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  • Langston Galloway (knee) sits out practice
    Langston Galloway (knee bone bruise) will sit out the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear when exactly Galloway injured his knee, but considering he was able to go through Tuesday morning's walkthrough, it doesn't sound like this is a major issue. In terms of fantasy hoops, Galloway will be competing for minutes in a very crowded Detroit backcourt, so he's off the radar in most formats. 28 minutes ago
  • Reggie Jackson (knee) won't take contact Tues
    Reggie Jackson (knee) will not participate in the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: To be clear, Jackson did go through Tuesday morning's practice, so this is just Stan Van Gundy following through with the protocol he outlined in early-September that would withhold Jackson from two-a-day practices. Jackson should be good to go when the 2017-18 season begins, but he'll be facing competition from both Ish Smith and Langston Galloway this season, so he's not the most attractive target in fantasy hoops. 32 minutes ago
  • Zach LaVine won't take contact until November
    Fred Hoiberg said that Zach LaVine (left knee) probably won't be cleared for contact until mid-November.

    Advice: VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson, said on Monday that it's a "safe bet" that LaVine won't be on the floor for opening night, and it's looking like he's almost guaranteed to miss at least the first month of the 2017-18 season. Once he is cleared to return, LaVine will likely be eased back into things, so he might not be going full speed until Christmas. There also could be restrictions for LaVine on back-to-back sets, so he could be a frustrating guy to own for the first half of the season. Today, 11:15 am
  • Joakim Noah eager to redeem himself
    Joakim Noah (shoulder) said he feels healthy and is eager to redeem himself this season.

    Advice: After signing a four-year, $71 million contract, Noah was a major disappointment in New York last season. He averaged just 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per contest, while shooting a horrific 43.6 percent from the free-throw stripe. Noah has been medically cleared but will miss the first 12 games of the season serving a drug suspension. Once he returns, he'll fight for minutes with three other quality centers on the Knicks roster. Noah should be avoided in standard fantasy league drafts. Today, 10:18 am
  • Dwyane Wade nearing a deal with Cleveland
    Dwyane Wade is "nearing a commitment to sign with Cleveland and could finalize a decision as soon as Wednesday," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski‏.

    Advice: The Cavs were the heavy favorites to land Wade once it was announced he had agreed to a buyout with the Bulls. He may very well be named the team's starting shooting guard, but the Cavs backcourt is now extremely crowded, with J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Iman Shumpert and Wade all competing for court time. Wade averaged 29.9 minutes per game last season, but will see his playing time significantly reduced in Cleveland. As a result, Wade's fantasy value takes a hit, making him an unappealing pick before the later rounds. Today, 9:08 am
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  • Pacers sign F Jarrod Uthoff
    The Pacers announced on Monday that they signed F Jarrod Uthoff.

    Advice: Uthoff, who was undrafted out of the University of Iowa in 2016, appeared in nine games for the Mavs last season. He was traded from Dallas to Houston this summer, and then immediately waived by the Rockets. He's unlikely to make the Pacers' final 15-man roster and should be ignored in all fantasy formats. Today, 7:50 am
  • Bembry (triceps) says he's ahead of schedule
    DeAndre Bembry (triceps) said that he is ahead of schedule and plans to return before the start of the regular season.

    Advice: The Hawks announced that Bembry would be sidelined for 4-6 weeks when strained his right triceps back on September 13th. However, Bembry proclaimed he's ahead of schedule at Media Day on Monday. "I'm feeling a lot better," Bembry said. "It's actually getting better way faster than I thought it was going to be. I'm definitely looking forward to being back before the (regular) season actually starts." Bembry will see only limited minutes off the bench when healthy and is not on the fantasy radar. Today, 7:45 am
  • Covington hoping for an extension w/ Sixers
    Robert Covington said he would prefer to sign a contract extension with the Sixers.

    Advice: Covington and the Sixers will be able to agree to an extension in November. If the two sides do not reach an agreement, RoCo will become an unrestricted free agent in July. The Sixers have plenty of young, talented players on their roster, but Covington's defensive contributions will be crucial for Philly if they are to make a run at the playoffs this season. Today, 7:35 am
  • Powell and Miles to compete for SF spot
    Coach Dwane Casey said that he has not yet decided whether C.J. Miles or Norman Powell will start at small forward.

    Advice: "I’ve talked to both C.J. and Norm. It could be either one," Casey said. He also added that "fit" would determine who starts. Regardless of who starts or comes off the bench, both players will likely split playing time fairly evenly early on. Powell started 18 games for Toronto last season and averaged 15.6 points (shooting 49.8 percent from the field, including 39.7 percent from deep), 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys in those contests. Today, 7:24 am
  • Crabbe thinks he's a 'perfect' fit with Nets
    Allen Crabbe said he believes he will be a perfect fit in the Nets uptempo offense.

    Advice: The Nets attempted 2,591 3-pointers last season, the fourth most in the league, one spot ahead of the Warriors. However, Brooklyn made just 33.8 percent of those attempts, ranking just 26th overall in terms of percentage. Enter Crabbe, who shot 44.4%, second only to Kyle Korver in the NBA. Crabbe will be encouraged to get up plenty of shots next season and is a player to target in the later rounds of fantasy drafts, especially if in need of triples. Today, 6:42 am
  • Knicks may consider trading a center
    Knicks GM Scott Perry said he might consider making a trade to clear up the team's logjam at center.

    Advice: After acquiring Enes Kanter in the Carmelo Anthony trade, the Knicks currently have four centers on their roster: Willy Hernangomez, Kyle O'Quinn, Joakim Noah and Kanter. Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season due to suspension, but once he returns, there will not be enough minutes to find playing time for all four. Perry said there would be a healthy competition in training camp to see who wins the starting job. Hernangomez is the presumed favorite to start, but his fantasy value took a hit as a result of the Kanter acquisition. Today, 6:26 am
  • McGruder had surgery for a deviated septum
    Rodney McGruder had surgery for a deviated septum over the summer.

    Advice: This is the same procedure that Andre Drummond had over the offseason, but McGruder said he's ready to roll for training camp. After starting 65 games for the Heat last season, McGruder's minutes should trend in the wrong direction with Justise Winslow back in the lineup. He's not a standard-league target. Yesterday, 5:21 pm
  • Denver in talks w/ Barton about an extension
    The Nuggets are in talks with Will Barton about a contract extension.

    Advice: Barton would likely make a lot more money if he opts for free agency in 2018 instead, so this is a bit of a surprise. Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler will start on the wings for Denver this season, but Barton should see plenty of minutes as the sixth man and is on the radar as a late-round flier after posting 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 44.3 percent shooting last season. Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Porter to play some four in Morris' absence
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Otto Porter could fill the void at power forward with Markieff Morris (hernia) sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: "Otto definitely has the ability to play four. It's such a smaller league. In the 80s or 90s, Otto at the four probably wouldn't be the decision," Brooks said. "But now with all the shooting fours in the league, I think he can play that position." Brooks also said guys like Kelly Oubre, Jason Smith and Mike Scott could see a bump in minutes as well -- Oubre is likely the other big winner here. Porter was a fantasy stud last season and is a great value in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 4:35 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) targeting February
    Jabari Parker (left knee) said that he can do "everything right now," and he plans to be back on the court by February.

    Advice: Parker is currently recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, which is the same ACL that he ruptured back in 2014. While he may be able to get back on the court sometime after the All-Star break, he'll assuredly be eased back into things by Milwaukee with back-to-back sets being out of the question. In other words, it's unlikely he'll be able to help you that much in fantasy hoops this season, so we'd recommend avoiding him in re-draft formats. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Ed Davis (shoulder) ready to go for camp
    Ed Davis (shoulder surgery) said he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp, and he wants to compete for the starting power forward position.

    Advice: Davis underwent shoulder surgery back in March, but the plan all along was for him to be cleared by training camp, and that's exactly how it has played out. With Noah Vonleh dealing with a shoulder issue of his own and expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season, the starting four-spot is up for grabs, and it looks like Davis will be competing with Al-Farouq Aminu and Caleb Swanigan for that spot over the course of training camp and the preseason. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Brook Lopez (back) may be limited at camp
    Luke Walton said that Brook Lopez (back) may be limited at the start of training camp.

    Advice: Lopez has been experiencing some back spasms over the past few days but maintains that it's "nothing serious at all," and that he's just trying to be cautious early on so it doesn't turn into a lingering issue. Lopez missed a handful of games back in 2014 due to a lower back strain, but he hasn't dealt with any back issues over the past three seasons, so we wouldn't read much into this. Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Zach LaVine (knee) won't be reader for opener
    Zach LaVine (left knee) will not be ready for opening night, according to VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson.

    Advice: The Bulls have not committed to an official timetable for LaVine's return, but considering that they're currently going through a rebuild, Chicago management will be in no rush to bring LaVine back to the court. LaVine maintains that he's "very far along" in his recovery from the ACL tear and that he'd like to get back to the court "as soon as possible," but Bulls' reporter Sean Highkin has speculated that LaVine might not take the court until December or January. With so much uncertainty here, it's tough to justify taking LaVine prior to the later rounds, despite his upside. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Rick Carlisle unsure if Seth Curry will start
    Rick Carlisle said he's not sure if Seth Curry will be a starter for the Mavs this season.

    Advice: Carlisle has essentially confirmed that Dennis Smith Jr. will start at the point with Harrison Barnes at the four-spot and Dirk Nowitzki at center, but who starts at the two and three will be worked out over the course of training camp. Curry will likely be competing with Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews for the starting two-spot, and while he should be a fixture in the rotation, he might not see the rock come his way quite as often with the Dennis Smith Jr. era underway. Yesterday, 12:21 pm
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  • Robert Covington (knee) medically cleared
    Robert Covington (right knee surgery) said he was medically cleared to play back in July and that he's been playing 5-on-5 for the past month.

    Advice: Covington underwent a procedure to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee back in April, but it sounds like he'll be 100 percent entering training camp. He'll likely start at small forward for the 76ers this season, and while he might not receive quite as many touches in the offense with the improved talent around him, he may be able to improve his field goal percentage. He should also continue to be an elite source of steals and will be well worth a mid-round pick on draft day. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Carlisle says Noel will come off the bench
    Rick Carlisle said that "there's a good chance" Nerlens Noel will begin the season coming off the bench.

    Advice: Carlisle added that he's already had this conversation with Noel and that Noel is willing to accept the bench role. Carlisle believes that the Mavs best chance of having a winning season would be to start Dirk Nowitzki at the five, but it's worth pointing out that Carlisle also said Noel would slide into the starting lineup on the nights Dirk sits and that Noel will be playing starters minutes regardless of how he enters the game. Yesterday, 11:18 am
  • Solomon Hill (hamstring) targeting February
    Solomon Hill (torn hamstring) could be back on the court as soon as February according to Pelicans GM Dell Demps.

    Advice: Hill wasn't a fantasy target before the injury, so he's safe to cross off draft boards since we won't see him until the All-Star break at the earliest. In Hill's absence, the Pelicans will likely use a committee to soak up his minutes that could include E'Twaun Moore, Tony Allen, Darius Miller and Jordan Crawford. Yesterday, 10:41 am
  • Carter-Williams not cleared for contact yet
    Michael Carter-Williams (knee) has not been cleared for contact yet.

    Advice: MCW will be limited to non-contact drills when training camp opens on Tuesday and his status for the opener is up in the air. Third-string PG Julyan Stone is battling a groin injury, so this will give the Hornets a chance to give Malik Monk a look at PG. Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • Beno Udrih joins Pistons for camp
    Beno Udrih is on the Pistons' training camp roster.

    Advice: He's far from a lock to make the team with Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith and Langston Galloway all ahead of him on the point guard depth chart. The 35-year-old guard will have no fantasy value if he sticks around past camp. Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) ready to go
    Bucks GM Jon Horst said there's no concern about Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee.

    Advice: He admitted that there was an issue earlier in the offseason (the reason he didn't play for Greece), but added that he's fine now. Coach Jason Kidd also said that Antetokounmpo will be a full go in training camp. Still only 22, Giannis is a candidate to go No. 1 in a lot of fantasy drafts with the knee concerns behind him and should make a serious push for the MVP Award this season. Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • Embiid: 'I don't think I'll play 82 games'
    Joel Embiid (knee) said he doesn't think he will play in all 82 games this season.

    Advice: Not that this is a surprise, but at least he's honest and realistic after saying he will play in all 82 earlier in the offseason. As for his knee, Embiid said he's had several scans and that everything looks "perfect." He's still not cleared for 5-on-5, but he chalked it up to the 76ers being cautious and said he could if needed. The good news is that he confirmed he's expecting to be ready for opening night. Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Raptors undecided on starting small forward
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said the starting small forward position is still up in the air.

    Advice: The position battle is between C.J. Miles and Norman Powell with OG Anunoby (knee) limited early on. Powell has the higher upside, but Miles will provide some value as a 3-point specialist if he wins the starting role after hitting 2.2 triples per game in three straight seasons. Yesterday, 8:09 am
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    C.J. Miles Tor - SG,SF
  • Embiid (knee) 'on course' for regular season
    The 76ers believe that Joel Embiid (knee) is "on course" for the regular season.

    Advice: We still have to pump the brakes a bit here, as Embiid still isn't cleared for 5-on-5 with training camp starting up on Tuesday. 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo said Embiid is "doing well" in his rehab and expects him to participate in on-court drills during camp. If he's cleared for the regular season, it's probably safe to expect some type of restrictions early on. If you draft The Process, handcuffing him with Richaun Holmes makes a ton of sense. Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Report: Cavs remain the frontrunner for Wade
    TNT reporter David Aldridge said there is a "strong belief" that the Cavaliers are still the frontrunner to sign Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: Wade is also expected to talk with the Heat, Spurs and Thunder, but this should be a relatively quick process with training camps starting this week. Wade's arrival in Cleveland would take minutes away from J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert, and he could also run some offense with Isaiah Thomas (hip) opening the season on the sidelines. He's still just a late-round pick in fantasy at this point in his career. Yesterday, 6:28 am
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  • Dwyane Wade, Bulls reach contract buyout
    Dwyane Wade and the Bulls have agreed to a contract buyout.

    Advice: Wade was owed $23.8 million but he'll leave approximately $8 million on the table in the buyout, which allows him to sign elsewhere as a free agent. With training camps imminent it shouldn't take long for Wade to strike a new deal -- Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs are the "clear frontrunner," but the Spurs, Heat and Thunder are also mentioned as possibilities. Sunday, 6:37 pm
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  • Joakim Noah (shoulder) cleared by doctors
    Knicks president Steve Mills said that Joakim Noah (shoulder) has been medically cleared to play.

    Advice: Noah had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder last April and was initially projected to be sidelined for 4-6 months. Now that he has been cleared by doctors, he can begin serving the remaining 12 games of his 20-game suspension at the start of the season. The first game he'll be eligible to appear in will be on November 13th vs. the Cavs. Noah's potential playing time at that point will depend partly on how well Willy Hernangomez fairs as the team's starting center. Friday, 9:01 am
  • Bulls open to Dwyane Wade buyout
    Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said the team is open to a buyout for Dwyane Wade only if it's "advantageous" for the franchise.

    Advice: This means Wade would have to give up a significant portion of his $23.8 million salary if he wants to leave. The Bulls haven't talked to Wade directly about a buyout, but they've "had dialogue with Wade’s representatives." The Bulls are expected to be one of the worst teams in the league and the 35-year-old Wade doesn't want to throw a whole season away, so it seems more likely than not that he will be bought out. If not, expect them to shop Wade aggressively before the February deadline. Thursday, 8:50 am
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  • Reggie Jackson says he's had no setbacks
    Reggie Jackson said he's had no setbacks with his left knee this summer.

    Advice: "With my knee, I’m feeling good. With the health of it, I’m feeling great," he said. "I just got to do the best I can to take care of it. The team is doing a great job of monitoring it. I’ve had no setbacks. I’m on pace, which is to be ready by training camp." Jackson has a chronic case of tendinitis in his knee and has had two platelet-rich plasma injections in his career, so this is something the Pistons may have to monitor for the foreseeable future -- they are already planning to limit him to one practice a day at training camp. Thursday, 6:21 am
  • Beno Udrih working out on Wednesday
    Unrestricted free agent Beno Udrih (knee) worked out at the Pistons practice facility on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is fully recovered from his knee injury and should be ready for training camp. Udrih reportedly would like to play for a few more years, but most teams may not want to sign the 35-year-old guard. Wednesday, 1:15 pm
  • Brown says Covington will remain a starter
    Brett Brown said he sees Robert Covington "starting and ending" games for the 76ers this season.

    Advice: The 76ers will likely be rolling out a starting five of Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (knee) when the 2017-18 season begins, with Dario Saric being used in a sixth man type role. Covington should be able to score at a more efficient rate this season with the improved offense around him, and it sounds like he'll still be a significant part of the rotation, so he could turn out to be one of the better value picks towards the middle rounds on draft day. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Joel Embiid still not cleared for 5-on-5 work
    Joel Embiid (knee) has yet to go through any 5-on-5 work and head coach Brett Brown said he's not sure what Embiid will be able to do when training camp opens up next week.

    Advice: 76ers' GM Bryan Colangelo made it clear that Embiid has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from the arthroscopic procedure that he underwent on his left knee back in March, but it's a bit strange that Embiid has still not been cleared for contact a full six months removed from what is traditionally just a 4-6 week recovery period. Colangelo also said it's too early to tell when Embiid will be able to scrimmage, so it sounds like he'll be entering camp at less than 100 percent, and there's a chance he might not be ready for the preseason. Wednesday, 10:38 am
  • Reggie Jackson feeling like his old self
    Reggie Jackson (left) said he feels like he's getting his explosion back and is "pain-free" after taking it easy and rehabbing this offseason.

    Advice: "No red flags," Jackson said. "I’ve done quite a bit of testing. The team has the results. The numbers, from what I know, they look good. It’s just about maintaining and building that strength." Jackson was barred from participating in full-contact, full-court work this summer in order to give his troublesome left knee some extended rest, and Stan Van Gundy has acknowledged that while he'll be cleared for camp, Jackson will likely be sitting out the two-a-day workouts. R-Jax doesn't offer a ton of upside, so he won't be worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Wednesday, 7:54 am
  • Carter-Williams (knee) already practicing
    Michael Carter-Williams (knee) has already resumed practicing according to Spencer Percy of Queen City Hoops.

    Advice: According to the report, MCW had stem-cell therapy on both knees in early-September. It's obviously a great sign that he's back on the court, but Percy adds that the PG's status for opening night is up in the air. MCW will likely be second on the depth chart once healthy, but his potential absence would open the door for Malik Monk and Julyan Stone to get some extra run. Sep 17, 6:45 am
  • Report: Wade hoping Bulls offer buyout
    According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Dwyane Wade is hoping the Bulls approach him with a reasonable buyout offer.

    Advice: It's no secret that the 35-year old Wade wants to leave the rebuilding Bulls for a team capable of competing for a championship. However, Chicago has let it be known they will only agree to a buyout if it is "advantageous for the organization." One primary reason the Bulls would want to hold onto Wade, even if he's unhappy, is that his large, expiring contract could be a valuable trade chip at the deadline in February. Sep 16, 6:19 am
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