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  • Scott will trust Kobe with his own minutes?
    Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

    Advice: Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified. Today, 3:27 pm
  • Jeremy Lin will see time next to Walker
    Steve Clifford said that Jeremy Lin will see some time next to Kemba Walker in two-PG lineups this season.

    Advice: "It’s always good to have two pick-and-roll players on the floor," Clifford said. "That way you can put pressure on the defense at one side, then switch it to the other. That makes more room to play similar to how Golden State does. You’ve got Steph [Curry] on one side, so defenses have to load up there, and then you’ve got Klay Thompson on the other with room to operate." It sounds like Lin could see minutes in the 20s for the Hornets this season, but he is still unlikely to emerge as a reliable asset in standard leagues while Walker is healthy. Today, 10:43 am
  • Batum will play multiple positions in CHA
    Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense. Batum will be relatively cheap on draft day and he is an excellent bounce-back candidate, so he could be a steal in the fourth round of drafts. Today, 10:40 am
  • Jim Buss praises Jordan Clarkson
    When asked what makes up a core player, Jim Buss said that Jordan Clarkson is the perfect example.

    Advice: "I don't have a checklist, but I'd say a perfect example would be a Jordan Clarkson," Buss said. "Watching him develop into [what we hoped he would be] ... his work ethic, his style of play, his team, his personality, the way he is with teammates, what he wants in life." The Lakers are obviously thrilled with how their 2014 second-round pick has performed early on in his NBA career, and it's going to be exciting to see how well he plays alongside D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt. Clarkson won't get too many touches with Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams and Russell around, but he still has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds. Today, 9:07 am
  • Elfrid Payton working on his jump shot
    Elfrid Payton said that he has been working hard with shooting coach Dave Love this summer.

    Advice: "I think my shot will be better this year," Payton said. "Picking my spots, knowing when to take my shot. That's the biggest thing that will be better. Just having experience, understanding the game more, will help as well." Last season Payton shot just 42.5 percent from the field, 26.2 percent from 3-point range and 55.1 percent from the charity stripe, so it's great to see that he is addressing his weaknesses. His ceiling in standard leagues would rise dramatically with some improved shooting percentages, so he could potentially be a steal towards the end of the middle rounds. Today, 7:47 am
  • Olshey praises McCollum in a podcast
    Neil Olshey said "a positive" of not bringing back veterans is that it creates more opportunity for C.J. McCollum.

    Advice: When asked about his team, Olshey mentioned McCollum second almost every time behind Damian Lillard. It still isn't known whether or not McCollum is going to start, but it doesn't matter. The team is completely behind him and Olshey credited McCollum for waiting his turn to be a big-time player. You can steal him just before 100 in standard drafts right now, which may not be true for long. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Joseph Young could get minutes right away?
    President Larry Bird said he expects Joseph Young to get minutes in his rookie season.

    Advice: "Usually, you bring in rookies and you say nice things about them then they don't play for a couple years. But I expect both of these guys to play, play well," Bird said. He was a second round pick, so Bird is sugar-coating this a tad. That said, Young was spectacular in Orlando Summer League. Considering the Pacers have a very durable shooting guard in Monta Ellis, most fantasy owners can just throw Young on their watch list for now. Yesterday, 11:32 am
  • Thaddeus Young endorses Jarrett Jack
    Thaddeus Young said he is confident that Jarrett Jack will do well as the starting point guard.

    Advice: Jack has virtually no competition for the starting role, while Shane Larkin, Ryan Boatright and Donald Sloan will compete for backup PG duties. Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so that's a fair expectation with Deron Williams out of the picture. Jack isn't a household name by any means, so you should be able to grab him at the end of the middle rounds. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • LAL expecting a lot out of D'Angelo Russell
    Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA. Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic says his ankle is OK
    Bojan Bogdanovic said that his ankle is swollen and that he is receiving treatment, but he also said that he should be good in a couple of days.

    Advice: This is obviously great news and Bogdanovic should be ready to return the court in no time. The Nets have some unanswered questions at shooting guard, but Bogdanovic has an excellent chance to start and should see plenty of minutes this season. As always, we will pass along any updates on his ankle. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Faried calls Emmanuel Mudiay the starting PG
    Kenneth Faried hinted that rookie Emmanuel Mudiay will be the starting point guard this season.

    Advice: "I have high expectations for him because he’s basically going to be our starting point guard and the Nuggets have high expectations," Faried said. This isn't a surprise by any means, but Mudiay's fantasy value will be much higher if he gets the starting nod over Jameer Nelson. Mudiay might struggle shooting from the field and his turnovers could be pretty high, but he is likely going to play a lot of minutes and should be one of the first rookies off the board. Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Mario Hezonja scores 24 points vs. Bosnia
    Mario Hezonja dropped 24 points with six boards and two assists in Croatia's win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Advice: The Magic prospect looked like a stud and hit 5-of-6 shots from the the 3-point line. Confidence won't be an issue for the rookie early on, but Magic head coach Scott Skiles has a bad history of bringing rookies along slowly. Hezonja is projected to come off the bench behind Tobias Harris, but feel to give him a look at the end of your drafts. Yesterday, 6:18 am
  • Klay trying to improve his pump fake
    Klay Thompson said he is trying to improve his pump fake.

    Advice: Klay was open on 43.5 percent of his shots last season, which is down from 48.3 in 2013-14. Why? He was much better and opponents honored his shot more. If he can add a solid pump fake and build off his scoring around the rim from last year, Klay could be even better as a scorer. He's a very solid target at the end of the first round and there's no way he should slide out of the top 15 in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Rose continues to deny allegations
    Derrick Rose denied allegations that he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2013.

    Advice: "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said in a statement to USA Today. "I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent." Thursday, 5:27 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) may not play until Jan?
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.

    Advice: Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew. Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Jrue Holiday will be ready for regular season
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate.

    Advice: While it's nice to hear that Holiday is progressing, Kushner also reports that Holiday will be eased back into action and will be on a minutes restriction to start the season. The 25-year-old possesses plenty of upside, but he's also missed 90 games over the past two seasons and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners. Thursday, 9:34 am
  • Rashad Vaughn looking forward to Bucks camp
    Rashad Vaughn said he's looking forward to starting training camp with the Bucks.

    Advice: After an impressive performance during Summer League, Vaughn said he's excited to start traning camp with his new team. "I feel like we are a young team that can all come together, grow together," Vaughn said. "I am looking forward to all of us getting in the gym and starting to work." While the 17th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has potential, he's unlikely to see big minutes for the Bucks this season and can be undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:31 am
  • Darrun Hilliard ready to for first NBA action
    Darrun Hilliard said he's ready to apply lessons learned from Summer League to the NBA game.

    Advice: "I got my feet wet a little bit, what the NBA game is like, but honestly, all in all, I was a little bit disappointed," Hilliard said. "Just because I felt I could have played a little bit better, helped my team out a little bit more and help us get some wins." The 38th overall pick of the 2015 NBA shouldn't be on any fantasy radars as he may not make the Pistons final roster and will likely spend some time in the D-League. Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Brandon Jennings taking his time with rehab
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) said he's taking his time with his rehab.

    Advice: While Jennings said he'd be fine coming off the bench behind Reggie Jackson, it doesn't sound like he'll be ready to contribute right away. "Basically, I'm just taking my time," Jennings said. "I'm going to come back when I'm ready. I don't know if I'll be ready for training camp. I don't know for sure. But I'm definitely going to take my time through training camp and also through the preseason. I probably won't be back to myself until at least around December." Jennings is worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues, but owners in standard leagues should avoid him after that quote. Thursday, 7:58 am
  • Jeff Taylor finalizes deal with Real Madrid
    Jeff Taylor has finalized a deal to join Real Madrid.

    Advice: While it's unclear if he has and NBA out clause in his contract, Taylor's deal is reportedly for one-year, $900,000. The 26-year-old can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 6:45 am
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