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  • Pierre Jackson to see surgeon on Wednesday
    Pierre Jackson will have a checkup visit with the surgeon who performed his Achilles surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jackson isn't expecting any bad news, and this is just standard procedure when recovering from a torn Achilles. He's claimed that the Achilles is fine, and we'll likely get verification of that after his visit. 15 minutes ago
  • Deron Williams (calf) will not play Wednesday
    Deron Williams (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Given that Williams has a history of dealing with calf injuries, the Mavs will not put him on the court until he's 100 percent healthy. For what it's worth, the injury isn't believed to be serious, and he remains someone worth considering towards the final few rounds on draft day. 36 minutes ago
  • Russell not concerned with bruised glute
    D'Angelo Russell did not seem all that concerned when asked about his bruised glute following the Lakers' overtime loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I feel fine. I wanted to get back out there," Russell said. "But Gary Vitti and the rest of the staff said they didn’t think it would be a smart idea. I’ll just ice and take care of it the best way possible and try to get out there." Russell didn't require any X-rays, and was sitting down while talking to reporters after the game, although he did say sitting was uncomfortable. The injury may force Russell to miss some exhibition games, but he should be fine for the regular-season. Today, 7:40 am
  • Mo Williams will start at PG on Wednesday
    Mo Williams will start at point guard for the Cavs for Wednesday's preseason opener vs. Atlanta, with Kyrie Irving (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: LeBron James, J.R. Smith, James Jones and Timofey Mozgov will join Williams in the starting unit for Wednesday's exhibition. Irving's return date remains unclear, so Williams will likely be the starter in Cleveland for however long it takes Kyrie to get back on the floor, making him an alluring late-round target in deep leagues. Smith will likely assume starter duties while Iman Shumpert recovers from wrist surgery, and he too will make for a quality late-round target after putting up third-round value after the All-Star break last season. Jones is starting for Kevin Love (shoulder), but Love should be ready for the season opener, making Jones a non-option in most formats. Today, 7:32 am
  • George Hill (right ankle) says he'll be fine
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) said that he expects to be fine.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle during Tuesday's preseason game, but it doesn't sound like he's too concerned with the injury. While players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing injuries, Hill has plenty of time to get right for the regular-season. The Pacers next preseason game comes on Thursday vs. Orlando, so it'll be interesting to see if he plays in that one. Today, 7:17 am
  • Walton wants Livingston to shoot 3-pointers
    Interim head coach Luke Walton said that he would like for Shaun Livingston to develop a 3-point shot.

    Advice: "I think he needs to retrain his mind almost," Walton said. "Like when he sees that [he's naturally drifting into the paint], just to space out because we want him shooting threes, and I know he wants to do it." Of the 51 three-point attempts Livingston has taken throughout his 10-year career, only 10 have dropped in, so we wouldn't expect him to suddenly emerge as a 3-point threat. He could take some more treys, but he won't have a large enough role off the Dubs bench to be considered a viable option in most leagues. Today, 7:07 am
  • Suns waive G Deonte Burton
    The Suns have waived G Deonte Burton.

    Advice: Burton wasn't at training camp, and never really had a legitimate chance of making the team. He'll likely join up with Phoenix's D-League affiliate in Bakersfield, but there's no fantasy value to be had here. Today, 5:49 am
  • Lou Williams sees extra minutes for Lakers
    Lou Williams saw some extra minutes on Tuesday after rookie D'Angelo Russell went down with a bruised glute in the first half.

    Advice: Williams finished with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals on the night, but was just 4-of-13 from the floor and missed all five of his 3-point attempts. He did hit 12-of-12 free throws, which really helped his line, but he benefitted greatly by the fact D'Angelo Russell left in the first half with a bruised glute. Williams might be worth a late handcuff to Russell, but that's about it. Today, 12:43 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 12 for Lakers
    Jordan Clarkson started at shooting guard and hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss.

    Advice: Clarkson played pretty well tonight and should be a decent grab in the later rounds of your fantasy draft. Lou Williams and Nick Young could cut into his run some this season, but Clarkson looks like the favorite to start this year for the Lakers. Today, 12:40 am
  • Trey Burke scores 15 with 5 turnovers
    Trey Burke started at point guard and had 15 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal, three 3-pointers and five turnovers in 27 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Burke is primed for a big season with Dante Exum out for the year with a knee injury, and while he'll have his ups and downs, he should be a nice second- or third-point guard option in fantasy leagues. Today, 12:29 am
  • Alec Burks carries Jazz to preseason win
    Alec Burks played 37 minutes and hit 9-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, six dimes, three steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He hit just 8-of-14 free throws, but was instrumental in the win. He won't play this much on most preseason nights, but is worth a late fantasy pick as the starting shooting guard for the Jazz. Today, 12:27 am
  • Ramon Sessions double-doubles in win
    Ramon Sessions hit 3-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, 10 assists and a steal in 23 minutes of Tuesday's blowout preseason win over the Sixers.

    Advice: John Wall played just 20 minutes in the preseason barn buster, won by the Wiz by a score of 129-95, so Sessions was able to do as he pleased against the Sixers' porous defense. As long as Wall and Bradley Beal stay healthy, Sessions isn't going to be worth using in fantasy leagues this season. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 17 w/ 7 TOs
    Emmanuel Mudiay started at point guard for Denver on Tuesday and had 17 points, five assists, a steal and seven turnovers in 31 minutes of a win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: He hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer, but the turnovers are going to be a concern. If your league doesn't count them, Mudiay should see plenty of minutes and be an exciting rookie to own this season. But in two preseason games, he's averaging 7.5 TOs per game. Yikes. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Lawson, Beverley share time for Rockets
    Ty Lawson started at point guard on Tuesday, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals on 4-of-9 shooting in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley came off the bench and played 21 minutes for eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a 3-poitner on 2-of-6 shooting. These two are going to see some time on the court together, but for all intents and purposes, this is going to be a fantasy headache of a timeshare as long as both of them are healthy this season. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Russ Smith makes noise for Memphis
    Russ Smith came off the bench for the Grizzlies in Tuesday's preseason game and had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal on 2-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Smith, who played in 24 games last season, looked decent tonight, but it's hard to see him making a regular-season impact for the Grizzlies this year. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore struggles in start for Rose
    E'Twaun Moore started at point guard for the Bulls on Tuesday but had just five points and two assists on 1-of-8s hooting in the win.

    Advice: He played 30 minutes, but with Derrick Rose (orbital) expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, Moore is nothing more than a last-round handcuff to Rose at this point. Especially after tonight's performance. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • John Wall nearly double-doubles in p/s win
    John Wall hit just 4-of-10 shots for 10 points, nine assists, three steals, a 3-pointer and four turnovers in 20 minutes of Tuesday's blowout preseason win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Wall was outshined by both Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, and it's possible that becomes the norm this season, given Wall's struggles in the second half last season. Wall is still a top fantasy point guard, but it's possible his name is bigger than his game this season. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Canaan effective in start at PG for Sixers
    Isaiah Canaan started at point guard for the Sixers on Tuesday and had 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Tony Wroten is out indefinitely after knee surgery and Kendall Marshall is dealing with a sore knee as well, so Canaan could find himself starting all season. He's a sneak deep pick in fantasy leagues, but once his teammates are healthy, this could become an ugly timeshare. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie will start on Tuesday
    Spencer Dinwiddie will start at point guard for the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Reggie Jackson (Achilles) out for a few days, Dinwiddie will see all the minutes he can handle against the Pacers on Tuesday. Dinwiddie doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues, but he could see a value boost to start the regular season if Reggie Jackson's injury turns out to be worse than expected. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Steph Curry fouls out of preseason opener
    Stephen Curry fouled out of the Warriors' 95-87 preseason win against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Curry fouled out in 19 minutes of action and that was the only remotely interesting nugget from the Warriors' side of the box. Monday, 10:27 pm
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