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  • Monta Ellis will start at point guard vs. ORL
    With George Hill (sprained right ankle) sidelined, head coach Frank Vogel will start Monta Ellis at point guard for Thursday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Glen Robinson III, C.J. Miles, Paul George, and Ian Mahinmi will join Ellis in the starting lineup for tonight's game, and we could get an extended look at Joseph Young, who has played phenomenally throughout the preseason thus far. The ball may not move as well with Ellis running the point, so it'll be interesting to see how long Vogel goes with this lineup. 37 minutes ago
  • Matt Barnes speaks up on Fisher situation
    Matt Barnes spoke to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN on Thursday to give his side of the story on the altercation that occurred between him and Derek Fisher.

    Advice: "I can't believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up," Barnes said. "No. I live 15 minutes away and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there." Additionally, no charges will be filed against Barnes for his alleged altercation, although the league could potentially hand out a suspension. Drama aside, Barnes isn't worth drafting in most leagues as a member of the Grizzlies. Today, 1:45 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) a game-time decision
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Whether or not Russell plays in Thursday's preseason game, there's no reason to believe this injury will linger into the regular-season. Likely to be the Lakers' starting point guard on opening night, Russell is worth a late-round selection on draft day. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Dudley (back) participates in contact drills
    Jared Dudley (back) participated in some contact drills for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley has not had any setbacks in his recovery from offseason back surgery, and he's on track to be a full participant during next week's practices. He'll likely be ready when the regular-season tips, but playing in a reserve role in Washington will make him a non-option in most leagues. Today, 1:15 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) out Thursday vs. DET
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: The wrist injury is believed to be minor, so we wouldn't read too much into his absence from an early preseason game. That being said, Robinson will be coming off the bench this season behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a viable option in standard leagues. Today, 12:44 pm
  • Wittman won't commit to Humphries as starter
    Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has not yet committed to using Kris Humphries as the team's full-time starting power forward.

    Advice: Wittman added that he could use multiple starting lineups, so it sounds like there's a possibility that Humphries and Nene fluctuate in-and-out of the starting lineup depending on the matchup. This situation has timeshare written all over it, meaning that neither player will make for a strong late-round selection in standard leagues. Today, 12:30 pm
  • Amir Johnson (illness) will not play Thursday
    Amir Johnson (illness) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. Real Madrid.

    Advice: With plenty of time to go until the regular-season, there's no reason to make much of Johnson missing a game due to an illness. That being said, Johnson will be joining a very crowded rotation in Boston, and if he's not able to secure a spot in the starting lineup it could be tough for him to churn out value in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 12:17 pm
  • Report: Marshall (knee) could be back soon
    Kendall Marshall (right knee) could be back on the court towards the end of October, according to 76ers beat writer Tom Moore.

    Advice: Marshall will be joining a very crowded rotation in Philly featuring Tony Wroten (knee), Isaiah Canaan, and Pierre Jackson (groin), and it's anyone's guess right now who will wind up starting. Marshall had a nice season with the Lakers back in 2013, compiling averages of 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game, however he needed 28.9 minutes per game to accumulate those statistics, which could be tough to come by with three other guys vying for minutes. He's also coming off an ACL tear, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues. Today, 12:09 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play on Thursday
    Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Chicago.

    Advice: Nurkic is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, but reports thus far indicate that he'll be good to go once the regular season begins. He makes for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game as a starter last season. Today, 11:58 am
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Erik Green (rest), Wilson Chandler (rest) and Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will join Arthur on the sidelines for Thursday's exhibition. The earlier the preseason, the more likely we are to see guys on the sidelines resting, so we wouldn't read much into any of this. Arthur and Green aren't worth drafting in almost any league, while Chandler and Nurkic make for nice late-round targets. Today, 11:54 am
  • Doug McDermott will come off the bench Thurs
    Fred Hoiberg said he likes Doug McDermott coming off the bench, but acknowledged that at some point, he'll throw McDermott into the starting lineup.

    Advice: "We want to see him build off that first game," Hoiberg said. "I loved the fact he kept shooting after going 0-for-5 in that first half [Tuesday night]. Having a 23-point half should be really good for his confidence." McDermott drained five 3-pointers during Tuesday's exhibition, and he will again come off the bench behind Tony Snell for Thursday's preseason game against Denver. With Mike Dunleavy set to miss at least the first month of the regular-season, the opportunities will be plentiful for McBuckets, and he's certainly someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Today, 11:36 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will play vs Denver on Thursday
    Kirk Hinrich (toe) will play against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: While it's good news for Hinrich to see him make his preseason debut, he's not going to be much of a fantasy factor this season. Stuck behind Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks, the 34-year-old can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:48 am
  • Arron Affalo doesn't practice on Thursday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Afflalo continues to take it slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, but doesn't look to be in danger of missing any regular season action. As long as he can stay healthy this season, Afflalo will be the Knicks' No. 2 option on offense and is worth a late-round flier despite his lack of defensive numbers. Today, 9:52 am
  • HC says Kevin Martin off bench is best
    Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell said having Kevin Martin come off the bench is best for the team.

    Advice: While Mitchell acknowledge Martin may not like it, he stressed that the veteran needs to accept his new sixth man role for the betterment of the team. "It’s not necessarily about earning, it’s about where you are as an organization and where you’re trying to go," Mitchell said. "I’m not saying Kevin has to accept it with a smile on his face, but it’s just where we are as an organization." Martin will still see enough minutes to provide value in standard fantasy leagues, so losing his starting job to Zach LaVine shouldn't knock him off draft boards. Today, 7:05 am
  • HC says Kristaps Porzingis had solid debut
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said Kristaps Porzingis had a solid NBA debut.

    Advice: Porzingis scored seven points to go with two three-pointers, two rebounds, and one block in 21 minutes against Bauru of Brazil on Wednesday, but Fisher said he's not focused on the numbers at this point. While Porzingis has upside, he's unlikely to see enough minutes this season to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 6:22 am
  • Jon Leuer racks up 17 & 13 in preseason win
    Suns PF Jon Leuer scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds vs. the Kings on Wednesday, and he threw down an impressive dunk against DeMarcus Cousins in transition.

    Advice: The Twitter-hyperbole machine kicked into gear following Leuer's dunk, but it's still worth watching via the link below. Leuer is a blue-collar big man who fills a niche in the Suns' rotation without providing any fantasy upside whatsoever. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic struggles off bench vs. Kings
    Mirza Teletovic missed nine of his 10 field goal attempts during Wednesday's preseason opener, finishing with five points, five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The good news is that Teletovic wasn't shy offensively and half of his attempts came from downtown, which suggests that coach Jeff Hornacek will give him a green light with the second unit. As long as Markieff Morris is healthy and happy as the Suns' starting PF, however, Teletovic is an afterthought in most leagues. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein starts w/ Koufos resting
    Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein started Wednesday's exhibition with Kosta Koufos resting, and he finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed solid defensive awareness and his length created problems for the Suns tonight, underscoring the reasons he could earn substantial minutes as a rookie. Kosta Koufos is the current favorite to start alongside DeMarcus Cousins, which makes Cauley-Stein an intriguing but risky late-round pick. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has five assists, five turnovers
    Rajon Rondo had five points, five assists and five turnovers in Wednesday's exhibition loss to the Suns.

    Advice: The turnovers won't sit well with George Karl and it's interesting to note that Rondo attempted three 3-pointers tonight -- he made none of them, which isn't surprising as he's a career 26.3 percent shooter from downtown. Rondo will need a stirring finish to the preseason to be viewed as more than a late-round pick in 8-cat leagues. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels stuffs stat sheet vs Mavericks
    K.J. McDaniels accumulated 13 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes off Houston's bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: It must be noted that McDaniels also committed five fouls, and he did his damage vs. a Dallas second unit that featured Brandon Ashley, Jarrid Famous, Maurice Ndour and Jamil Wilson. He never played more than nine minutes in a game for Houston last year (in their season finale) and won't have fantasy value while Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are healthy. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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