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  • Hoiberg says PF position an open competition
    Fred Hoiberg said that the starting power forward position in Chicago is an "open competition."

    Advice: Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis all spent time running with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so this is likely an issue that won't be resolved until we're much closer to the regular season. Mirotic should have a bit of an edge given that his ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shot will give the Bulls some much needed spacing, so he makes for the most attractive late-middle round target out of the group. Additionally, Mirotic is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Spain's bonze medal game at the Olympics. Rotoworld.com 28 minutes ago
  • Suns haven't talked extension with Alex Len
    Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the team has yet to discuss a contract extension with Alex Len's agents.

    Advice: Len will become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season if an extension isn't reached before October 31, but that doesn't mean the Suns aren't interested in keep the big man around. "We want to see how it goes in training camp and preseason and then we’ll revisit it as a staff probably the last week or last 10 days of October," McDonough said. Still just 23 years old, Len should be able to take another step in his development this season and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy league drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 am
  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:59 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis improved ball handling
    Kristaps Porzingis said he's feeling more comfortable with his improved ball handling skills.

    Advice: "My ballhandling is better now," said Porzingis. "I just feel comfortable with the ball now. So you’re going to see some new stuff this season. You’re going to see some new stuff and hopefully some more put-back dunks." After a breakout rookie season, the 21-year-old will look to expand his game in 2016-17 and will be a solid early-round pick in standard league fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:11 am
  • Boogie Cousins to play more like Marc Gasol?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he could play in a role similar to Marc Gasol.

    Advice: Obviously, coach Dave Joerger coming over from Memphis has something to do with this comment. Boogie led the NBA in usage rate at a whopping 35.2 last season. Marc Gasol's career-high usage rate is just 24.6, so Cousins would see a decrease in ended possessions with a role like Gasol. Additionally, this could mean Cousins doesn't get as many treys and he could average over 4.0 dimes per game for the first time in his career. Cousins is worth a look at the turn of the first and second rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Meyers Leonard cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

    Advice: He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Monroe says coming off bench is news to him
    Greg Monroe said on Monday coming off the bench is news to him.

    Advice: Earlier today, coach Jason Kidd said Monroe will be going into training camp in the second unit. With all the talk of Monroe being on the block this summer, things could go south quickly for the Bucks big man. Monroe was really effective off the bench last year, so the news of him coming off the bench isn't really a fantasy downgrade. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • Serge Ibaka wants to be in Orlando forever
    Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

    Advice: General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • McMillan: Paul George is a 'versatile SF'
    Paul George said he's willing to play some minutes as a power forward, but coach Nate McMillan referred to him as a "versatile [small forward]."

    Advice: The Pacers tried to start George at PF last season but he was vocal about his desire to remain a SF. The addition of Thaddeus Young this offseason means that George can stick to his favored position more often, and a faster-paced offense should result in another elite campaign for the 26-year-old All-Star. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Lavoy Allen has to earn some minutes
    Coach Nate McMillan said Lavoy Allen is "going to have to make me play him with what he does on the floor."

    Advice: Allen previously said he's hoping for a double-double average, so that seems just a little unlikely. With Myles Turner locked in to bigger minutes, Al Jefferson backing him up, and C.J. Miles slated to play more four, there's not much here for Allen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he grew an inch, up to 250
    Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin, Chris Paul both 100 percent
    Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) both said on Monday that they are 100 percent.

    Advice: This means the Clippers will open training camp at full strength. Griffin spent most of the summer rehabbing, and while his recovery was abnormally long, hopefully the quad issue is in the rearview mirror. He's entering a contract year and the trade rumors have been buzzing, so his price in fantasy drafts has noticeably dropped. It will be interesting to see how he holds up during the preseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Bigger Boss Man: Ed Davis up to 245 pounds
    Ed Davis said he's up about 15-20 pounds from last year.

    Advice: The Boss sounds like he's going to play just center minutes. Coach Terry Stotts used him at power forward in matchup against bigger teams, but now it might be tougher for him to get minutes with Evan Turner around and Al-Farouq Aminu likely to play more four. Davis is only a pick in the late rounds of deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) without a timetable
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) doesn't have a set timetable to return according to Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.

    Advice: "He's progressing," Wallace said. "He had a good offseason. I just saw him in the weight room doing some things. He's back on a limited basis now; not totally fully cleared but has been progressing well." Wallace added that it's still unclear if Parsons will be ready for opening night. The versatile forward will be limited to non-contact drills early in camp, and he will continue to be reevaluated on a weekly basis. His upside is very real, but so are the durability concerns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
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  • Patrick Patterson to be sixth man for Raptors
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey views Patrick Patterson as the team's "sixth starter."

    Advice: Patterson did add he doesn't have a preference as a starter or bench guy, but he wants a big role. Jared Sullinger will get the first shot at the starting PF role, but it obviously sounds like Patterson will comfortably see minutes in the 20s. Patterson is playing for a new deal, but he's not a great fantasy target after averaging 6.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 treys in 25.6 minutes per game last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Malone won't reveal starting power forward
    Coach Mike Malone said he won't reveal his starting power forward for the season opener.

    Advice: He did say he knows the answer here, but he's going to keep it in house. Malone added he wants a lot of competition for that spot. Back in August, Malone said there is a "good chance" Kenneth Faried starts, so he's a heavy favorite. Nikola Jokic is fully expected to start at center, but the Nuggets could additionally use him as a non-starting power forward next to Jusuf Nurkic depending on game flow and matchups. Faried is more of a later-round pick these days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 am
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 am
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  • Drummond using virtual reality to improve FTs
    Andre Drummond said he is using virtual reality to improve his free throw percentage.

    Advice: You can't make this stuff up. Drummond said that he puts on a headset and watches himself making free throws at various angles. "They’re all makes, obviously, so it’s constantly watching myself shoot the same shot, over and over again, and now while I’m out there it’s second nature," he said. Drummond shot 35.5 percent from the line last season, so it's encouraging to see him so devoted to improve despite signing a max deal over the summer. His free throw shooting is the only thing holding him back from being an elite standard-league asset. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Jeremy Evans won't be ready for opener
    Jeremy Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and may not be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he may use a nine-man rotation this season, so Evans isn't looking at minutes anyways. Ignore him in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:51 am
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  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 am
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