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  • Trey Burke ready for a fresh start
    Trey Burke said he finally has an opportunity to be himself with the Wizards.

    Advice: "Last year I didn’t have the opportunity that I’ll have here. Towards the end of the year, after the deadline, they went their own route," Burke said. "I feel like I’m going to have an opportunity to be myself. I’m with an organization that will allow me to be myself. It’s a better fit for me." With John Wall (knees) limited early on in camp, Burke may have to step up and play significant minutes right out of the gate. He's got career averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.3 percent shooting, so there's not much upside here. He's just a short-term option for deep-league owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Allen Crabbe has worked on his ball-handling
    Allen Crabbe said that he worked on his ball-handling and some post moves during the offseason.

    Advice: The Blazers re-signed him to a massive four-year, $75 million deal over the summer, so it's good to hear that he's still motivated. Portland GM Neil Olshey has called him a "foundational player" and head coach Terry Stotts obviously loves him, but we'd be a lot more excited about Crabbe's fantasy outlook if the Blazers didn't bring in Evan Turner in free agency. Crabbe averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 treys on 45.9 percent shooting in 26.0 minutes per game last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • Noah Vonleh's (thigh) timetable still unclear
    Noah Vonleh (thigh) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

    Advice: He was given an original timetable of about 3-4 weeks on Aug. 31, so this is worrying. "I guess you could say I'm a little behind," Vonleh said. "But I'll catch up quick." He had a bone fragment removed from his right thigh, so the Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back. For now, he's been limited to light running and shooting. He's the fourth PF on the depth chart, so fantasy owners can ignore him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu expected to start at PF
    Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to start at power forward for the Blazers this season.

    Advice: We've heard this report throughout the summer, but it doesn't hurt to get even more confirmation as training camps begin. Aminu looked great down the stretch last season when he played primarily at the four, so the move can be viewed as a good thing for his fantasy value, especially after the Blazers brought in Evan Turner and re-signed Allen Crabbe. If Aminu can hold off Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh in camp, he should be a standard-league asset after averaging 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Jokic to spend a lot of time next to Nurkic?
    According to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver, Nikola Jokic spent a lot of time talking with coach Mike Malone about playing two bigs together.

    Advice: This obviously bodes well for the outlook of both Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, and Wind speculates that we could see a lot of that combination early on in the season. Kenneth Faried hasn't lived up to expectations and is a trade candidate, so the Nuggets will be very interesting to watch during the preseason. Jokic is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets after he posted averages of 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting during his rookie season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Josh McRoberts limited with a foot injury
    Josh McRoberts was limited at the opening day of camp due to a foot injury.

    Advice: The guy just can't seem to stay healthy. The Heat have a huge hole at power forward due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh, but McRoberts isn't off to a great start. For now, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt will compete for minutes at the four, while Justise Winslow should spend some time there as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • D'Antoni: Beverley will start next to Harden
    Patrick Beverley is expected to start next to James Harden this season according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: There was some concern that Beverley might move to the bench with James Harden running the offense, but Mike D'Antoni wants his defense and 3-point shooting in the first unit. The Rockets will basically use a three-guard rotation that includes Eric Gordon, but Beverley is just a late-round target for owners in need of steals and treys. He missed some workouts earlier in the week with a cut on his foot, but he has since been cleared to return to full practice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Stephen Curry plans to re-sign with GSW
    Stephen Curry made it clear that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors next summer.

    Advice: "I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that's it," Curry said. He's hoping that his contract situation won't be an issue or a distraction, and he said that he will have the same answer throughout the year. Curry will earn over $12 million this season in the final year of his deal, but he will get a max contract if he wants it during the summer of 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Report: Will Barton drawing interest
    According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

    Advice: It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Barnes believes he can help Kings' chemistry
    Matt Barnes believes that he will be able to help the Kings' team chemistry.

    Advice: "I think I have a unique way of – no matter what team I’ve been on and who’s been on that team, even playing with Kobe [Bryant] and those guys – of having my voice being respected." Barnes added that he has an uncanny ability to get through to people and that he wants to lead by example this season. Barnes is one of coach Dave Joerger's favorite players, so he could have some sneaky fantasy value once Rudy Gay is inevitably traded. He also wants to be known as the "Cousins whisperer", so there's that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Joel Embiid felt 'great' at first day of camp
    Joel Embiid (foot) said he felt "great" during the first day of training camp.

    Advice: Embiid was battling a flu virus on Monday night and wasn't expected to practice on Tuesday, but he showed up and gave it a go anyways. "I'm feeling great," Embiid said. "I'm a little disappointed that I missed the beginning, that I didn't get a chance to play. But I went up and back a couple of times and it felt great." Embiid put in about 25 minutes of work and participated in a "controlled" scrimmage, so this was a huge step forward for the intriguing big man. After two years of sitting on the sidelines, things are finally starting to look up for Embiid and his upside makes him worth the gamble late in drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard focused on becoming a leader
    Kawhi Leonard said he focused on becoming a leader during the offseason to prepare for life without Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "Just becoming a leader," Leonard said. "Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it." Leonard was dominant last season and finished as the third best player in standard leagues, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. He's a stud and standard-league owners should feel comfortable taking him in the first round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Aldridge intends to step up on defense
    LaMarcus Aldridge said he will need to step up defensively to fill the void left by Tim Duncan.

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

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

    Advice: "It’s a personal goal," James said. "I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal." He's got three titles, but adding a fourth to his name this year will be incredibly difficult with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors. Entering his age-31 season, James is still a safe pick towards the end of the first round in all formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Jimmy Butler praises Robin Lopez
    Jimmy Butler said he enjoyed playing with Robin Lopez at camp on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I got a wide open layup because he sealed everyone off," said Butler. "The way he’s crashing the boards, sets incredible screens, and he can shoot it a little bit. He has great hands, nice footwork. He’s going to be big. Everyone is going to love him.’’ Coach Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to Lopez as the starting center, but that just means he's keeping an open mind. He's still the heavy favorite to start and is a solid mid-round pick after averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Iman Shumpert runs with first unit sans Smith
    Iman Shumpert ran with the first unit during Tuesday's practice with J.R. Smith still working on his contract situation with the Cavs.

    Advice: Tyronn Lue said that Shumpert will be filling in for Smith until Smith's contract situation is resolved, which means he could be Cleveland's starting two-guard if the Cavs are unsuccessful in retaining Smith. Still, most reports indicate that Smith's signing with the Cavs is simply a matter of when and not if, so there's not much reason to waste a draft pick on Shumpert in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Kemba Walker (knee) not cleared for contact
    Kemba Walker (knee surgery) was limited to the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: "Kemba and Cody [Zeller] aren’t at a stage yet where they can do anything with contact. Dummy offense and shooting drills," coach Steve Clifford said following Tuesday’s first practice of training camp. Walker was initially expected to resume basketball activities in early July, so the fact that he's still being limited nearly five months removed from the knee procedure is slightly concerning. Until he's fully cleared to play, there will be some added risk in investing an early-round selection on Walker. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Deyonta Davis (foot) limited at practice Tues
    Deyonta Davis (foot) only went through the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Davis is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, so it's not surprising at all to see the Grizzlies limit his workload as prolonged rest is really the only treatment for plantar fasciitis. Davis will be entering a very crowded situation in Memphis' frontcourt, so there's not much reason to draft him in most settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Burks (knee, ankle) not cleared for contact
    Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) has still not been cleared for contact.

    Advice: Burks has been going through everything other than the contact portions of practice, but the fact that he's still not been fully cleared to play despite being three months removed from the arthroscopic procedure is concerning. Burks has had some serious issues with his surgically repaired left ankle, and he only managed to make it through 58 games over the past two years, so he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Quin Snyder said he's hopeful Burks will be cleared for opening night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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