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  • Hassan Whiteside (sore knee) misses practice
    Hassan Whiteside sat out of Friday's practice with a sore left knee.

    Advice: Teams are always cautious during the preseason and it's possible that it could just be a maintenance day for the big man. Whiteside is expected to see a bump in minutes this season and is hoping to show off an improved offensive game. He has first-round upside, but a lot of owners will be able to snag him in the second round. 42 minutes ago
  • LaMarcus Aldridge says he will take more 3s
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he will take more 3-pointers this season.

    Advice: After hitting 37-of-105 (35.2 percent) of his 3-point attempts for the Blazers in 2014-15, Aldridge missed all 16 of his treys for the Spurs last season. "[Gregg Popovich], after last season, told me to get back with it, so I’ll start taking that shot more this year," Aldridge said. The promise of some more treys is encouraging, but his upside in San Antonio is limited because Popovich likes to keep his minutes in check. He's more of a third-round target. 56 minutes ago
  • Moe Harkless could start at small forward?
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts is keeping an "open mind" about the starting small forward role, and he's considering Moe Harkless.

    Advice: "Certainly Moe starting last year, that's the way we finished the last 11 games and throughout he playoffs, so certainly that's a part of it," Stotts said. "But I want to keep an open mind about it." Evan Turner was the favorite to start heading into camp and Allen Crabbe is in the mix as well, but Harkless' momentum from last season has carried over and he's reportedly been one of the most impressive players at camp. Harkless averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 28.7 minutes per game in April. Today, 8:47 am
  • Popovich speaks highly of Dedmon
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke highly of Dewayne Dedmon.

    Advice: "He’s a Bruce Bowen in a bigger guy’s body," Popovich said. "We want him to play D, rebound, block shots, run the floor and keep things together in that regard. We’re not going to have 14 plays we run for him." It's literally impossible for Dedmon to fill Boban Marjanovic's shoes, and he may not be in the rotation if David Lee plays a lot of center off the bench. Dedmon is not on the fantasy radar. Today, 8:35 am
  • Tomas Satoransky to play 3 positions w/ WAS
    Tomas Satoransky is expected to spend time at the one, two and three for the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I think that’s going to be his strength in this league, it’s being able to guard multiple players and play different spots on offense," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "I think he has the ability to be a jack-of-all trades and he’s going to be able to play all three spots." Satoransky has impressed the Wizards with his versatility and athleticism during camp, and it sounds like he's a dark horse to crack the rotation on opening night. For now, he's just on the radar in deeper leagues. Today, 8:30 am
  • Gerald Green (hip) is feeling better
    Gerald Green said that his hip flexor injury has improved.

    Advice: "It’s feeling better," Green said. "Having a second day off of practice and today, just doing a lot of treatment right after practice and coming back this evening and doing treatment, so kind of just almost like precautionary thing, making sure it doesn’t get worse." He's expected to return to practice early next week, which is good because he's fighting to keep his roster spot in Boston. Green is not a fantasy target. Today, 8:18 am
  • Bulls to try Taj Gibson at center in camp
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg wants to try some lineups with Taj Gibson at center.

    Advice: Robin Lopez will be the starter, but if Gibson can play some center minutes that will also improve the outlook of both Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Gibson averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game last season, so his upside is pretty low. He's also a trade candidate as he enters the final year of his contract. If Gibson does play some center, Cristiano Felicio will have a hard time earning minutes. Today, 7:47 am
  • Mike Dunleavy says his back is feeling good
    Mike Dunleavy said that his back injury is in the rearview mirror.

    Advice: "I feel good. Last year at this time was not so good. But I got that behind me," Dunleavy said. "I feel great, a whole lot better than I did last year. Looking forward to a healthy season." He missed the first 49 games of the 2015-16 season because of the back issue, and it's worth noting that it still requires some maintenance. Dunleavy should have a role with the Cavs because of his versatility and 3-point shooting, but won't be a fantasy factor unless the Cavs can't agree to a deal with J.R. Smith. Today, 7:22 am
  • Khris Middleton undergoes successful surgery
    The Bucks announced that Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery on his left hamstring.

    Advice: According to the Bucks, Middleton is expected to miss around six months. It's possible Middleton could be held out for the entire season, especially since this timetable has him returning around late march to early April. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Malcolm Brogdon is a huge threat to his workload and the Bucks could also bring in some additonal help on the wings. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker to benefit the most. Today, 7:16 am
  • Thon Maker's wrist injury isn't severe
    Thon Maker was cleared of any serious injury to his right wrist.

    Advice: He's sporting a right wrist brace, but he didn't sound concerned about the injury and said he expects to be back on the court in a "few" days. Coach Jason Kidd wasn't concerned either, saying that Maker could even return in a couple days if the swelling subsides. There's nothing to worry about here, especially this early in training camp. Today, 7:10 am
  • Manu Ginobili isn't thinking about retirement
    Manu Ginobili said that he isn't thinking about retirement just yet.

    Advice: "As long as I’m happy and enjoying [basketball] on a daily basis," Ginobili said of delaying his retirement. "That’s [been] my goal in the last two or three years." Entering his 15th NBA season, the 39-year-old SG will likely have a limited role behind Danny Green, especially since he averaged just 19.6 minutes per game in 2015-16. Fantasy owners can do better. Today, 6:57 am
  • Porzingis' shot has 'improved greatly'
    Kristaps Porzingis' shot has "improved greatly" according to coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: "He’s really feeling confident about the shot," Hornacek said. "His corner 3s seem like they're automatic. The one 3 that he made and the other 3 that he missed that went in and out [in Thursday’s scrimmage], they both were from about 4-5 feet from behind the line. So he’s got the range." The hype train is still moving at full speed and it helps that Hornacek has promised that Porzingis will be used in the post and on the perimeter this season. His price has been set in the early rounds. Today, 6:43 am
  • Schroder will be re-evaluated in a few days
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle on Thursday and the Hawks held him out of practice. Teams are usually overly cautious during the preseason, so there's no reason to be concerned just yet. Schroder is poised for a career year as the full-time starting PG in Atlanta. Today, 6:28 am
  • Paul Millsap 'very, very limited' at camp
    Paul Millsap continues to be "very, very limited" at training camp.

    Advice: He's been limited to free throw shooting so far, but based on his original timetable he should be ready for the season opener. Millsap underwent a preventative knee procedure on September 22, so the Hawks are likely just being very careful with their franchise player. There will be several updates throughout the week, but this shouldn't impact his draft stock too much. Today, 6:23 am
  • Jarrett Jack continues to be limited at camp
    Jarrett Jack has been limited at training camp and his workload has been reduced the past couple days.

    Advice: He's been doing mostly non-contact drills in camp and the Hawks are staying true to their word that Jack will be brought along very slowly. If he's not ready to go for opening night, Malcolm Delaney should win the backup job behind Dennis Schroder. Today, 6:18 am
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) is making progress
    Tiago Splitter (hip) is making good progress at training camp.

    Advice: "I think we feel good about Tiago’s three days of work, how much he was able to get in and how he played when he was in," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We tried to keep him more in a scrimmage and competitive type environment. I think the whole team marvels what Tiago is doing coming off his surgery and off his injury." This sounds encouraging and likely means that Splitter will be ready to back up Dwight Howard on opening night. His fantasy value will be limited while the Hawks are at full strength, so he's not a fantasy target. Today, 6:15 am
  • Nicolas Batum doesn't feel much pressure
    Nicolas Batum said that he doesn't feel any new pressure after signing a five-year, $120 million deal over the summer.

    Advice: "I’ll try to be aggressive, but I understand why I got this contract. I don’t think my teammates or coaches want me to change," Batum said. "They want me to keep being a playmaker." Batum put up averages of 14.9 points with 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting last season, returning fifth-round value in standard leagues. Despite a quiet showing at the Rio Olympics for France, Batum should take on some extra responsibility in Charlotte with Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin in new cities, making him an excellent mid-round pick with early-round upside. Today, 6:09 am
  • Devin Harris expected to practice on Friday
    Devin Harris (foot) is expected to practice on Friday.

    Advice: He had three surgeries this summer with his left big toe surgery as the most significant one. Harris said his oft-injured foot was feeling good up until he suffered turf toe, and then everything went south. He said he expects to be 100 percent for the opener on Oct. 26, but he's not worthy of a fantasy draft pick almost anywhere. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Warriors encouraging Durant to be aggressive
    Kevin Durant said that the Warriors have been encouraging him to be aggressive with his shot selection.

    Advice: "I shot a lot today and Draymond [Green] told me I wasn’t aggressive enough. So that’s great for me," said Durant. "Just basically telling me to shoot more." Durant wouldn't put a specific number on the amount of shots he expects take night in night out, simply saying that some games he might shoot it 25 times and some nights he may attempt as little as seven, although we'd say it's a safe bet that most nights that number will be closer to 20. KD’s scoring numbers could see a minor dip this season, but his efficiency should be on the rise in Golden State. He’s a fine top-3 pick. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:58 am
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