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  • Dwyane Wade has a green light?
    Dwyane Wade said coach Fred Hoiberg wants him to shoot more 3-pointers.

    Advice: "That’s a little new era for me," Wade said. He had a career-low seven total makes from deep last season and has never made more than 1.1 treys per game in his career. The Bulls are likely going to manage Wade's minutes and he's clearly past his prime at age 34. Unless he really slides in a draft, it's probably best to let someone else draft Wade. In other news, Wade said he wants to be from "Chicago, Illinois" and not Marquette during the pre-game intros. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:14 pm
  • Gerald Green will miss time with hip issue
    Gerald Green will miss the next few days due to a hip flexor injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and there's no talk of any re-evaluation. Green is going to have a chance to step up with Evan Turner in Portland, but he will really have to play lights out in camp. For now, he's behind guys like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:59 pm
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  • Jaylen Brown can play some four
    Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown is capable of playing minutes at the four.

    Advice: There have been some comparisons to Jae Crowder just based on where his minutes could fall, so Stevens' comments make sense. Brown will have a big adjustment from his days at Cal and will likely see his 31.4 usage rate last year get cut in half. He's not a great target in re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:55 pm
  • Wade: Rondo is the best PG he's played with
    Dwyane Wade said Rajon Rondo is the best point guard he's ever played with.

    Advice: What about Mario Chalmers, though? Wade has been among the elite for usage and has 5.8 dimes per game in his career. Some of that may have something to do with sub-par guards next to him. The Three Alphas should take time to adjust, but Rondo should get his dimes. He's a risky pick in the late middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:47 pm
  • Ben Simmons plays PG during scrimmage
    Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:25 pm
  • Danny Green (quad) limited to shooting Weds
    Danny Green (left quad contusion) got on the court for a post-practice shooting session on Wednesday, although he's still yet to work out with the team.

    Advice: Green is nursing a left quad injury, and while it's not believed to be serious, he likely won't take the court until he's 100 percent healthy. Green likely earned himself a spot on many fantasy GM's "never again" lists after a horrendous 2015-16 campaign, but let's not forget that he was a steady mid-round producer from the 2012 season all the way through 2015. He's someone to consider targeting towards the later rounds as a potential bounce-back candidate. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:59 am
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  • Malcolm Brogdon can handle the ball?
    Coach Jason Kidd hinted Malcolm Brogdon could handle the ball for the Bucks at times.

    Advice: Hall of Fame guard John Stockton was at camp for the Bucks and Kidd mentioned Stockton helping Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and "a pretty big point guard" -- yes, that big point guard is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Brogdon was fantastic at Summer League and showed a lot of poise at Virginia last year. Plus, he might be one of the best shooters on the team. He's a name fantasy owners will want to throw on their watch list. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:42 am
  • Brooks says Satoransky can earn mins at SF
    Scott Brooks said that in addition to earning some time at shooting guard, Tomas Satoransky will compete for minutes at small forward position as well.

    Advice: Satoransky will be fighting for reserve minutes with the likes of Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a worthwhile asset in most settings. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 am
  • Brooks says John Wall looks 'fresh' on Day 2
    Scott Brooks said that John Wall (knees) looked "fresh" after his second consecutive day of practicing at the Wizards' training camp.

    Advice: Wall practicing for the second day in a row is certainly an encouraging sign regarding his recovery from the offseason knee procedures, although he's still not officially been cleared for contact. Wall is as tough as they come, but two knee surgeries in one offseason is nothing to shrug at. He'll be a risky early-round pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:11 am
    GTD
  • Alvin Gentry not set on starting Omer Asik
    Alvin Gentry said that he's not set on starting a true center next to Anthony Davis each game this year.

    Advice: With how awful Omer Asik has been during his time in New Orleans, it's not surprising at all to hear Gentry make this sort of statement. Gentry said that he'd consider starting Davis at the five spot for certain matchups, which could result in Terrence Jones earning some extended minutes as the Pelicans' starting PF. Jones is coming off a down-year, but he offers a decent amount of upside and is worth a late-round pick on draft day. The same cannot be said for Asik, who isn't really worth drafting anywhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:05 am
  • Blake Griffin fully recovered from quad issue
    Blake Griffin has fully recovered from the quad issue that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "It just looks like a brand new tendon," Griffin said, after seeing the results with his doctor. "No tendinitis, no anything…The doctor was like, ‘This is probably as healthy as your tendon’s been since high school,’ just because of the nature of how much basketball we have to play." Doc Rivers said that Griffin "looked great" during his first full practice with the team at camp, and Griffin added that he's cleared all the mental hurdles of the recovery process. He's in a contract year and entering his prime at 27 years old, so Griffin could be in for a career-year with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:59 am
  • Lue wants to keep minutes down for Big Three
    Tryonn Lue said that he wants to keep LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's minutes down this season.

    Advice: Lue added that the number one goal for the Cavs this season will be going into the postseason with a clean bill of health, so don't be surprised to see these guys (particularly LBJ) pick up some random rest days down the stretch once Cleveland has locked up their seeding. While you could still make the argument that James is one of the best basketball players currently residing on this planet, the assured maintenance days make him more of a late-first, early-second round target. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:41 am
  • Snyder says Alec Burks making good progress
    Quin Snyder said that Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) is making "good progress" in his recovery, and he anticipates him being cleared for contact by the start of the regular season.

    Advice: "From what I'm told and what I see, there's good progress, especially in the last week or so," said Snyder of Burks. "I think it gets to a point where we're going to see it go quicker... that would be my hope." Snyder went on to say that the Jazz are focusing on "the next 12 years over the next 12 months," with regards to how they handle Burks' rehab, and that Burks has been participating in everything except for the contact portions of practice. However, the injury concerns partnered with the arrival of Joe Johnson make Burks an undesirable target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:57 am
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  • Stephen Curry says he wants to be even better
    Stephen Curry said that he wants to be "better" this year than he was during the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "I want to get better. I want to be better than I was last year," said Curry. "That’s going to be the same, regardless if [Kevin Durant] was here or not." Curry had a pretty glorious season last year, taking home the fantasy crown and his second consecutive MVP trophy behind averages of 30.1 points, 5.1 triples, 6.7 assists, 5.4 boards and 2.1 steals per game on 50.4 percent shooting. Curry will likely continue his development as a player, but with the arrival of Durant, it's unlikely we'll see statistical improvement. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:28 am
  • Anthony Davis (knee) under no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:47 am
  • CLE has made competitive offer to J.R. Smith
    Cavs' GM David Griffin said that the team has made an "incredibly competitive and aggressive offer" to re-sign unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.

    Advice: "As we have stated and coach has previously stated, we think very highly of J.R. and we love him as a member of our team, as a member of our locker room," Griffin said. "He was essential to our success and for that reason we have made an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer in re-signing him." Smith is seeking a multi-year deal that will pay him roughly $15 million annually, and while the two sides have not found a common ground there, they remain engaged in a dialogue. It would be surprising to see Smith leave Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 am
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  • Cameron Payne tweaks right ankle at practice
    Cameron Payne suffered a right ankle sprain during Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but it's worth pointing out that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this summer to correct the Jones fracture. We should have an update on Payne soon enough, but with a full month to go until the regular season tips, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:38 am
  • Trey Burke ready for a fresh start
    Trey Burke said he finally has an opportunity to be himself with the Wizards.

    Advice: "Last year I didn’t have the opportunity that I’ll have here. Towards the end of the year, after the deadline, they went their own route," Burke said. "I feel like I’m going to have an opportunity to be myself. I’m with an organization that will allow me to be myself. It’s a better fit for me." With John Wall (knees) limited early on in camp, Burke may have to step up and play significant minutes right out of the gate. He's got career averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.3 percent shooting, so there's not much upside here. He's just a short-term option for deep-league owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Report: Will Barton drawing interest
    According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

    Advice: It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard focused on becoming a leader
    Kawhi Leonard said he focused on becoming a leader during the offseason to prepare for life without Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "Just becoming a leader," Leonard said. "Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it." Leonard was dominant last season and finished as the third best player in standard leagues, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. He's a stud and standard-league owners should feel comfortable taking him in the first round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
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