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  • Nerlens Noel likes playing alongside Simmons
    Nerlens Noel believes that he and Ben Simmons can make for a great defensive duo.

    Advice: "I think we complement each other very well, especially on the defensive end," Noel said. "He's definitely a lockdown type defender that digs in." Noel's future with the 76ers franchise is uncertain, and he'll open up the year splitting minutes with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, so currently he's a rather dubious fantasy asset. Today, 3:47 pm
  • McDermott expects Butler's FTAs to increase
    Doug McDermott said that he expects Jimmy Butler to be more aggressive drawing fouls this season.

    Advice: "I think he’s shot like 15 free throws in each scrimmage," said McDermott of Butler. With Derrick Rose now in New York, the team in Chicago officially belongs to Jimmy Buckets, and he's been embracing that leadership role throughout camp. Yes, he'll face some competition for touches with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 guy in that offense, and should have little trouble returning second-round value. Today, 3:33 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. Today, 3:11 pm
  • Brown says Saric and Simmons will share floor
    Brett Brown confirmed that he intends to play Dario Saric and Ben Simmons together.

    Advice: "I think the pluses are you have 6-10 do-alls that really can jump into a very versatile defensive world with perhaps a lot of switching," Brown said of the Saric-Simmons pairing. "I think they are elite defensive rebounders that can rebound, lead a break, and take off." Brown hopes that Saric can get comfortable playing out of position at small forward, and he's determined to use training camp to develop some chemistry between the two lottery picks. It sounds like Brown plans to give quality run to Saric his rookie year, so targeting him towards the later rounds makes sense given his upside. Today, 3:01 pm
  • Malone 'impressed' w/ Kenneth Faried at camp
    Michael Malone said that he's been "impressed" with Kenneth Faried through the first five days of training camp.

    Advice: "Kenneth is having an unbelievable camp," said Malone. "He's in great shape, and just how hard he's working. I've been very impressed with Kenneth and his mind set." Faried has tantalized the fantasy world with his uber-athleticism ever since he came into the league, but through five years of NBA experience, he just hasn't seemed to ever reach his potential. The Manimal was just a ninth-round guy last year and will be facing some increased competition for minutes this year from Jusuf Nurkic and Wilson Chandler, so he's really not worth much more than a late-round pick. Today, 2:36 pm
  • 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. Today, 2:25 pm
  • Dwight Powell puts on 15 pounds of muscle
    Dwight Powell put on 15 pounds of muscle this offseason.

    Advice: "It's useful weight," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's not just weight to be heavier. It's muscle, it's basketball weight. It's combination of strength and a little bit more dynamic thrust. It's going to help him." Powell now weighs 245 pounds, which should help him keep his position when battling in the low post. He signed a four-year, $37 million extension with the Mavs this summer, and Carlisle has said he expects him to be a regular part of the rotation, so he could be worth a late-round gamble in deep leagues. Today, 2:20 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. Today, 1:55 pm
  • Cameron Payne (broken foot) out indefinitely
    Cameron Payne could miss the first month of the regular season as he rehabs from an acute fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

    Advice: Foot injuries are tricky for NBA players, and given that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this offseason to correct the Jones fracture, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see the Thunder use extreme caution in bringing him back this time around. With Payne sidelines, Ronnie Price will become Russell Westbrook's primary backup, and Victor Oladipo could also spend some more time running the point. With an uncertain timetable, Payne is no longer worth drafting in most leagues. Today, 1:44 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. Today, 1:08 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) doesn't practice Thurs
    Aaron Gordon (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Head coach Frank Vogel said that Gordon is "antsy" to return to the court, and GM Rob Hennigan said he expects Gordon to suit up for the preseason, so it sounds like he'll be cleared sooner rather than later. Gordon had a nice post-break showing last season, putting up mid-round value behind averages of 12.0 points, 7.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 0.9 turnovers per game, and it's reasonable to expect across the board improvement this season as he's fully unleashed under Vogel. Today, 12:59 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hip) sits out practice Thurs
    Elfrid Payton (hip flexor) did not participate during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Payton has plenty of time to get himself right before the regular season tips, so we're not very concerned about this injury impacting his status for opening night. With Victor Oladipo now in OKC, Payton will be more heavily relied upon to orchestrate the offense. However, the shooting percentages will more than likely remain an issue, so Payton's value will be stronger in points formats. Today, 12:55 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. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (rest) withheld from practice
    Jusuf Nurkic (rest) was withheld from competing in Thursday's practice for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: Malik Beasley (leg) and Jamal Murray also joined Nurkic on the sidelines for precautionary reasons during Thursday's practice. Nurkic is obviously going to be brought along with extreme caution in Denver after spending a majority of the 2015-16 season rehabbing from knee surgery, although he did have a nice showing during the EuroBasket tournament this summer, compiling averages of 19.2 points, 13.5 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game while playing 29.4 minutes a night. He's a high-upside, late-round target. Today, 12:38 pm
  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) misses practice Thurs
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but it's worth noting that Schroder has been very durable through the first three years of his career, and he hasn't dealt with any serious ankle injuries. We'll be closely monitoring this situation, but if the injury is bad enough to force Schroder to miss any time, that would open up some opportunity for Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) and Malcolm Delaney. Stay tuned. Today, 12:02 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. Today, 11:34 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. Today, 10:57 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. Today, 8:59 am
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  • Nuggets coach impressed with Emmanuel Mudiay
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone has been impressed with Emmanuel Mudiay's development.

    Advice: "Emmanuel looks like a different player," Malone said on the second day of training camp. "Physically, he’s a big, strong, imposing guard as it is. I think he’s even bigger and stronger coming into camp. He’s in great shape. He’s much more confident in himself as a leader." While Mudiay was better after the All-Star Break, his inefficiency makes him tough to own in standard fantasy leagues. He has upside, but is more of a target in points leagues. Today, 7:22 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. Today, 6:58 am
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