:56 pm
  • Josh Richardson (knee surgery) out Saturday
    Josh Richardson (right knee surgery) will not play on Saturday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: It's just a reminder here. Richardson is targeting the season opener, but we should have a better idea if that's realistic next week when the Heat begin their final stretch of preseason play. Oct 15, 3:06 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
  • Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) out Saturday
    Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) will not play on Saturday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: No revenge game for Parsons here. The new max contract man continues to rehab, but the concerning part of that is how the updates on his potential return have been few and far between. There may not be a bigger high-risk, high-reward target in fantasy basketball right now. At this juncture, we're considering Parsons very questionable for opening night. Oct 15, 12:33 pm
  • Report: Hayward (finger) is without timetable
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is without a timetable to return, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Hayward was given a four-to-six week prognosis prior, and it's likely that the Jazz just don't want to announce anything publicly in order to avoid unnecessary questions and/or speculation leading up to his return. For now, we're still expecting Hayward to target a return around mid-to-late November, so anyone who drafts him should be prepared to spend at least the first three-to-four weeks without an important part of their fantasy team. Oct 15, 11:28 am
  • Jazz not expected to add any depth at SG/SF
    The Jazz are not expected to add any depth to fill the void left by Gordon Hayward.

    Advice: Hayward's broken left finger will not require surgery and the Jazz are hopeful that he can make a "faster-than-expected recovery." His current timetable has him returning in late November, so he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds. Joe Johnson should start in his absence and Rodney Hood will have more responsibility. Oct 15, 7:35 am
  • Iman Shumpert will move back to bench
    Iman Shumpert is now expected to come off the bench this season.

    Advice: J.R. Smith agreed to a four-year deal with the Cavs on Friday and should be back in the starting lineup. The Cavaliers don't have a lot of depth in their backcourt, so maybe Shumpert can see more than the 24.4 minutes per game he saw last season. With that said, he doesn't have much upside and is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Oct 15, 7:02 am
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