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  • Willie Cauley-Stein gains 20 pounds
    Willie Cauley-Stein has gained about 20 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: That doesn't sound like a guy who will play much power forward. Coach Dave Joerger hasn't quite made it clear what he's going to do with Cauley-Stein and the four spot, but he's generally gone bigger than most coaches due to the roster on the Grizzlies. While he might start, he's almost certainly going to get more minutes at the backup five spot. For now, Trill is a late-round pick in standard leagues. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Monroe says coming off bench is news to him
    Greg Monroe said on Monday coming off the bench is news to him.

    Advice: Earlier today, coach Jason Kidd said Monroe will be going into training camp in the second unit. With all the talk of Monroe being on the block this summer, things could go south quickly for the Bucks big man. Monroe was really effective off the bench last year, so the news of him coming off the bench isn't really a fantasy downgrade. Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • Monta Ellis refreshed, refocused for 2016-17
    Monta Ellis has "re-dedicated" himself to basketball after a 2015-16 season which he feels was his worst since joining the NBA.

    Advice: Ellis admitted that playing in his age-30 season was physically challenging. "My knee would just flare up," he said. "Some days I'd wake up in the morning and it was tough getting out of bed." To his credit, Ellis still played in 81 games last year and he said that his legs feel "great" after a summer devoted to physical training. Despite his declining production, he's worth a look if you need a scorer after the middle rounds. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • McMillan: Paul George is a 'versatile SF'
    Paul George said he's willing to play some minutes as a power forward, but coach Nate McMillan referred to him as a "versatile [small forward]."

    Advice: The Pacers tried to start George at PF last season but he was vocal about his desire to remain a SF. The addition of Thaddeus Young this offseason means that George can stick to his favored position more often, and a faster-paced offense should result in another elite campaign for the 26-year-old All-Star. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Ben Simmons gained 30+ pounds since college
    Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

    Advice: "I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Mason Plumlee worked on his jumper
    Mason Plumlee said he's developing his jumper.

    Advice: He only made 28.1 percent of his jumpers last season, which accounts for just 32.1 percent of his shot total. The Blazers are going to go smaller 1-4, so Plumlee will face stiffer competition for minutes at the five from Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli. He's only a late-round flier with a somewhat low upside. Yesterday, 2:43 pm
  • Dave Joerger says Lawson could have big year
    Coach Dave Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson to have a big season.

    Advice: The Kings are likely to lose Darren Collison for at least 10 games due to a suspension, so Lawson should have a chance to start. The 28-year-old guard has never really been super efficient, but he only had a 47.6 true shooting percentage last year. If you're looking for a quick boost at point guard for November, Lawson is an option in the last round of standard drafts. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn will start
    Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn are expected to start for the Bucks this season.

    Advice: Wow. Even with Greg Monroe on the trade block, this is surprising. The Bucks did give Plumlee a four-year, $52 million deal over the summer, so they clearly believe in him. The Bucks also have John Henson signed to a long-term deal, so they could have three centers vying for minutes unless a trade opens things up. Plumlee averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 14 starts last season, so he's not exactly an attractive fantasy asset. We should have more clarity once camp officially begins on Tuesday. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Jerami Grant likes size advantage at SF
    Jerami Grant said he likes the size advantage he'll have at the small forward spot.

    Advice: This confirms the talk that Grant will slide over to the three more, which was obvious with Ben Simmons and Dario Saric joining the team. He is going to get minutes at three positions, but almost all of them should be at the three. Grant is a bit of a Vine superstar for his highlight-reel blocks and jams, but he really has to improve as a shooter. He'll play behind Robert Covington and is likely looking at minutes in the upper teens. Yesterday, 1:14 pm
  • Kris Dunn comfortable at PG or SG
    Kris Dunn said he's comfortable playing on or off the ball.

    Advice: This was pretty obvious at Summer League. Dunn even started at shooting guard in Las Vegas and really took it to the competition. There was some talk from coach Tom Thibodeau of Dunn even starting over Zach LaVine, but that would be a big surprise. The biggest question regarding Dunn is if the Wolves give Tyus Jones any minutes at all. If not, Dunn could get minutes in the upper 20s out of the gate. He's a very nice late-round pick with big upside. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Wes Matthews down eight pounds
    Wesley Matthews said he's dropped about eight pounds this summer.

    Advice: "You've got to understand that at this time last year, I wasn't able to run, wasn't able to move around," Matthews said. The story of his increased athleticism has been an underlying theme here. Matthews has always been a minutes monster and not even an Achilles rehab last summer could keep him below 33 minutes per game last year -- he played 35.4 after the break. Matthews also added he's excited to play more shooting guard. He's a really nice pick in the early late rounds. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Bigger Boss Man: Ed Davis up to 245 pounds
    Ed Davis said he's up about 15-20 pounds from last year.

    Advice: The Boss sounds like he's going to play just center minutes. Coach Terry Stotts used him at power forward in matchup against bigger teams, but now it might be tougher for him to get minutes with Evan Turner around and Al-Farouq Aminu likely to play more four. Davis is only a pick in the late rounds of deep leagues. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Jaylen Brown could get some of ET's minutes?
    General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Varejao (back) will be ready for camp
    Anderson Varejao (back) said that he will be ready for the start of training camp.

    Advice: He had a back issue which held him out of the Rio Olympics, but he should be close to 100 percent based off this report. He will open the season as the primary backup behind Zaza Pachulia and won't have much fantasy value. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Dragan Bender could see time in D-League
    Dragan Bender could see time in the D-League this season.

    Advice: He's arguably the most raw top-10 pick, so extra playing time would help. The Suns have talked about the seven-foot Croatian as a small forward, so maybe he gets some run at the three during the preseason with P.J. Tucker (back) on the sidelines. He's really only a target in Dynasty leagues for now. Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Andre Roberson improved on shooting?
    Andre Roberson has worked on his shooting mechanics this summer.

    Advice: The Thunder did add Victor Oladipo, but he's not the only player who will fill the offensive void left by the departures of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters. Roberson had a tiny 9.3 usage rate last season, so there's a chance he gets into the low teens this year. Plus, he should be able to improve on his 22.2 minutes per game. All that said, there's just not enough upside to draft him in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Phil Jackson speaks highly of Kuzminskas
    Phil Jackson said that Mindaugas Kuzminskas has a "fluid game."

    Advice: "A good shooter from the outside, can shoot the 3-pointer, runs the court well, makes the passes you’d expect of a knowledgeable player," Jackson said of his new acquisition. "He can play the 3. Jeff [Hornacek] even mentioned he’s talented enough to play a guard role. He’s going to be a process but we like what we see.’’ Kuzminskas isn't expected to be in the rotation right away, but a strong camp could change things. It's important to take these preseason quotes with a grain of salt. Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Patrick Patterson to be sixth man for Raptors
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey views Patrick Patterson as the team's "sixth starter."

    Advice: Patterson did add he doesn't have a preference as a starter or bench guy, but he wants a big role. Jared Sullinger will get the first shot at the starting PF role, but it obviously sounds like Patterson will comfortably see minutes in the 20s. Patterson is playing for a new deal, but he's not a great fantasy target after averaging 6.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 treys in 25.6 minutes per game last season. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Malone: Jamal Murray will have growing pains
    Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray will have some growing pains.

    Advice: He added the Nuggets are prepared to endure the early-career struggles. Murray only played one season at Kentucky and most young score-first guards take some time to adjust to the NBA, so it would be a surprise to see have a big rookie season -- Devin Booker not withstanding. Murray has always aid he wanted to play some point, but he's had a sub-1.0 assist:turnover ratio at UK and at Summer League. Growing pains aside, Murray could be a difference maker in the next few seasons. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Yesterday, 8:10 am
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