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  • Kyrie Irving won't have minutes restrictions
    Kyrie Irving (knee) won't be under any minutes restrictions when the regular season begins according to TNT Analyst David Aldridge.

    Advice: Irving has been cleared for basketball activities since July and this comes on the heels of Danny Ainge's comments that Irving will be ready to go at "full speed" in training camp. Irving was the 14th best player in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis last season, but his durability issues are a red flag. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) will be limited at camp
    Lakers coach Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball (knee) won’t be ready for 5-on-5 scrimmages when training camp starts next week.

    Advice: Ball has gone through some 1-on-1 drills, but Walton said the Lakers won’t "rush him back at all." He had the injured portion of his left meniscus removed during his July surgery and was expected to be 100 percent for camp, so this obviously isn't ideal with the season less than a month away. He's shaping up to be a risk vs. reward player in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn may not be in rotation?
    Pacers President Kevin Pritchard hinted that Kyle O'Quinn might not be in the rotation.

    Advice: Here's what Pritchard said to KOQ during his recruiting pitch: "We don't know if you're going to play a minute or 500 minutes, but there's a role that Al Jefferson held last year that was a tremendous role for us that's so important." Big Al played 13.4 minutes across 36 appaerances last season, so if that's what they're envisioning for KOQ then his fantasy value will be non-existent. On the other hand, this is great news for Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Nets unlikely to give Russell an extension?
    Despite a "fantastic offseason," GM Sean Marks said it's unlikely that the Nets will agree to an extension with D'Angelo Russell before the Oct. 15 deadline.

    Advice: "If I was to say right now, I’d probably say we’ll let it ride out. But things change in this business pretty quickly, so we’ll adjust as we go," Marks said. This isn't a big surprise with the Nets trying to keep their flexibility for free agency in 2019. Russell is healthy, motivated and the coaching staff and his teammates have been talking him up all summer, but as talented as he is, inefficiency and durability concerns makes him one of the most polarizing fantasy assets. Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Musa's injury not believed to be serious
    Dzanan Musa's right ankle injury isn't believed to be serious.

    Advice: "Dzanan is currently getting an MRI," Nets GM Sean Marks said. "It’s to be determined. It’s not as serious as was posted out there, thankfully. All is well there." Marks went on to say that Musa would be cleared in time for training camp, and while the Nets have a lot of depth on the wings, Musa's multiple-position flexibility could help him carve out a role -- he even played some point guard for Bosnia this summer. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Rick Carlisle 'counting on' Dennis Smith Jr.
    Rick Carlisle said that Dennis Smith Jr. is a guy he'll be "counting on" to step up this season.

    Advice: "It’s a big year for him," said Carlisle of DSJ. "He had a very good statistical year last year and he’s a guy that we’re counting on." Smith Jr. put in averages of 15.2 points, 3.8 boards, 5.2 dimes, 1.0 steal and 1.5 triples per contest last season, but his 39.5% shooting mark really weighed down his value. If he could improve the efficiency, that would be a dramatic boon to his value. He's on the radar as a late-round, sleeper pick. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Evan Fournier (knee) good to go for camp
    Evan Fournier has fully recovered from his March knee sprain and will not have any limitations at training camp.

    Advice: Fournier looked fine at the Africa Games, and he'll enter the year as one the primary options in Orlando's offense. At the very least, he should be able to match last year's numbers of 17.8 points, 2.2 triples, 2.9 assists and 1.7 turnovers per contest, which was good enough for sixth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He'll be a nice value-pick towards the later rounds. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) has no limitations
    Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) will not have any limitations entering training camp.

    Advice: Beverley will go to camp in Los Angeles, but there's a chance he could be making a move to Phoenix at some point, with rumors heating up about the Suns' interest in him. He's coming off a very serious knee injury but has looked great at recent workouts, and he could be fun to own if he does wind up in Phoenix. Beverley is someone to consider towards the final few rounds on draft day. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (hamstring) good to go for camp
    Ricky Rubio (hamstring) is fully cleared for training camp.

    Advice: Rubio went down with a hamstring injury during Game 5 of the playoffs back in May, but he's been fully cleared for a while now. He got off to a slow start last year, but turned into a third-round producer after the break with averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 boards, 5.6 dimes, 1.6 triples, 1.7 steals and just 2.3 turnovers per game on 43.6% shooting. He's an enticing mid-round target. Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins won't be ready for camp
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) will not be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Cousins tore his Achilles in late-January, so he might not be making it back to the floor until around Christmas. The primary goal is to have Boogie good to go when the playoffs begin, so expect him to be brought along slowly with plenty of random rest days throughout the year. He's probably going to be more trouble than he's worth, but there's nothing wrong with taking a flier on him towards the later rounds. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Bickerstaff hints fewer minutes for Gasol
    J.B. Bickerstaff hinted that he'll be conservative with Marc Gasol's minutes' allotment this upcoming season.

    Advice: "When we added some of the depth on our team, we don’t have to kill Mike [Conley] and Marc from a minutes perspective," said J.B. Bickerstaff. "Rather than getting into restrictions, their average minutes don’t have to be 36, 38 minutes to carry the team." Gasol averaged 33.0 minutes per game last season, but it sounds like Bickerstaff would like to trim off a few more minutes. He should still be able to contribute top-50 value, but there will be some health concerns with him entering his age-34 season. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Andre Roberson (knee) not cleared for contact
    Andre Roberson (left knee surgery) has still not been cleared for contact or five-on-five work.

    Advice: Roberson said that he hopes to be 100% by December, so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll miss the beginning of the season. That will create some increased opportunity for Dennis Schroder, but Schroder will likely lose a ton of value once Roberson works his way back into the rotation. To be clear, Roberson isn't worth drafting anywhere. Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Justin Patton undergoes foot surgery
    Justin Patton underwent successful surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Tuesday, and he will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: The Timberwolves aren't always forthcoming with the injury updates, so it could be a while before we get an official timetable on Patton. He's irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Brown expecting 'dominant' season from Embiid
    Brett Brown said he's expecting Joel Embiid to be "dominant" this season.

    Advice: Brown has been thoroughly impressed with Embiid's workouts this summer, and we'd anticipate the 24-year-old center taking another big leap forward in his third NBA season. While he remains a bit of an injury-risk after only making it through 63 games last season, it's worth noting that none of those missed games last season were due to knee or foot issues. If you want him, you'll need to invest at the top of Round 2. Yesterday, 11:34 am
  • Zhaire Smith (foot) expected back by Xmas
    Zhaire Smith (Jones fracture) is expected to make it back to the court sometime around Christmas.

    Advice: This timetable would assume zero setbacks for Smith, so it's subject to change should any unfortunate incidents occur. The 76ers have absolutely no incentive to rush Smith's recovery, and he's expected to spend a lot of his rookie season in the G-League anyway, so he's not someone that should be targeted in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Markelle Fultz and Simmons to play together
    Sixers coach Brett Brown said Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons will occasionally play together next season.

    Advice: Both players are capable of playing off the ball, so this certainly makes sense. It will be very interesting to see how Fultz looks in training camp and the preseason, which will provide our first look at his re-worked jumper. Brown said that Fultz has been very diligent in his offseason work and took a whopping 150,000 shots this summer. Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Thibs flying to LA to meet with Jimmy Butler
    Tom Thibodeau is traveling to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

    Advice: Per Woj, the original plan had been a meeting in Minneapolis, but that changed in the past 24 hours. David Aldridge is reporting that Butler has serious questions about the direction of the Wolves franchise, but he is willing to hear Minnesota out, and is not yet dead set on demanding a trade. We should finally have some concrete details on Butler's future in Minnesota once this much-discussed meeting wraps up. Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Masai says Kawhi is healthy and determined
    Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said that Kawhi Leonard is healthy and expects Leonard to arrive in Toronto "shortly."

    Advice: Here's the full quote from Ujiri on Leonard: "He's happy, and from what everybody has told me he's healthy. He's determined. He seems in the right frame of mind... I think there's a fire inside him and we're all excited about that." Masai also stated that Leonard has already spent a lot of time with the Raptors coaches and met many of his new teammates while training in L.A. over the summer. Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Derrick Williams to play in Germany
    Derrick Williams has reportedly agreed to terms with Bayern Munich for the 2018-19 season.

    Advice: Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, spent most of last season in China before signing a 10-day contract with the Lakers in March. He appeared in just two games for Los Angeles. Yesterday, 8:06 am
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  • Rockets will not sign Corey Brewer
    Contrary to recent speculation, the Rockets do not plan on signing Corey Brewer.

    Advice: Brewer was seen working out at the Rockets facility and was photographed with GM Daryl Morey, leading to reports that Houston was bringing Brewer back. However, that won't happen, according to longtime Rockets reporter Jonathan Feigen. Brewer, one of the most established vets remaining on the market, is looking to sign with a new club prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. Yesterday, 6:34 am
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