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  • Kris Humphries gets the stitches out
    Kris Humphries (hand) had the stitches removed on Friday and hasn't tested his hand yet.

    Advice: He sounds like he could be ready for the regular season and the Wizards will need him with Nene suspended for the opener. Humphries and Kevin Seraphin would get most of the minutes next to Marcin Gortat. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:19 pm
  • Jason Smith the starting power forward?
    Coach Derek Fisher hinted Jason Smith will start at power forward on opening night.

    Advice: He'd likely join Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert. These guys haven't had any minutes together in the preseason and Quincy Acy could still get the nod. That said, there's no reason to add either guy in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:17 pm
  • Pistons exercise option on Andre Drummond
    The Pistons exercised their fourth-year option on Andre Drummond.

    Advice: This was a no brainer and they'll probably have to max out Drummond when his contract is up after the fourth year. If you can punt free throw percentage properly, Drummond is seriously worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:00 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) out on Friday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He did downplay the injury at shootaround and expects to be ready for opening night. "I don't think it's that serious," Aldridge said." Just trying to be cautious right now. It's a little tender, just being safe." He had a groin injury last season and had two surgeries on his hip earlier in his career. This is also the third preseason in a row LMA entered the season with some injury concerns. He is a risky second-round target, but his owners should expect him to be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. does some things
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) did "a few more things" at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:03 pm
  • James Harden feels he's in mid-season form
    James Harden feels he's entering the 2014-15 season in mid-season.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm mid-season right now and it's still preseason," Harden said. "Basketball-wise, knowledge wise, everything, this summer really helped me out. Being around great players for two months and a great coaching staff, you learn. You learn a lot. Learning from USA Basketball and those coaches helped me a lot." Harden's ability to fill up the stat sheet makes him well worth a top-5 selection in standard leagues, and he's going to come out the gates sprinting. Don't hesitate to grab the best shooting guard in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:01 pm
  • Kenyon Martin a coaching candidate?
    The Rockets have met with Kenyon Martin about becoming a coach.

    Advice: Back in summer league, he was optimistic about his chances of playing, but it doesn't sound like it now. Martin might retire and make the Rockets the league leaders for tattoos in their coaching staff. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:31 am
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  • Nets pickup team option on Mason Plumlee
    The Nets have picked up their team option on Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: Plumlee is a nice fantasy asset to own while Brook Lopez is on the sidelines. However, when Brook is healthy Plumlee will struggle to find consistent minutes. He's worth a late-round flier in standard leagues, but would probably be served best on the team that drafts Lopez. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:26 am
  • Stephenson (groin) hopeful to practice on Mon
    Lance Stephenson (groin) is hopeful he'll be able to return to practice by Monday.

    Advice: Stephenson's groin strain isn't considered serious, and he's likely just being rested so he can start the regular-season at 100 percent healthy. His ability to contribute to all areas of the box score makes him well worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Damien Inglis to be shut down for six weeks
    A CT scan revealed that Damien Inglis' foot fracture hasn't healed properly and he will be shut down for six weeks.

    Advice: He probably wasn't going to play much this season and perhaps the biggest impact from this news is that it might scare Kevin Durant (foot) fantasy owners. To be clear, KD owners shouldn't lose sleep over it. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:16 am
    Injured
  • Jason Maxiell will make regular-season roster
    Head coach Steve Clifford confirmed on Friday that Jason Maxiell will make the Hornets' regular-season roster.

    Advice: Maxiell will serve as a veteran presence in the locker room, but with career averages of 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds, he's not making a blip on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:42 am
  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:35 am
  • Marcus Morris playing well through preseason
    Marcus Morris has been playing well through the preseason, and he's been the Suns' best 3-point shooter going 8-of-19 from beyond the arc.

    Advice: "It's good to see Marcus very confident when he gets an open 3," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He's done a nice job rebounding. He obviously worked hard in the summer on things. We're going to need him." Morris will be the teams' starting small forward for the first three games of the season as P.J. Tucker will be serving a suspension, but depending on how he plays, he could end up supplanting Tucker in the starting lineup. Morris is deserving of a late-round flier for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, and he could be a steal if he nabs the starting job. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:20 am
  • Danny Granger (flu) out Friday vs. Memphis
    Danny Granger (flu-like symptoms) did not travel with the team to Memphis, and will not play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Granger has been extremely injury prone for the past few years, and while we wouldn't expect this recent illness to withhold him from suiting up opening night, his lack of contributions to the stat sheet make him an unappealing fantasy asset. Owners can do better than Granger with their late-round selections. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:04 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) questionable for Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back contusion) is being listed as questionable for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Wiggins' injury is not considered serious, and he should be ready for opening night. There's a lot of hype surrounding his name, so if you want him, it's likely going to cost you a mid-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:57 am
  • Dwight Howard (laceration) out vs. Spurs
    Dwight Howard has a laceration in his forearm that required stitches, and he will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The cut happened from something he did at home, but he is reportedly fine, and we'd expect him to be ready for opening night. Howard attempted the fourth-most free throws in the league last year, and only made 54.7 percent of them, so if you draft him know that the free throw category is a lost cause. However, he also put up averages of 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, so he is an attractive asset for owners punting free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:28 am
  • Otto Porter looking for a bounce-back season
    Otto Porter is looking to put last year's injury plagued rookie season behind him, and is looking to bounce-back during his sophomore year.

    Advice: "I’m thankful to be playing at 100 percent and getting better," Porter said. "I’m trying to play hard each and every time I step onto the court and hopefully everything else will take care of itself." Porter could start off the year as the team's shooting guard with Bradley Beal on the shelf for the first month of the season. He's been practicing at the two-guard position during practices, and during the final five preseason games he averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. There's a lot of upside here, and Porter looks like someone worth taking a late-round flier on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Jason Richardson may not play this season
    76ers head coach Brett Brown stated during a recent interview that he feels "it will be a challenge" for Jason Richardson (knee) to suit up this season.

    Advice: Richardson wasn't able to suit up all of last season, and only made it through 33 games the previous year, so if he were to play there would definitely be some serious rust to shake off. Richardson is in the final years of his career, and it really doesn't make sense for the veteran to play any games for a tanking (rebuilding?) 76er squad. Whether he plays or not, he's certainly not worth wasting a draft pick on in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
  • Anthony Davis returns from wrist injury
    Anthony Davis returned from his wrist injury and played 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: He dodged a bullet from his sprained wrist on Monday, but he's good to go. In his last four, Davis averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 24.8 minutes per game. Yes, he can fill a stat sheet and is worth taking at the top spot of your fantasy draft, assuming you're OK with taking a risk. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
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