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  • Mike D'Antoni: Sam Dekker could be SG/SF/PF
    Mike D'Antoni hasn't ruled out using Sam Dekker as a power forward.

    Advice: Dekker was used as a small forward and even shooting guard to open training camp, but the Rockets are keeping an open mind. "[Power forward] could be his best position," D'Antoni said. "We don't know yet. We're going to try them all. That will help his career if he can play two, three, four." Starting PF Ryan Anderson is only an inch taller than Dekker, who could earn a handful of minutes at the four this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 pm
  • Suns will rely less on PG-initiated offense
    The Suns' offense will rely less on Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe initiating action at the top of the key this season, according to GM Ryan McDonough.

    Advice: "I think you’ll see more of the ball with wing entry, corner entries," said McDonough. "A lot of play off the elbows with the movement off the ball, dribble handoffs, interchanges and things like that." The Suns' veteran guards have spoken about the need to "sacrifice" this season, presumably because of Devin Booker's ascendancy, and fantasy owners should pay close attention to the backcourt rotation this preseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:52 pm
  • Myles Turner (concussion) still sidelined
    Nate McMillan is hopeful that Myles Turner (concussion) will be able to attend Thursday's practice.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though Turner could participate, however, as he was still in the NBA's concussion policy as of Wednesday. He has plenty of time to recuperate and his inactivity early in camp isn't a huge problem, since McMillan has already named him the Pacers' starting center. His upside is huge and he's steadily creeping into the early-middle rounds of most 9-cat drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 pm
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  • Shabazz Muhammad to play three positions?
    Tom Thibodeau suggested that Shabazz Muhammad could earn minutes at shooting guard, small forward and power forward this season.

    Advice: "He’s a terrific athlete," Thibodeau said. "He’s strong. There’s no reason why he can’t be a great defender." Defense was Muhammad's main focus during the offseason, and he feels that he's already "gotten way smarter on defense" after a few days of training camp with Thibs. Even if Muhammad does earn minutes at multiple positions, he's a dubious standard-league asset while the Wolves are healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:49 pm
  • Gerald Green will miss time with hip issue
    Gerald Green will miss the next few days due to a hip flexor injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and there's no talk of any re-evaluation. Green is going to have a chance to step up with Evan Turner in Portland, but he will really have to play lights out in camp. For now, he's behind guys like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:59 pm
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  • Ben Simmons plays PG during scrimmage
    Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:25 pm
  • Terrence Jones can play some five
    Coach Alvin Gentry said Terrence Jones can play minutes at center.

    Advice: This is music to the ears of the TJ backers. He's been very injury prone, but his ability to space the floor and size at 6'9", 252 pounds. Plus, he is an excellent fit next to Anthony Davis. The Pelicans stole him at the minimum and he could have an impact this year. He's a very nice sleeper late in drafts, especially with talk of Davis playing more five. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:07 pm
  • Uncle P thinks he can be better
    Nick Young believes he can be better under coach Luke Walton.

    Advice: In other news, he said he wants to go by Uncle P this year. "I can still be me here a little bit and nobody here is harping on my personality no more. That’ll be all right," Young said. You might remember Byron Scott saying Young's hair looked "like a bunch of worms up there." Even with a new nickname and a new coach, he can be avoided in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:05 am
  • Marc Gasol (foot) will get precautionary DNPs
    Marc Gasol (foot) will sit out games as a precaution this season, according to coach David Fizdale.

    Advice: "There will be some games we sit him," said Fizdale. "I’m definitely going to preserve him." Fizdale also said that he will "absolutely be careful with Gasol’s minutes this season," which isn't a surprise since the Grizzlies' star center is coming back from a fractured navicular bone. If you needed a reminder of the high risk that Gasol brings as a fantasy target, this is it. Brandan Wright will likely take over at center whenever Gasol is rested, giving him sporadic DFS appeal. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:40 am
  • Brooks says Satoransky can earn mins at SF
    Scott Brooks said that in addition to earning some time at shooting guard, Tomas Satoransky will compete for minutes at small forward position as well.

    Advice: Satoransky will be fighting for reserve minutes with the likes of Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a worthwhile asset in most settings. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 am
  • Alvin Gentry not set on starting Omer Asik
    Alvin Gentry said that he's not set on starting a true center next to Anthony Davis each game this year.

    Advice: With how awful Omer Asik has been during his time in New Orleans, it's not surprising at all to hear Gentry make this sort of statement. Gentry said that he'd consider starting Davis at the five spot for certain matchups, which could result in Terrence Jones earning some extended minutes as the Pelicans' starting PF. Jones is coming off a down-year, but he offers a decent amount of upside and is worth a late-round pick on draft day. The same cannot be said for Asik, who isn't really worth drafting anywhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:05 am
  • Blake Griffin fully recovered from quad issue
    Blake Griffin has fully recovered from the quad issue that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "It just looks like a brand new tendon," Griffin said, after seeing the results with his doctor. "No tendinitis, no anything…The doctor was like, ‘This is probably as healthy as your tendon’s been since high school,’ just because of the nature of how much basketball we have to play." Doc Rivers said that Griffin "looked great" during his first full practice with the team at camp, and Griffin added that he's cleared all the mental hurdles of the recovery process. He's in a contract year and entering his prime at 27 years old, so Griffin could be in for a career-year with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:59 am
  • McRoberts dealing w/ stress reaction in foot
    Josh McRoberts revealed on Wednesday that he's dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot stemming from a fracture he sustained during Game 6 of Miami's second-round series against Toronto.

    Advice: The Heat have a massive hole to fill at the power forward position with Chris Bosh's (blood clots) tenure in Miami likely reaching its conclusion, but as per usual, the injured McRoberts won't be able to help much. Once he is healthy, he'll be competing for minutes with the likes of Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Udonis Haslem, so it'll be tough for him to see the floor enough to make a difference in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:24 am
  • Stephen Curry says he wants to be even better
    Stephen Curry said that he wants to be "better" this year than he was during the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "I want to get better. I want to be better than I was last year," said Curry. "That’s going to be the same, regardless if [Kevin Durant] was here or not." Curry had a pretty glorious season last year, taking home the fantasy crown and his second consecutive MVP trophy behind averages of 30.1 points, 5.1 triples, 6.7 assists, 5.4 boards and 2.1 steals per game on 50.4 percent shooting. Curry will likely continue his development as a player, but with the arrival of Durant, it's unlikely we'll see statistical improvement. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:28 am
  • CLE has made competitive offer to J.R. Smith
    Cavs' GM David Griffin said that the team has made an "incredibly competitive and aggressive offer" to re-sign unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.

    Advice: "As we have stated and coach has previously stated, we think very highly of J.R. and we love him as a member of our team, as a member of our locker room," Griffin said. "He was essential to our success and for that reason we have made an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer in re-signing him." Smith is seeking a multi-year deal that will pay him roughly $15 million annually, and while the two sides have not found a common ground there, they remain engaged in a dialogue. It would be surprising to see Smith leave Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 am
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  • Cameron Payne tweaks right ankle at practice
    Cameron Payne suffered a right ankle sprain during Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but it's worth pointing out that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this summer to correct the Jones fracture. We should have an update on Payne soon enough, but with a full month to go until the regular season tips, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:38 am
  • Trey Burke ready for a fresh start
    Trey Burke said he finally has an opportunity to be himself with the Wizards.

    Advice: "Last year I didn’t have the opportunity that I’ll have here. Towards the end of the year, after the deadline, they went their own route," Burke said. "I feel like I’m going to have an opportunity to be myself. I’m with an organization that will allow me to be myself. It’s a better fit for me." With John Wall (knees) limited early on in camp, Burke may have to step up and play significant minutes right out of the gate. He's got career averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.3 percent shooting, so there's not much upside here. He's just a short-term option for deep-league owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Jokic to spend a lot of time next to Nurkic?
    According to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver, Nikola Jokic spent a lot of time talking with coach Mike Malone about playing two bigs together.

    Advice: This obviously bodes well for the outlook of both Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, and Wind speculates that we could see a lot of that combination early on in the season. Kenneth Faried hasn't lived up to expectations and is a trade candidate, so the Nuggets will be very interesting to watch during the preseason. Jokic is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets after he posted averages of 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting during his rookie season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • D'Antoni: Beverley will start next to Harden
    Patrick Beverley is expected to start next to James Harden this season according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: There was some concern that Beverley might move to the bench with James Harden running the offense, but Mike D'Antoni wants his defense and 3-point shooting in the first unit. The Rockets will basically use a three-guard rotation that includes Eric Gordon, but Beverley is just a late-round target for owners in need of steals and treys. He missed some workouts earlier in the week with a cut on his foot, but he has since been cleared to return to full practice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Report: Will Barton drawing interest
    According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

    Advice: It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
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    Will Barton Den - SG,SF
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