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  • Thomas Robinson makes Lakers 15-man roster.
    Thomas Robinson has made the Lakers opening night roster.

    Advice: Robinson hasn't lived up to the hype he generated coming into the league as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft. However, he did show flashes of promise last season with the Nets. And he impressed his new coach Luke Walton in training camp and the preseason. Walton said he is "shocked" that Robinson hasn't been able to stick on a roster for an extended period of time 47 minutes ago
  • Marc Gasol to be a minutes restriction.
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will be on a "relative minutes restriction" as the season starts.

    Advice: Michael Wallace of reported that Coach Fizdale will look to limit Gasol's minutes early on this season. It remains unclear how limiting the restriction will be, and how long it will last. It is a fluid situation and should be monitored as such. Stay tuned... Today, 12:27 pm
  • Brandan Wright (ankle) won't play in opener.
    Brandon Wright (ankle) will not play in the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last year, badly sprained his left ankle early in the preseason and is clearly still not yet 100% healed. With starting center Marc Gasol on a minutes restriction, there was an opportunity for Wright to see increased playing time, but Wright needs to first get himself healthy. Today, 12:22 pm
  • The Thunder have waived C Kaleb Tarczewski
    The Thunder have waived C Kaleb Tarczewski

    Advice: Tarczewski averaged 9.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during his senior season at Arizona but was a longshot to make OKC's final 15-man roster. Today, 12:04 pm
  • The Thunder have waived Mitch McGary
    The Thunder have waived Mitch McGary.

    Advice: McGary has battled off-the-court issues and was to be suspended the first 15 games of the season for twice violating the league's anti-drug program. He's also dealt with a number of significant injuries. McGary was projected as a promising lottery pick early in his collegiate career at Univeristy of Michigan, but has failed to live up to hype since entering the NBA. He may be forced to try to rehabilitate his career overseas. Today, 11:56 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) feeling better every day
    Jahlil Okafor said that his knee has been feeling better every day.

    Advice: Okafor is on track to suit up for Philly's regular-season opener against OKC on Wednesday, but he'll be coming off the bench behind Joel Embiid, and will more than likely be brought along slowly with a strict minutes limit. He's not all that attractive of a standard league target, although his value is a bit better in points settings. Today, 11:35 am
  • Lakers officially waive Yi Jianlian
    The Lakers have officially waived Yi Jianlian.

    Advice: "Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak. "However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he'd be better off in a different situation." If Jianlian wants to play meaningful minutes, he probably needs to head back to the CBA. Today, 11:05 am
  • Aron Baynes (nose) expected to play in opener
    Stan Van Gundy said that he expects Aron Baynes (nose) to suit up for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Raptors.

    Advice: Van Gundy said that he anticipates Baynes going through a full practice on Tuesday, and that he won't put a minutes limit on Baynes for Wednesday's game. He should be good to go, but he won't have much fantasy value at all as long as Andre Drummond is healthy. Today, 11:04 am
  • Casey considering starting Patrick Patterson
    Dwane Casey said that he currently views Patrick Patterson as the "leading candidate" to start sans Jared Sullinger (foot surgery).

    Advice: While Casey tabbed Patterson as the leading candidate, he also acknowledged that he go back and forth between starting Patterson or rookie Pascal Siakam based on the matchup, but either way Patterson figures to earn the bulk of the power forward minutes in Sullinger's absence. That being said, aside from hitting a few triples, Patterson rarely brings much else to the box score, so he's more of a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Today, 10:51 am
  • Jared Sullinger looking at 2-3 month absence
    Jared Sullinger is expected to miss roughly the next 2-3 months of action as he recovers from foot surgery, according to Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri.

    Advice: While Ujiri acknowledged that there's a chance Sullinger can beat that timetable, that seems like a very unlikely scenario given how difficult the recovery process can be for big men coming back from foot surgery. This timetable would put Sullinger back on the court by December in a best-case scenario, but he'll more than likely be brought along very slowly once he is cleared for contact. Even in leagues with an IR-spot, it's tough to hang on to Sullinger as he was only a 10th round guy last year. Pascal Siakam will have the opportunity to start in Sullinger's absence, but Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll will see the biggest boost in value. Today, 10:16 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) cleared for contact
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) has been cleared for contact, and hopes to make it back to the court "sooner rather than later."

    Advice: Additionally, McRoberts said he's spent most his time at the five-spot during Heat practices, so it sounds like Erik Spoelstra envisions McBob operating as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup. It's unlikely that McRoberts will be able to see much more than 20 minutes a night in a reserve role, and he's still without an official timetable to return, so there's no reason to draft him anywhere. Today, 10:11 am
  • HOU wanted Capela to play more mins last year
    Houston management reportedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more minutes, at the expense of Dwight Howard last season.

    Advice: Rockets' GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were the ones arguing to get more minutes to Capela, as they believed his development was crucial with Howard likely to leave via free agency, and that decision was reportedly "heavily influenced" by James Harden. The takeaway here is that Howard is now in Atlanta, so management (and Harden) should get their wish, with Capela potentially looking at a 30-plus-minute role this season. He's a decent late-round flier if you're punting free throws. Today, 6:42 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) practices fully Sunday
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He's questionable for opening night, but coach Steve Clifford has already conceded that Zeller will be very limited upon his return due to a lack of conditioning. Roy Hibbert will almost certainly start on opening night, but there are no guarantees he can keep the job once Zeller gets up to speed. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • MIN exercises option on Karl-Anthony Towns
    The Timberwolves have exercised their third-year option on Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Advice: KAT's rookie year was pretty legendary, and he's all setup to have an incredible sophomore season under head coach Tom Thibodeau. He's going to cost you a top-5 pick if you want him. Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Joakim Noah says he feels 'a step slow' on D
    Joakim Noah acknowledged that he felt "a step slow" on the defensive end during the preseason.

    Advice: "Right now I feel a step slow defensively. And I have to do better. I have to do better for this ball-club. We all do," Noah said. "I mean for sure I feel like I haven’t played in a long time. I just have to get my steps, get my first step back, and it will come. It will come." Shoulder surgery kept Noah off the court for all but 29 games last year, and then he missed time during the preseason with an ankle and hamstring issue, so it makes sense that he's feeling a bit rusty. The 31-year-old can't be viewed as anything more than a late-round target in standard leagues. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Michael Malone is hopeful that Arthur will be able to ramp of his activities during Monday and Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Denver's regular-season opener against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Arthur won't be on the court enough while the team is at full strength to justify a roster spot in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Yesterday, 11:36 am
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  • Derrick Favors (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Derrick Favors (left knee) participated in portions of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: This is the first time that Favors has gone through any sort of practice since going down with the knee injury, and while this is a positive development, we're still going to consider him questionable for Utah's regular-season opener against Portland until we get some more information. Knee issues for big men are always concerning, so Favors remains a bit of a risky early-round target. Trey Lyles will benefit most if Favors' misses any time during the regular season. Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Raptors pick up Nogueira's option
    The Raptors have picked up their fourth-year option on Lucas Nogueira.

    Advice: He had a decent preseason and it looks like he has the edge over Jakob Poeltl for the backup center role. He won't be a fantasy asset while Jonas Valanciunas is active. He is dealing with a tweaked left ankle, but said he expects to be ready for the opener. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Kelly Olynyk eyeing mid-November return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) hinted that he's targeting a mid-November return.

    Advice: "So we still have about three weeks left, which is probably the middle of November, I guess, is what he's thinking in terms of the timetable we were told at the start," Olynyk said. "It's feeling good and the strength is coming and the stamina is coming. It's just a matter of getting it to where we want it to be before we put it at risk." He was cleared for contact this week and was able to play some 5-on-5, so he's moving in the right direction. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes a game last season, so he's someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 6:44 am
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