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  • Jerian Grant could start in preseason?
    Jerian Grant could start in the preseason.

    Advice: It's just to take a look to see how he does with the starters. Coach Derek Fisher has said he wants to start Jose Calderon in the regular season, but maybe Grant gets a start next to him. He's only worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues. Also, he's been a lot of fun to watch. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Dwayne Wade not playing on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade (rest) will not play against the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's healthy and looked great on Monday. Wade could be a value pick in the middle rounds, but resting during the regular season will annoy his prospective fantasy owners. Plus, his knees are troublesome these days. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Austin Rivers back at practice
    Austin Rivers (mouth) was back at practice on Monday.

    Advice: He missed Saturday due to losing five teeth. Rivers will come off the bench and won't have much value while the Clippers are healthy. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Chris Paul (finger) goes full speed at practice
    Chris Paul (finger) went full speed at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Great news. Paul is expected to play on Wednesday after suffering a small fracture to his finger on Saturday. Paul is worth a pick in the first half of the first round for his terrific assist:turnover ratio. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Alec Burks gets aggressive, scores 19 points
    Alec Burks looked like he was totally back against the Blazers on Monday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is really attacking this month and a whopping 52.6 percent of his shots have come at the rim. He's also been terrific on his non-restricted twos and has 3.5 dimes per game. Burks could easily have an eye-catching season and is a nice late-round target. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 21 points in 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins made two 3-pointers on his way to 21 points against the Raptors on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's 3-of-4 from downtown in the preseason, so that's nice to see after making just 31.0 percent last year. If Wiggins can consistently knock down treys, it would really help his fantasy value. Still, he's likely going to be overdrafted in re-draft leagues because people get caught up in scoring. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Terrence Ross hurts his ankle
    Terrence Ross has a sore ankle and will be reevaluated on Tuesday.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity or even which ankle it is yet. Ross had surgery on his left ankle, so hopefully it isn't related. His fantasy value is lower than ever with DeMarre Carroll around. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Less Is More: Kyle Lowry explodes for 40
    Kyle Lowry put on a clinic against the Wolves on Monday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 40 points with three rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. Lowry lost a lot of weight this summer and it's helped him transform his game. Coach Dwane Casey said that Lowry will play off the ball more, which would be a positive based on his six treys tonight. Also, maybe the weight loss will help with his health. He's worth a look at the turn of the second and third rounds. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Derrick Rose's eye is still swollen
    Derrick Rose's eye was still swollen on Monday.

    Advice: He is just not a fast healer and never has been. Rose certainly isn't Mr. Glass or anything as much as he was earlier in his career, but he is not going to hit his target date this week. He should be considered probable for the opener. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Norris Cole suffers left high-ankle sprain
    Norris Cole suffered a high left ankle sprain on Monday and is out indefinitely.

    Advice: Not good and he could miss up to six weeks. The Pelicans want to give Jrue Holiday a minutes restriction, so they would have had to play Cole noteworthy minutes. If he can't get ready for the opener we should see a ton of Tyreke Evans at the one and they will also certainly look to sign someone. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Ronnie Price fine with being third PG
    Ronnie Price said he's "totally fine" with being the third point guard.

    Advice: With the Suns starting two point guards, Price could wind up getting decent minutes this season. He's looked great and has a nice rapport with his teammates in the up-tempo offense, but he's still not worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Lakers to remain cautious with Huertas' hammy
    The Lakers will remain "very cautious" with Marcelo Huertas' hamstring injury.

    Advice: Although Huertas said he was "pretty close" to returning, he really doesn't have to show anything in the preseason to earn his spot on the team. The coaches and organization are familiar with him from his international play, so while he should make the club, he's not going to be relevant in fantasy circles with Los Angeles' youth in the backcourt. Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Joseph Young stakes claim to No. 2 PG job
    Frank Vogel called rookie Joseph Young his backup point guard.

    Advice: Not Rodney Stuckey, not Toney Douglas but instead the second-round pick in Young. Clearly making an impression on the organization, Young is set to earn a role immediately during his rookie season. He's looked great in the preseason, and if George Hill and/or Monta Ellis were forced to miss any extended time, Young would become a very interesting option in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:43 am
  • Dudley (back) does individual drills Monday
    Jared Dudley (back) participated in individual drills during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Dudley had offseason back surgery, and he's just now preparing to return to full-contact practice with two weeks to go until the regular season. While the veteran is targeting the season opener, he may have to wait just a little longer depending on how his body responds to increased activity over the next couple of weeks. Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) still out on Monday
    Alan Anderson (left ankle) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: After having offseason surgery in order to address the issue, Anderson still does not have a timetable to return to the floor. Once he is finally cleared to return, Washington will bring him along very slowly, and his projected role for the Wizards doesn't warrant enough upside to roster him in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Update: Afflalo will not play on Monday night
    Updating a previous item, Arron Afflalo (left hamstring) will not play on Monday against the Sixers.

    Advice: Afflalo, who is doubtful to play at all this week, will certainly be out on Monday. Unless the veteran shooting guard can get back on the floor within the next 7-10 days, his availability for opening night will become a major question mark. For now, Sasha Vujacic is likely to draw the start whenever Afflalo sits. The Knicks play again on Friday (Boston) and Saturday (Charlotte) this week. Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Evan Fournier rips into Magic on Sunday
    Evan Fournier criticized his team after Sunday's preseason win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "We came out super flat, with no energy, soft," he said. We've just got to play harder than that, just being more focused and mentally ready." Fournier finished with 19 points (including four triples) with five boards, four dimes, three triples and a steal in 27 minutes, so while it's worth nothing Elfrid Payton (hamstring) was out of the lineup, Fournier certainly did his job. Even if Fournier earns a reserve role, his fantasy upside is pretty capped unless there's an injury in the starting backcourt. Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Report: Wizards hoping to wait on Beal deal
    The Wizards are hoping to wait on a Bradley Beal extension until the 2016 offseason, according to ESPN.

    Advice: The delay could allow Washington to have right around $10 million in additional cap space to make a run at Kevin Durant during the 2016 offseason. Yes, we are already talking about this before the regular season begins, and everyone should get used to it since this isn't a topic that's going away. As for Beal, the Wizards would probably also prefer to see him to stay on the floor a little more than he has before maxing him out on a new deal. Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • D'Angelo Russell hands out 11 assists in win
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) returned from a one-game absence on Sunday, handing out 11 assists in a preseason win over Maccabi Haifa of Israel.

    Advice: Russell added one 3-pointer, three rebounds, and two turnovers to tonight's stat line, but before getting too excited, realize that the opposition boasted of exactly zero players with NBA experience. The No. 2 overall pick of the 2015 draft has a steep learning curve ahead of him, and he will very likely struggle with efficiency and turnovers as he gets acclimated to playing at the NBA-level. In standard re-draft formats, it’s tough to justify taking Russell before the final few rounds on draft day. Sunday, 10:19 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores 20 points in 22 minutes
    Corey Brewer had a solid outing for the Rockets on Sunday, scoring 20 points (5-of-9 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with three rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and two turnovers in just 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: Brewer got some extended run tonight with James Harden taking an early seat on the sidelines due to a minor knee injury, and he also had the benefit of going up against a young Orlando team that wasn't very interested in playing defense. He is capable of the occasional outburst, but he doesn't do it enough on a consistent basis to warrant the attention of owners in standard leagues. Brewer is better served as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Sunday, 9:45 pm
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