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  • Dario Saric expected to practice Tuesday
    Dario Saric (face) is expected to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He took a shot to the face at Monday's practice, and while he will be re-evaluated, it doesn't sound serious at all. Saric should be the starting PF on opening night and is looking at a heavy workload. Today, 4:51 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky is ‘making lots of progress'
    Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is "making lots of progress" and is "questionable" for the season-opener.

    Advice: Kaminsky, who suffered a right foot strain in Friday’s exhibition game, was well enough Monday to be walking in sneakers, rather than the protective boot he wore over the weekend. "He said he felt a lot better," coach Steve Clifford said of Kaminsky. "He did a ton [of rehabilitation] Sunday and then he was back in here this morning. I guess you’d call him questionable [for the season-opener], but he’s making lots of progress." Today, 3:23 pm
  • The Cavs have waived F Dahntay Jones.
    The Cavs have waived G/F Dahntay Jones.

    Advice: Jones appeared in two preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 20.4 minutes. Jones also appeared in 15 postseason games for the Cavs last season. Today, 2:58 pm
  • G John Jenkins will make final 15-man roster.
    The Suns will keep John Jenkins on the opening night roster.

    Advice: That will guarantee his $1.05 million salary for the season. Jenkins made the final roster spot over Archie Goodwin, who the Suns waived at Monday's deadline. The Suns are loaded with plenty of guard depth, so it is highly unlikely Jenkins has any fantasy value this season. Today, 1:55 pm
  • Sixers will waive F James Webb III
    Sixers waive F James Webb III.

    Advice: The 76ers gave him a fighting chance with 15 minutes per game in the preseason. Webb is unlikely to be claimed, which would mean he'll head to the D-League. Today, 1:45 pm
  • Sixers will waive F Shawn Long.
    Sixers waive F Shawn Long.

    Advice: He played in all seven preseason games for the 76ers with 10.2 minutes per outing, but didn't play well with just a 34.4 field goal percentage. Long will likely be joining the D-League 87ers. Today, 1:42 pm
  • Tony Allen expected to play opener.
    Tony Allen (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen missed all six of the Grizzlies preseason games due to knee soreness, but it's is obviously an encouraging sign that he is ready to roll for the season opener on Wednesday night. Today, 12:34 pm
  • Brandan Wright (ankle) won't play in opener.
    Brandon Wright (ankle) will not play in the season opener against the Wolves 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 percent healed. With starting center Marc Gasol (foot, ankle) 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
  • Covington (ankle) confirms he'll play vs. OKC
    Robert Covington (right ankle) confirmed on Monday that he'll be ready to play in the 76ers' season opener against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm feeling pretty good [with the ankle]," said Covington. "I did a lot of stuff to stay on top of it, so I'll be ready for opening night." Covington's ankle injury was never believed to be serious, and Brett Brown also said he's expecting to have his starting small forward available when the regular-season tips. He'll be a nice source of triples and steals this season. Today, 11:24 am
  • Montrezl Harrell (personal) doesn't practice
    Montrezl Harrell (personal) was not present during Monday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what Harrell is dealing with, but he figures to split minutes with Nene as Clint Capela's backup this season, so there's no need to pay him any mind in standard leagues. Today, 11:13 am
  • Lakers waive F Anthony Brown
    The Lakers have waived F Anthony Brown.

    Advice: The Lakers roster now stands at 15, meaning that Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson made the final cut. Brown is likely bound for the D-League. Today, 11:08 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
  • C.J. Miles (knee) goes through full practice
    C.J. Miles (knee) has been a full participant during Indiana's past two practices.

    Advice: He scrimmaged with the team on Sunday, so there's a chance he's available for Indiana's regular-season opener on Wednesday vs. the Mavericks. However, as Paul George's backup, Miles offers very little fantasy value. Today, 11:01 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
  • POR picks up options on Vonleh and Napier
    Portland has exercised their fourth-year team options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier.

    Advice: Neither guy is expected to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues this season. Today, 9:18 am
  • Pacers sign F Ben Bentil
    The Pacers have signed F Ben Bentil.

    Advice: The Pacers already have 15 guaranteed contracts on the books for this upcoming season, so Bentil is likely headed to the Indiana's D-League affiliate. Today, 8:31 am
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  • Pascal Siakam could start sans Sullinger?
    Pascal Siakam will have the opportunity to start for the Raptors with Jared Sullinger (foot surgery) out indefinitely.

    Advice: Patrick Patterson will more than likely be getting the bulk of the power forward minutes, but Dwane Casey prefers to bring him off the bench, so there's a chance the rookie’s development is accelerated with the loss of Sullinger. Siakam did start in Toronto's final four preseason games, and Casey recently praised the rookie for his activity on both ends of the floor. That being said, even as a starter it'll be tough for Siakam to get enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. DeMarre Carroll and Patterson remain the primary beneficiaries sans Sullinger. Today, 8:18 am
  • Lance Stephenson makes Pelicans' 15-man squad
    Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

    Advice: Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Today, 7:51 am
  • Pelicans waive Alonzo Gee
    The Pelicans have waived Alonzo Gee.

    Advice: The final decision came down to Gee vs. Lance Stephenson, but with Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) set to begin the year on the sidelines, Stephenson's playmaking ability became a need and likely put him over the top. Gee will be paid $1.2 million to not play for New Orleans this season, but he should be able to latch on with another team. He's not a fantasy option in any scenario, though. Today, 7:47 am
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