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  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) scrimmaging
    Kristaps Porzingis (left ACL) scrimmaged "full strength" with teammates during voluntary workouts in Miami last week.

    Advice: Porzingis was practicing 5-on-5 back in March, so this isn't surprising, but it's still good to hear he's on the court without obvious limitations. "[Porzingis] is very good," said teammate Dwight Powell, when explaining his impression of KP. "He’s 7-foot-3 and he shoots it from anywhere, with ease. It’s kind of hard to affect that shot. He’s moving well, he’s at full-strength." The Mavs will be very cautious with their prized big man, of course, so he remains a high-risk, high-reward target on draft day. Sunday, 6:26 pm
  • Justise Winslow expects to play point guard
    Justise Winslow said the plan is for him to play predominantly at point guard next season.

    Advice: Winslow had a career-year while acting as the de facto point guard last season with Goran Dragic hurt for most of the season, but it's worth noting that Pat Riley said in June that Dragic would remain Miami's starting PG and head coach Erik Spoelstra has been reluctant to call Winslow his starting point guard this summer. It sounds like he may be destined for a bench role as long as Dragic is healthy, which obviously will limit his upside. Sunday, 11:09 am
  • Williamson eager to play in an uptempo system
    Zion Williamson is excited to play in Alvin Gentry's up-tempo offense this upcoming season.

    Advice: "The Pelicans keep up the pace constantly, just the way I like it," said Williamson. "I am already working with members of the technical staff and the idea of running is emphasized in each exercise." Williamson put in averages of 22.6 points, 8.9 boards, 2.1 dimes, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game with Duke, but they played at a 1.87 possessions per minute pace. However, the Pelicans averaged a 2.17 possessions per minute pace last year, which will translate to more opportunity and fantasy goodness for 2019's No. 1 overall selection. Sunday, 8:17 am
  • Coach Jenkins wants Grizzlies to play fast
    New Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins told the team's website that he wants to bring a new style of basketball to Memphis.

    Advice: "We’re going to play fast. Pace and space," Jenkins said. "Hopefully, put a lot of points on the board. Some people only focus on the offensive end of the floor, but we want to be a great defensive unit, too. From an Xs and Os standpoint, hopefully you’ll see we’re going to be a high-energy basketball team. It’s a change of style, but hopefully we generate some excitement in the crowd." This will be a big change from the "Grit and Grind" era of basketball in Memphis where they routinely ranked towards the bottom of the league in pace, including dead last a year ago. Equipped with young talent like Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant, it's clear that Jenkins wants to embrace the new NBA, which will be great for everyone's fantasy value. Arrows up all around. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Bucks to offer Giannis a supermax extension
    Bucks general manager Jon Horst was asked about the long-term contract situation of their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, at a recent fan town hall event.

    Advice: Horst mentioned that they can't negotiate right now, but the team will definitely be offering Giannis a supermax extension next summer when he becomes eligible. Sometimes the supermax can scare teams off, but this is a no-brainer for the reigning MVP and the Bucks. They will be looking to keep Giannis in Milwaukee for a long, long time. Saturday, 2:22 pm

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Darius Miller NO - SG,SFRuptured Achilles tendonINJAug 29, 2019
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