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  • Olynyk (shoulder) targeting mid-November
    Danny Ainge said that the Celtics are hopeful that Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) will be able to return to the court by mid-November.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown and Jonas Jerebko will likely pick up most of Olynyk's minutes, with Jae Crowder earning some extended run at the four-spot. Olynyk is not worth drafting anywhere. 55 minutes ago
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) questionable for opener
    Danny Ainge said that it's unclear if Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) will be ready for Boston's regular season opener against the Nets on October 26.

    Advice: "Obviously we’ll be very careful with him," Ainge said. "The next few days we’ll have a better indication on Marcus’ ankle and how much it swells. It didn’t seem to be a terrible one, and yet he was in some pain so it is a little bit concerning." Smart was spotted leaving the TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and Boston beat reporters have speculated that he's looking at a two-week absence, so it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by opening night. Terry Rozier will benefit most in Smart's absence, while Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas will log extended minutes. Today, 1:35 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (hip) practices Thursday
    Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) went through a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Muhammad is going to be re-evaluated again following Friday morning's shootaround, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for tomorrow's preseason finale against the Hornets. It's going to be difficult for Muhammad to make a difference in most fantasy leagues while the Timberwolves are at full strength. Today, 1:00 pm
  • Wiggins, Muhammad practice on Thursday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) went through a full practice on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to consider both guys questionable for the preseason finale against Charlotte on Friday, but neither guy is dealing with anything that should linger into the regular season. Wiggins should be able to take another step forward under Tom Thibodeau, so he's a decent guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Phoenix
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Calderon is perpetually injured and not worth drafting in any setting. Today, 12:51 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) limited to shooting Thurs
    Alex Abrines (hip) was limited to some light shooting during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Abrines' hip injury doesn't sound all that serious, so he should be good to go once the regular season tips. However, he's not going to have a large enough role in the rotation to command fantasy value in any setting. Today, 12:18 pm
  • Warriors waive Phil Pressey
    The Warriors have waived Phil Pressey.

    Advice: He failed to impress at camp and will now likely head back to the D-League. Today, 11:58 am
  • Warriors waive G Cameron Jones
    The Warriors have waived G Cameron Jones.

    Advice: With Shaun Livingston, Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark already on the roster, the Dubs just had no need to for another guard. Today, 11:57 am
  • Cavs waive Markel Brown
    The Cavs have waived Markel Brown.

    Advice: The Cavs are looking for a backup playmaking point guard, which is not Brown's skill set. He may be able to latch on with another team, but it's unlikely Brown will find himself in a situation where he'll have fantasy value in any setting. Today, 11:42 am
  • Cavs waive F Cory Jefferson
    The Cavs have waived F Cory Jefferson.

    Advice: He was brought to Cleveland on a non-guaranteed training camp deal, but never had a realistic shot of making the opening night roster. Today, 11:41 am
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) doesn't practice Thursday
    Kyrie Irving (left calf tightness) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cavs maintain that Irving is fine, but with the regular-season just five days away, they're going to be extremely cautious with their star guard. Additionally, the Cavs are reportedly looking to add another backup point guard to the roster via trade, because they'd like to keep Irving's minutes "relatively low" during the regular-season and they don't believe Kay Felder is ready to handle major minutes at the NBA level. Mo Williams and Jordan McRae are the most likely to be traded. Today, 11:39 am
  • Quincy Acy (foot) ruled out for Friday
    Quincy Acy (right foot sprain) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Today, 11:20 am
  • Jahlil Okafor doubtful for Friday vs Miami
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful for Friday's game against Miami.

    Advice: Okafor still thinks he'll be able to play when the regular season begins, but Okafor continues to be listed as doubtful for Friday's preseason game agains the Heat. Okafor is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and is likely to see his minutes restricted to start the season, so he is only worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Today, 9:47 am
  • Joel Embiid targeting 18-20 minutes on Friday
    Joel Embiid will play 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Embiid did individual work at practice on Friday and will again target 20 minutes on Friday. Embiid will have his minutes restricted to open the season, but he's worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his upside. Today, 9:36 am
  • Luke Babbitt won't play vs Hornets on Thurs
    Luke Babbitt (groin) won't play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Babbitt's injury isn't believe to be serious, so he should be ready for the start of the regular season. While Babbitt should see plenty of minutes this season, he doesn't have much fantasy value outside of deeper fantasy leagues. Today, 9:32 am
  • Kemba Walker misses shootaround on Thursday
    Kemba Walker (knee) missed shootaround on Thursday, according to head coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Walker will have his knee examined on Thursday, but it is just a routine checkup according to Clifford. While this doesn't sound like anything serious, we'll keep an eye on news coming out of Walker's checkup. Coming off a career-best season, Walker remains a solid target in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Today, 8:47 am
  • Jordan Clarkson starts, plays 22 minutes
    Jordan Clarkson started at SG on Wednesday and had 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Luke Walton hasn't quite settled on a starting lineup, but it's worth noting that Clarkson recently embraced the notion of being a sixth-man. "It’s cool, I like playing with the second unit," he said. "Try to bring energy into the game, I feel like it’s good for me." No matter where he begins games, Clarkson will be a great source of scoring, 3-pointers and steals, at a minimum. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Kevin Durant racks up 27/6/4 in 31 minutes
    Kevin Durant finished Wednesday's victory with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: This marks a preseason high for Durant in scoring and free throws made (7-of-7), but it's also the first time that he's logged more than 26 minutes. He's yet to miss from the line in 26 attempts and he's a combined 14-of-26 from downtown this preseason, the type of efficiency you'd expect from a former MVP. A dip in usage and shot attempts is probable, but concerns about his ability to share the court with the Warriors' incumbent scorers are overblown. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia subtly effective in 22 minutes
    Zaza Pachulia logged 22 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, posting four points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Pachulia's subtle contributions will be under the microscope in Golden State, but he's ideally positioned as a low-usage, play-making big man who doesn't need to log more than 25 minutes per game. His real-world impact exceeds his fantasy appeal, however, and most owners should avoid him on draft day. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) questionable for opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is questionable for Utah's season opener on Oct. 25, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Jones wrote that he's "hearing [Favors] will be back for opener," but he also warned, "won't know his status until close to Tuesday ... he needs to practice first." There are obviously no guarantees that Favors won't begin the season with a DNP, but this is at least an optimistic tidbit for worried fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
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