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  • Hassan Whiteside working on his jumpers
    Hassan Whiteside said he's added more face-up jumpers to his offensive arsenal.

    Advice: He also said he's expected to have the ball more. Whiteside was actually decent on his 16-24 foot jumpers last year, making 43.1 percent of his 51 attempts. He also saw his fantasy value skyrocket after his 75.0 percent from the line post-break. The 27-year-old big man makes sense at the turn of rounds one and two. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Iguodala: Patrick McCaw is going to play
    Andre Iguodala said Patrick McCaw is "gonna play" this season.

    Advice: "You can tell with him. He's a smart player," Iguodala added. The Warriors were comfortable losing their depth this summer and some of it might have to do with McCaw. He was a steal at No. 38 due to some off-court concerns, and he is an excellent fit on the Warriors. On the nights coach Steve Kerr rests his guys, McCaw might be a sneaky DFS guy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Blake Griffin to take more 3-pointers?
    Blake Griffin has been working on his shooting from beyond the arc this summer and wants to be more confident from deep.

    Advice: "I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great," Griffin said. While Griffin did only make six treys all of last season, he has shown he is capable. On his shots from 20-24 feet last season, Griffin made a very respectable 41.5 percent (34-of-82). Additionally, Chris Paul said the Clippers will tell Blake to "shoot it damn near every time he catches it." Even with a slightly higher upside, the injury risk will cause Blake to slide a bit this year, and justifiably so. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Kyle Lowry unlikely to pick up player option
    Kyle Lowry is expected to opt out of his contract at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: As an 11-year veteran, Lowry could potentially haul in a five-year, $196 million contract, so him opting out makes perfect sense. He's coming off a career-year in which he put up first-round value behind averages of 21.2 points, 4.7 boards, 6.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 2.8 triples and 2.9 turnovers per game on 42.7 percent shooting, and he should be able to return to those numbers entering a contract year. Look his way towards the end of Round 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) withheld from practice
    Alan Anderson (ankle, rest) did not participate during Thursday's practice as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Anderson struggled to stay on the court last season after being forced to undergo two surgeries on his left ankle, and it is a bit concerning that this is still an issue at all considering that his last procedure was on October 13 of 2015. He's likely locked into a three-way timeshare with Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute, so there's no reason to burn a draft pick on Anderson in any setting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:11 pm
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  • Motiejunas hasn't talked w/ Houston in months
    Donatas Motiejunas reportedly hasn't had any extensive talks regarding his contract situation with the Rockets "in months."

    Advice: Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent, but he just hasn't been generating any real interest anywhere, which could be due to the back issues that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season. If Motiejunas is able to strike a deal with Houston, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent as he'd have a minimal role in backing up Ryan Anderson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:25 pm
  • Denzel Valentine could earn backup PG minutes
    Denzel Valentine said that he's been spending about 70 percent of his time on the wing, and 30 percent at the point guard position during training camp.

    Advice: If Valentine can earn some run at the point in Chicago, that could make 20 minutes a night a more attainable goal, however he won't have much value while Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade are healthy. At this point, Valentine isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in really deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Ty Lawson hurt by how he's perceived in NBA
    Ty Lawson said that he's been hurt by the perception that he's not a good locker room guy.

    Advice: "It’s been pretty hurtful, I guess," Lawson said. "Everybody thinks, ‘Ty’s a locker room wrecker,’ I don’t even say stuff in the locker room. I’m quiet, I’m chill. I feel like no one knows who I am." Once viewed as one of the premier point guards in the league, Lawson now finds himself on a minimum level deal in Sacramento trying to prove that he still belongs in the league. He could have some value early on while Darren Collison serves his suspension, but Lawson's long-term outlook isn't all that promising. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Russell Westbrook praises Domantas Sabonis
    Russell Westbrook praised Domantas Sabonis following Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: "He's a man," Westbrook said of Sabonis. "He knows how to play the game. He knows how to pick his spots." Sabonis scored 14 points during Tuesday's scrimmage, and interestingly, he ran with a first-unit comprised of Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson and Steven Adams, although head coach Billy Donovan said that the lineups utilized weren't indicative of who will be starting when the regular season tips. OKC has a lot of depth up front, so it would be surprising to see Sabonis earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues during his rookie year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Andrew Bogut ready to protect the paint
    Andrw Bogut said that he's ready to lockdown the paint for the Mavs this season.

    Advice: "I think just bringing a paint presence defensively for us will be key for us," said Bogut. "Just making sure when guys come in that paint, especially early in games, that I’m contesting the shot, I’m blocking the shot, taking a charge or I’m fouling somebody." Bogut is a perpetual injury risk, but he can also be a sneaky late-round producer with his ability to offer above average assist totals (2.7) from the center position, and solid rebounding (8.1) and shot blocking (1.7) numbers. Still, he's only worth a late-round look on draft day if you're in need of some big man stats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Quincy Ford (head) cleared for practice
    Quincy Ford was back on the practice floor on Thursday after being withheld from Wednesday's practice after getting knocked in the head.

    Advice: Ford is with the Jazz on a training camp deal, but he'll more than likely be playing in the D-League once the regular-season tips. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Marcus Morris suffers minor finger injury
    Marcus Morris was limited during Thursday's practice with a minor right ring finger injury.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Morris' finger, so it sounds like he's dealing with nothing more than a sprain. He sat out the five-on-five work during Thursday's practice, but it would be surprising to see such a minor issue linger into the regular-season. Morris is good for some points and triples, but he could take a step back this season as Detroit looks to give some more run to Stanley Johnson. He's a low-upside, late-round target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:34 am
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  • Deron Williams being limited at training camp
    Deron Williams is being limited during the early goings of training camp as he tries to get his conditioning up to par after spending a majority of the offseason rehabbing from surgery to correct a sports hernia.

    Advice: Williams is reportedly healthy, and him being limited is just a precautionary endeavor by the Mavs medical staff, but there's no denying that this guy is one of the more injury prone players in the league. Through 68 games last season, Williams compiled averages of 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, 1.3 triples and 2.3 turnovers per game on 38.7 percent shooting which was only good enough for ninth-round value in standard leagues. There are higher upside guys to take late. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Derrick Rose: triangle offense is complicated
    Derrick Rose said the triangle offense is complicated.

    Advice: While the Knicks aren't expected to primarily run the triangle exclusively, Rose expressed his thoughts after the Knicks worked on it on Thursday. While saying there are "like 40 or 50 options", he added that "it's a little bit complicated right now." Rose may have some growing pains as he adjusts to his new team and system, and isn't worth anything more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Marcus Thornton sits out Thursday practice
    Marcus Thornton (thumb) sat out of Thursday's practice

    Advice: Thornton is dealing with a jammed thumb, and was held out as a precaution. This doesn't sound like it will be a long-term injury, but Thornton won't have much fantasy value in standard leagues as long as Bradley Beal is healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Jerryd Bayless dealing with wrist soreness
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) didn't practice on Thursday due to soreness in his wrist.

    Advice: Bayless is dealing with soreness in his left wrist, but his injury isn't thought to be anything serious. He's likely to head into the season as the 76ers starting point guard, but his fantasy value is limited to the later rounds as Philadelphia will primarily run their offense through Ben Simmons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Spurs waive F Ryan Richards
    Spurs waive F Ryan Richards.

    Advice: Richards had been a camp invite, but will end up being an early roster casualty. The Spurs are now down to 19 players and have an open roster spot. Richards will likely head to the D-League (or overseas) and won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:59 am
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  • Mike Malone happy to have Darrell Arthur back
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone is happy that Darrell Arthur re-signed with the Nuggets.

    Advice: Arthur could have likely got a few more dollars elsewhere, but re-signed with the Warriors due to his comfort with the team. He’s a guy that loves Denver," Malone said. "He wants to be here. Free agency came around, he told his agents ‘Listen, get it done with Denver. I don’t even want to talk to anybody else.’ He left millions of dollars on the table because he believes in what we’re doing. That makes you feel really good because Darrell Arthur is about all the right things." Arthur is stuck in a crowded Nuggets frontcourt and is only worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • David Lee looking to fit in with Spurs
    David Lee is looking to contribute to the Spurs in whatever way he can.

    Advice: Lee is joining the Spurs on a two-year deal for the veteran minimum and knows he'll be more of a role player with San Antonio. "I’m not coming here saying, ‘LaMarcus better watch out, I’m taking his spot,’" Lee said. "Those two guys [Aldridge and Gasol] are established All-Stars. I want to come in here and whatever minutes I’m given, I’m going to play them with energy." Lee won't be worth much in standard fantasy leagues, but he could have some good DFS nights when the Spurs rest players. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Evan Turner confident at multiple positions
    Evan Turner is confident that he can contribute at multiple positions for the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "I came out of [Ohio State] a point guard, and the experts said I was a wing,’’ Turner said. "I never shot a spot-up shot in my life. I am what I am. I grew up playing with the rock. I knew how to play all the positions, and I think if I get minutes on the court, I can make a lot happen.’’ Turner is a better real life player than fantasy player, but he's worth a late-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his ability to do a little bit of everything (other than hit threes). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 am
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