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  • Report: No assurances Westbrook will start in LA
    Russell Westbrook has reportedly been given no assurances that he'll start with the Lakers this upcoming season.

    Advice: The Lakers' front office has also declined to say whether they intend to keep Westbrook with the team this season, which makes sense given how much of an awkward fit he's been in Los Angeles. The problem is his bloated salary of $47.1 million for the upcoming season makes it tough for teams to make the numbers work on a trade, so he could be stuck in L.A. and he might be confined to a reserve role for the first time since his rookie year. Today, 4:58 pm
  • Draymond Green doesn't expect to sign extension
    Draymond Green said he's not expecting to sign an extension with the Warriors before the 2022-23 season starts.

    Advice: "I don't think it will happen," said Green when asked about inking an extension with the Warriors. "For me, going into this season, I'm just focused on being as great as I can be." Green said earlier this summer that he wanted a max extension with the Dubs, but that would create quite a tax bill for owner, Joe Lacob. It seems unlikely that the two sides will strike a deal before the deadline, so Green could hit free agency next season if he decides to decline his player option worth $27.6 million. Today, 4:41 pm
  • Klay Thompson will be ready for season opener
    Klay Thompson said on Sunday that he's at full strength and will be ready for the Warriors' season opener on October 18. 

    Advice: After missing the two seasons prior due to ACL and Achilles tendon tears, Thompson made his return to action last season. With the injuries and the fact that he'll be 33 in February, the veteran sharpshooter augmented his offseason training regimen to ensure he'll be a full go next month. Thompson said he didn't play much 5-on-5 this summer but paid close attention to his diet while also incorporating weight training and stretching routines. Even with the concern that the Warriors will give him the occasional night off, Thompson is worth using a mid-round pick on in standard drafts. Thompson is ranked just inside of the top 75 in the staff rankings in the Rotoworld Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Kemba Walker not expected at Pistons training camp
    Kemba Walker is not expected to be at Pistons training camp when it opens on Tuesday. 

    Advice: With it being reported in early September that the Pistons still planned on buying out Walker, this news is no surprise. Detroit must waive or trade a player by October 17 to reach the league's limit on guaranteed contracts. Even if Walker finds a new team, recent knee issues make him a very difficult player to trust in fantasy. Today, 3:03 pm
  • Jordan Poole won't let contract be a distraction
    Jordan Poole said on Sunday that he will not allow discussions regarding his contract to become a distraction. 

    Advice: Poole is heading into the final year of his contract, and he's viewed as a key piece for a Warriors franchise that has to consider how its core will look as the Curry/Klay/Draymond trio advances in age. If an agreement cannot be reached by October 17, Poole will be a restricted free agent next summer. The conversations will pick up once the Warriors return from their upcoming trip to Japan for two preseason games. Poole is a top 75 player in fantasy, again excelling in the sixth man role. Today, 2:35 pm
  • Jae Crowder to sit out Suns training camp
    The Suns and Jae Crowder have decided that he will not participate in training camp as the team looks to trade him. 

    Advice: With it being reported over the summer that the Suns were shopping Crowder, it shouldn't be surprising that we've reached this point. The veteran forward tweeted on Friday that he would not be a training camp, only to delete it shortly thereafter. Crowder was a top 100 player in fantasy last season, and his pending departure opens the door for Cameron Johnson to step forward. As the Suns' sixth man, Johnson was also a top 100 player. He's an obvious late-round target in drafts, with the hope being that he'll once again provide top 100 value. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Raptors' 5th starter appears to be undecided
    Who Toronto's fifth starter will be this season appears to be undetermined, with Gary Trent Jr. and Precious Achiuwa being the most likely options. 

    Advice: While Eric Koreen of The Athletic did mention Khem Birch as a "dark horse" candidate to win the job, it appears that either GTJ or Achiuwa will receive the nod. Trent offers the most offensively, but the sixth man role may be a better fit for him, given the high usage numbers of Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes. Trent and Achiuwa have starting experience from a season ago, but the former has a lot more experience playing alongside the "core four" of VanVleet, Siakam, Barnes, and OG Anunoby. "On paper, then, it makes little sense to substitute Precious Achiuwa for Trent, the most plausible of any potential switch," Koreen wrote. "However, Achiuwa could eat up some minutes on the few threatening big men in the leagues, saving the legs (and fouls) of Siakam, Anunoby and Barnes." Trent offers more in the way of fantasy upside, making him a better option than Achiuwa regardless of Nick Nurse's decision. Today, 1:16 pm
  • Bobby Portis ready to take next step with Bucks
    During Bucks media day on Sunday, Bobby Portis said that he spent the offseason working on adjusting to teams running him off of the 3-point line, as the Celtics did in the playoffs. 

    Advice: Portis established new career-high averages in points (14.6) and rebounds (9.1) last season, providing 5th-round value in 9-cat formats and 7th-round value in 8-cat. But he was largely held in check during Milwaukee's 7-game series with the Celtics, averaging 9.9 points per game on 39.4% shooting from the field. One thing that Boston did in an attempt to neutralize Portis was run him off the 3-point line, turning him into a decision-maker instead of someone who could play off of the Bucks' stars as a catch-and-shoot option. Portis didn't reveal exactly how he improved his skill set this offseason, but the hope is that one of the results would be an improvement in his assist numbers (1.2 per game last season, which matched his career average). While he is ranked outside of the top 100 in the Rotoworld 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide, Portis' production should exceed that, even with a healthy Brook Lopez in the fold. Today, 12:13 pm
  • George Hill avoids neck surgery, almost retired
    George Hill avoided offseason neck surgery but did get two cortisone shots and rehabbed over the summer. 

    Advice: He also said he seriously contemplated retiring but decided he owes Milwaukee "a better George than last year" this season. Hill would only be worth using in fantasy if Jrue Holiday suffers an injury that would keep him out, and even then Hill may not be a great option. Today, 11:59 am