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  • Cavaliers trying to trade Mo Williams?
    According to ESPN, the Cavaliers are trying to trade Mo Williams.

    Advice: Williams didn't report to training camp and told the team that he intends to retire, but he did not file retirement paperwork with the league. The Cavs are in the market for a backup PG and need a roster spot, but they have not had meaningful discussions with Williams on a buyout agreement. The Cavs are willing to package Jordan McRae in a deal if they can get Williams off the books, so it will be interesting to see how this situation develops prior to the start of the season. For now, Kay Felder is Kyrie Irving's backup. 33 minutes ago
  • Harden, Ariza, Capela, Gordon out Friday
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Today, 9:05 am
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Marcus Smart's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Marcus Smart's sprained left ankle came back clean.

    Advice: This is good news, but there is no update to Smart's timetable and his return will depend on how well his ankle responds to treatment. We'll consider him questionable for the season opener, while preseason star Terry Rozier would be in line for a significant bump in minutes if Smart can't go. Today, 8:37 am
  • Bulls waive D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
    The Bulls have waived D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

    Advice: He wasn't expected to make the final roster and should end up in the D-League. Today, 8:33 am
  • Cory Joseph (illness) ruled out Friday
    Cory Joseph (illness) will not play on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: The Raptors won't push him at less than 100 percent and it gives them an excuse to get a long look at rookie Fred VanVleet. Joseph usually gets minutes in the 20s when healthy and he's had a strong preseason, but he's more of a handcuff for Kyle Lowry's owners. Today, 8:29 am
  • Holiday's wife undergoes successful surgery
    Jrue Holiday's wife, Lauren, underwent successful surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: This is wonderful news and we couldn't be happier for the Holiday family. Lauren had surgery to remove a "benign" tumor in her brain, and while it is a very complicated procedure, it sounds like she is doing well. We'll have an update once we know more. Today, 8:16 am
  • Hawks waive Will Bynum
    The Hawks have waived Will Bynum.

    Advice: The move brings the Hawks' roster down to 16 players. Jarrett Jack (knee) was also waived on Thursday, so the Hawks only have two active point guards left on the roster in Dennis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney. Today, 6:10 am
  • MCW makes his Bulls debut
    Michael Carter-Williams scored four points in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, adding one rebound, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He did make just 1-of-5 from the field. Carter-Williams is going to back up Rajon Rondo and should have plenty of shooters around him in the second unit. MCW is still not worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Derrick Rose won't play Thursday vs. Brooklyn
    Derrick Rose will not suit up for Thursday's game against the Nets.

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

    Advice: It's the first game of a back-to-back set, so it's not surprising at all to see Erik Spoelstra dish out a rest day to the 30-year-old veteran. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (blood clots) no longer in Miami, Dragic should easily be able to put up top-60 value as one of Miami's primary offensive weapons. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder) is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Spurs.

    Advice: If there's any doubt about the health of Prigioni's shoulder, you can bet that he won't be taking the court Friday night. Prigioni will turn 40 years old this season, and is not worth a draft pick in any setting. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Lauren Holiday set to undergo brain surgery
    Jrue Holiday's wife, Lauren Holiday, is scheduled to undergo brain surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Holiday family. Jrue is going to stay at home to tend to his wife and newly born child, and the Pelicans have made it clear that they will not put any pressure on Holiday to return to the court. He's out indefinitely, and it'll be Tim Frazier running the point in New Orleans until Holiday gets back. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) questionable for opener
    Danny Ainge said that it's unclear if Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) will be ready for Boston's regular season opener against the Nets on October 26.

    Advice: "Obviously we’ll be very careful with him," Ainge said. "The next few days we’ll have a better indication on Marcus’ ankle and how much it swells. It didn’t seem to be a terrible one, and yet he was in some pain so it is a little bit concerning." Smart was spotted leaving the TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and Boston beat reporters have speculated that he's looking at a two-week absence, so it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by opening night. Terry Rozier will benefit most in Smart's absence, while Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas will log extended minutes. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Hornets waive G Andrew Andrews
    The Hornets have waived G Andrew Andrews.

    Advice: Andrews never had a realistic shot of making the regular season roster with Ramon Sessions and Brian Roberts on guaranteed deals. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) doesn't practice Thursday
    Kyrie Irving (left calf tightness) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cavs maintain that Irving is fine, but with the regular-season just five days away, they're going to be extremely cautious with their star guard. Additionally, the Cavs are reportedly looking to add another backup point guard to the roster via trade, because they'd like to keep Irving's minutes "relatively low" during the regular-season and they don't believe Kay Felder is ready to handle major minutes at the NBA level. Mo Williams and Jordan McRae are the most likely to be traded. Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Kemba Walker misses shootaround on Thursday
    Kemba Walker (knee) missed shootaround on Thursday, according to head coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Walker will have his knee examined on Thursday, but it is just a routine checkup according to Clifford. While this doesn't sound like anything serious, we'll keep an eye on news coming out of Walker's checkup. Coming off a career-best season, Walker remains a solid target in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Derrick Rose unlikely to play against Nets
    Derrick Rose is unlikely to play against the Nets on Friday, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: Rose's civil trial has concluded, but Hornacek said he'd need to beg to get into Friday's preseason finale. While it doesn't look like we'll see Rose in the preseason, he'll open the regular season as the Knicks starting point guard and is worth a look in the later rounds of standard fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Steph Curry pours in 32 points w/ full line
    The Warriors beat the Lakers 123-112 on Wednesday, led by Steph Curry's 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting with six 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Steph shot 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line in a prime example of the Warriors' stat-happy attack -- Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all filled up the boxscore despite playing no more than 32 minutes. Sure, this came against a Lakers team which ranked dead-last in defensive efficiency last year, but it doesn't negate the fact that Steph is a truly elite fantasy option in any format. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) to be reevaluated Thurs
    Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) exited TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and he will be reevaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: "Early indications are that it looks like it will hopefully [be] not too long term," said coach Brad Stevens. Multiple beat writers have suggested a loose two-week timetable for Smart's return, which is good news for fantasy owners -- he turned the ankle badly, but seems to have avoided a high-ankle sprain. Terry Rozier would be the biggest winner if Smart misses any games, with Avery Bradley also stepping into some extra playing time. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Cory Joseph posts 10/6/4 off Raptors' bench
    Cory Joseph came off the bench for 10 points, six boards, four assists and one steal during Wednesday's road win, making 4-of-7 shots with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Terrence Ross (knee) sat out which resulted in 24 minutes for Joseph, who has been shooting the ball very well this preseason. He's not worth drafting in standard-depth leagues, but will be a popular pickup if Kyle Lowry gets injured. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Report: Marcus Smart (ankle) likely out 2 wks
    Marcus Smart's left ankle sprain is expected to sideline him for "a couple weeks," according to beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: Smart rolled his ankle after stepping on someone's foot and he left the court without putting weight on his left leg, so this is an optimistic update. He's injured the same ankle before but this time "it doesn’t appear to be as bad," so presumably it's not a dreaded high-ankle sprain. A return in exactly two weeks would cost Smart the first three games of the Celtics' regular season, but we should have a more definitive timetable in the coming days. Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier stand to gain the most in his absence. Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) limps to the locker room
    Marcus Smart rolled his left ankle and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good. Smart stepped on Justin Holiday's foot and his ankle rolled badly. He could not put any weight on his left leg and needed help to the locker room. He's obviously done for tonight and is likely getting X-rays. If he's out, Terry Rozier would be a hot pickup in most leagues. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Derrick Rose cleared of all charges in case
    Derrick Rose has been cleared of all charges in a civil rape case.

    Advice: The two codefendants were also cleared in this case. The case was in California and Rose still will not make it in time for Thursday's game. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he'd like to see Rose practice before he gets out on the court. For now, it looks like he should be ready to start the season. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is still out
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) and Prigioni out, James Harden is going to handle most of the point guard minutes. Tyler Ennis should be in the rotation with around 15-20 minutes tonight. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams will play Thursday
    Michael Carter-Williams went through a full practice on Wednesday and will make his Bulls' debut Thursday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: MCW is going to play limited minutes behind Rajon Rondo this season, so there's no reason to draft him in most settings. Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • Derrick Rose won't play until opening night
    Derrick Rose will miss the Knicks final two preseason games due to the civil suit taking place in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Jeff Hornacek said that he has kept in communication with Rose, and that as long as he can get back to New York for a few practices prior to opening night, he'll be the Knicks' starting point guard when the regular season tips. The jury in Rose's civil suit is expected to reach a verdict by Wednesday, so we'll be watching for details on that. Rose is three knee surgeries and four years removed from his MVP season, and there are higher upside guys you can snag towards the final rounds. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • Derrick Rose doubtful Wednesday vs. Boston
    Derrick Rose is still in Los Angeles for jury deliberations, and is doubtful to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Celtics.

    Advice: While Rose could perhaps catch a flight to New York once the jury reaches their verdict, it seems unlikely that he'll be on the floor Wednesday night. Additionally, Jeff Hornacek said that if Rose makes it to New York by Thursday, he wouldn't want him on the bench Brooklyn and would rather go over things one-on-one with him at the practice facility on Friday. The civil suit against Rose should reach its conclusion Wednesday, although a punitive damage hearing could keep him in L.A. Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • Goran Dragic scores 17 in return
    Goran Dragic returned from a day of rest on Tuesday to hit 8-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and a block.

    Advice: He's locked and loaded as the Heat's No. 1 point guard and is now also one of their better offensive weapons. He should be poised for a big season as long as he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 7:25 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) will not return Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving experienced some left calf tightness on Tuesday vs. the Wizards and will not return.

    Advice: First things first, the injury sounds very minor, but the Cavs aren't going to take any chances here. We'll put him on the injury report, but we'd very surprised if his status for opening night was in jeopardy if this diagnosis remains the same. Kay Felder won the backup PG role with a strong camp and will benefit if Irving misses time. Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Report: MIA not interested in trading Dragic
    The Heat are reportedly uninterested in trading away Goran Dragic.

    Advice: An earlier report indicated that the Kings and Heat had discussed a potential trade that would send Dragic to Sacramento in exchange for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison, but sources of the Miami Herald say that Pat Riley wants to get a sense of what he has and how Dragic can work with the new-look Heat before considering any trade scenarios. If anything does happen on the trade front in Miami, it's unlikely we see any movement until December. Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams doesn't practice Tues
    Michael Carter-Williams did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still needs to go through his physical, but he should be cleared in time for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks. That being said, the former Rookie of the Year winner is going to struggle to get meaningful minutes this season operating as Rajon Rondo's backup, so he's not a very attractive target in most setting. Tuesday, 11:53 am
  • Derrick Rose will start if he can practice
    Derrick Rose will be the Knicks starting point guard on opening night if he's able to practice before then.

    Advice: Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he will start Rose if the point guard is able to attend all practices after the preseason. Rose is still dealing with his civil trial in Los Angeles, so it's unclear if he'll be able to live up to Hornacek's expectations. Brandon Jennings will start and see extra minutes if Rose is unable to begin the season as the Knicks starter. Tuesday, 10:48 am
  • Kemba Walker logs 27 minutes vs. Chicago
    Kemba Walker played 27 minutes on Monday, posting 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a road win vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Walker's offseason knee surgery lends some risk to his fantasy outlook, but it's been smooth sailing since his return in the preseason. He's logged at least 23 minutes in the past two exhibitions and isn't in danger of missing opening night. He's coming off a career-best season with highs in scoring (20.9 ppg), 3-pointers (2.2), FG percentage (42.7 percent), FT percentage (84.7 percent) and rebounds (4.4), and he's a popular target once the elite PGs are off the board. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Marcus Smart goes scoreless in 13 minutes
    Marcus Smart was scoreless in 13 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, missing a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did add four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and two turnovers, but his 3-point shooting continues to be a glaring concern -- he shot 25.3 percent from deep last season and is just 3-of-19 (15.7percent) through six preseason games. He's still a nice source of steals, dimes and treys, but his shooting percentages could really limit his upside. Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Walker, Batum, MKG, Marvin and Roy starting
    Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Roy Hibbert are starting vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Frank Kaminsky (foot) and Jeremy Lamb (back) were both listed as probable but they will play as expected, while Cody Zeller (knee) and Brian Roberts (hamstring) have already been ruled out. This should be the starting lineup on opening night for the Hornets. Monday, 4:19 pm
  • Derrick Rose not practicing enough
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he is unsure if he'll play Derrick Rose without practicing in two weeks.

    Advice: Hornacek is talking about games this week, so Rose is still likely for the opener. Due to his civil trial in Los Angeles, the team could send an assistant out to help get him ready to go. If he continues to miss time, there will be more minutes for Brandon Jennings. Rose isn't a strong fantasy target. Monday, 11:35 am
  • Bulls officially acquire MCW for Tony Snell
    The Bulls have officially acquired Michael Carter-Williams in exchange for Tony Snell.

    Advice: MCW is a questionable fit on a roster that lacks perimeter shooting, but he is arguably an upgrade over Jerian Grant. Rajon Rondo is locked in as the starter, so the move to Chicago doesn't really improve MCW's fantasy outlook. Unless you're in a points league, let someone else take a flier on him. Monday, 7:55 am
  • MCW, Snell trade to be completed Monday
    The trade involving Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Snell is expected to be finalized on Monday.

    Advice: The deal has been agreed to in principle and the two teams just need to call the league office on Monday. MCW's value around the league has never been lower and the move to Chicago won't necessarily help his fantasy value -- Rajon Rondo is locked in as the starter. As for Snell, he could be looking at solid minutes on the wings in Milwaukee with Khris Middleton (groin) out for most of the season, but most fantasy owners should use a wait-and-see approach. Sunday, 8:16 am
  • James Harden just misses a triple-double
    James Harden almost dropped a preseason triple-double on Saturday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and seven turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: There really is nothing left to say on Harden. He's going to have numerous monster lines in a breakneck-pace offense as the team's "point guard" this season and should be among the league leaders in points, assists, threes and steals. He makes an extremely strong case as the top pick in almost any fantasy format. Saturday, 9:11 pm
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Michael Carter-Williams likely headed to CHI?
    The Bucks and Bulls are in "deep talks" on a Michael Carter-Williams for Tony Snell trade, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: It sounds like the deal is going to happen and it could be finalized as soon as Monday. The Bulls would be getting a backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo to help get the ball to the shooters in their second unit. A new, up-tempo home for Carter-Williams is a positive, but it's still not enough to draft him in most leagues. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play Sat.
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder sprain) will not play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was doubtful coming in, so this isn't a surprise. Tyler Ennis could see some extended minutes with Patrick Beverley (knee) sidelined, as well. Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Goran Dragic (rest) will not play on Saturday
    Goran Dragic (rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Dragic is dealing with a minor knee ailment, so the Heat won't take any chances. He is currently undervalued in fantasy drafts and makes for a prime time bounce-back candidate. Even if he has burned you in the past, do not be shy in targeting him. Life after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh is going to be all about Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. Saturday, 2:58 pm
  • Goran Dragic reiterates he's happy with Heat
    Goran Dragic recently reiterated that he's happy to be with the Heat.

    Advice: Some of his recent words were twisted to provide the perception that he was unhappy in Miami, but that is not at all the case. "I do not have any comments about not wanting to be here," he said. "That is nonsense. I'm happy here. This is the team that I want to be a part of. And I feel great. I feel comfortable. We are building something here that is totally new, but I have a lot of confidence that we’re going to succeed, because we have a lot of young talent that is working hard. I feel awesome." Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Knicks could send assistant coach out to Rose
    The Knicks could send an assistant coach out to Los Angeles in order to train with Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Rose, who has now missed 10 days and counting as he moves forward in his civil trial, has not had the opportunity to work with his teammates as the preseason has progressed. "Our hope was that he would be done on Monday or Tuesday and maybe be back. It is what it is," Hornacek said. "He’s got to deal with that." Hornacek added that the Knicks aren't sure when Rose will return, but the team could send an assistant if he's going to miss another week of action. The reality is that the Knicks were under a gross misconception with their idea that the trial would be concluded quickly, and the organization continues to look poor in how they've handled this process. Saturday, 1:46 pm
  • Gentry reiterates no pressure on Jrue Holiday
    Alvin Gentry reiterated that the Pelicans are putting no pressure on Jrue Holiday (personal) to adhere to a specific timeline in his return.

    Advice: "We made that perfectly clear from Day 1," Gentry said. "There's not any pressure whatsoever that we'll put on him to come back here. And we'll make that clear also as she goes through her surgery. He's got to be there until he feels comfortable that she's OK...The top priority is his family." Well said, coach. Until Holiday returns, Tim Frazier is expected to start at point guard with Langston Galloway, Lance Stephenson and E'Twaun Moore as other options at the position. Saturday, 11:49 am
  • Derrick Rose could be back on Tuesday
    Derrick Rose could be back with the Knicks in time for Wednesday's game at Boston.

    Advice: The judge presiding over Rose's civil trial wants to wrap things up Tuesday. The Knicks' final preseason game is on Thursday vs. the Nets, so this timeline would give Rose two games to get his legs under him again. He's reportedly been working out for three hours a day and has been studying film of his new team. We'll have an update after the weekend. Saturday, 6:48 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 22 points in OT win
    Stephen Curry turned in his best game of the preseason on Friday, scoring 22 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: There hasn't been any reason to worry about Curry since the first preseason game. In his last three, he's averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 boards, 4.7 dimes, 2.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.3 treys in just 25.3 minutes per game. Curry is very unlikely to match his 30.1 points and 34.2 minutes per game from last year, but that's fine for a guy who had one of the most legendary fantasy seasons of all time. Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Cory Joseph and Pat Patterson also out
    Cory Joseph and Pat Patterson will also rest on Friday.

    Advice: The Raptors will have basically their entire 2015-16 regular-season rotation out tonight. Fred VanVleet gets his chance to shine at the point. Friday, 3:05 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) doubtful Saturday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: It's a left shoulder sprain, so he's not going to play in a meaningless game. Regardless, Prigioni will not have any fantasy value as the third-string PG in Houston. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Kyrie Irving makes just 5-of-15
    Kyrie Irving made just 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points against the Raptors on Thursday, adding one rebound, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He didn't have LeBron James around for this one and was the engine of the offense tonight. The Cavs do not have much depth behind Irving and he's coming into the season healthy, so he should have no problem clearing his 31.5 minutes per game. He makes sense at the end of the second round of a standard draft. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Marcus Smart has another solid showing
    Marcus Smart scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one turnover in 22 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He's having himself a really nice month. On his two-pointers in the preseason, he's made 60 percent, but he is at 14.3 percent from deep. Smart looks like he could pick up some minutes with Evan Turner in Portland. His upside is really nice for steals, dimes and treys, so he's worth a look late in drafts. Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose expected out until next week
    Derrick Rose is expected to be out until next week as his trial concludes in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Rose's trial won't end until next Monday at the earliest, so he won't play against the Celtics on Saturday. "Whenever it’s over, he’ll be here,’’ Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "I’m hoping that’s sooner than later. We’ll just catch him up on things. We’re trying to stall a little bit in putting some of the things in, so we don’t go over it again when he’s here. But we’re hoping it’s sooner than later." While Rose will start for the Knicks once he returns, he's not much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 8:07 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams plays 25 minutes
    Michael Carter-Williams (illness) suited up vs. the Pacers and posted 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: MCW's outlook got a bit brighter once Khris Middleton went down, but he's still a deeply flawed fantasy prospect thanks to poor percentages, a lack of 3-pointers, and high turnovers. He's little more than a flier pick in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • James Harden posts 14-8-6 line in 24 minutes
    James Harden racked up the stats in limited minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Pelicans, registering 14 points, eight assists, six boards, one steal and five turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, the turnovers will likely be an issue for Harden this season, but his ridiculous stat lines will make that easy to forgive. He’ll be a popular No. 1 overall target on draft day, and justifiably so. Trevor Ariza finished the game with nine points, four boards, one triple and two steals, while Ryan Anderson tallied 11 points, seven rebounds, one triple, one block and one turnover through 22 minutes of action. Wednesday, 7:24 am
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Pablo Prigioni leaves game w/ shoulder injury
    Pablo Prigioni was forced out of Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans with a strained left shoulder, and he will not return.

    Advice: Prigioni took a hard hit from Alexis Ajinca, and that was enough to end the 39-year-old's evening. Prigioni will have a negligible role behind Patrick Beverley this season, so he's not worth drafting in any format. Wednesday, 6:24 am
  • Goran Dragic scores 17 w/ 11 assists
    Goran Dragic scored 17 points with 11 assists vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

    Advice: He played 29 minutes and added four boards, one steal and two treys on 7-of-12 shooting in 29 minutes. The Heat are built to run this season and Dragic couldn't be in a better situation. He should see a nice bump in scoring and assists, making him an excellent mid-round target. He's also shooting a blistering 53.1 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from deep through three preseason games. Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Stephen Curry (illness) practices on Tuesday
    Stephen Curry (illness) participated during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Curry sat out the Warriors' past two practices with a sore throat, but he's obviously fine. Yes, he may concede some touches to Kevin Durant this season, but the minor drop-off in scoring will more than likely be rectified by an uptick in assists. He's a fine top-4 target in any setting. Tuesday, 1:01 pm
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