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  • Allen Crabbe (knee rehab) out indefinitely
    Allen Crabbe (right knee rehab) is unlikely to see the court until mid-to-late-November, according to coach Lloyd Pierce.

    Advice: Pierce said that Crabbe's workouts are going well, but he won't return to competitive work on the court for at least a month. His return to game action will depend on how he responds once he gets back to practicing regularly. Crabbe remains off the fantasy radar right now. Today, 4:02 pm
  • John Henson (groin) unable to fully practice
    John Henson (right groin strain) remains unable to fully practice with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Henson, expected to backup Tristan Thompson at center, is highly unlikely to be available for Cleveland's opener on Wednesday. The team currently has two open roster spots and will likely look to bring in another center with both Henson and Ante Zizic (foot) sidelined. Today, 3:49 pm
  • Cavs waive Jarell Martin, Marques Bolden
    The Cavaliers have waived Jarell Martin and Marques Bolden.

    Advice: Martin and Bolden will likely head to the G-League after their release. The Cavs currently have two open roster spots. Today, 3:46 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (Achilles) practices in full
    Nicolas Batum (right Achilles soreness) practiced in full on Saturday, which could change the starting lineup for the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Following Saturday's practice, coach James Borrego indicated that Batum may re-enter the starting unit for the season opener against the Bulls. Borrego is not yet ready to say that the starting five from the preseason finale -- Terry Rozier, Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, PJ Washington and Cody Zeller -- will be the lineup come opening night. This is sort of surprising, since that starting group makes the most sense from a rebuilding perspective, but it's possible that Borrego wants to add Batum's ball-handling and experience to the first unit. A move to the bench would be quite disappointing for any of Bacon, Bridges or Washington. Today, 3:43 pm
  • Warriors officially waive Alfonzo McKinnie
    The Warriors have officially waived forward Alfonzo McKinnie.

    Advice: McKinnie went from the presumptive starter at small forward to released in the span of about a month, largely because of the injuries the team has had in the frontcourt. The rest of the league will have 48 hours to make a claim for McKinnie. The Warriors also released Jared Cunningham and Nick Zeisloft. Today, 3:05 pm
  • Pau Gasol (foot) won't play in season opener
    Pau Gasol (left foot rehab) will not play in the Blazers' season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gasol missed the entire preseason, though there was some hope he'd be able to suit up on opening night. His recovery from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot has gone slower than anticipated, which isn't great news for someone who is almost 40-years-old. Gasol could continue to miss time and isn't worth owning in fantasy hoops. Zach Collins will continue to operate as the team's backup center. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Raps ink Pascal Siakam to a 4-year extension
    The Raptors have signed Pascal Siakam to a four-year, max contract extension.

    Advice: One of the bright young stars in the game, and a player viewed as a franchise cornerstone, the Raps were not going to let Siakam walk away while they controlled his rights. This new deal will keep Siakam in Toronto through the end of the 2023-24 season. He will earn $130 million over the life of the four-year deal. It does not include any player or team options. Today, 11:16 am
  • Grizzlies waive Ivan Rabb and Miles Plumlee
    The Memphis Grizzlies are waiving forward Ivan Rabb and center Miles Plumlee.

    Advice: The Grizz needed to get down to 15 players, so they part ways with bigs Rabb and Plumlee. Rabb appeared in 85 games for the Grizz over his two seasons in Memphis, averaging 5.7 points in 14.6 minutes per contest. Today, 11:08 am
  • Ryan Anderson to log some minutes at center
    Ryan Anderson may see increased playing time at the center this season for Houston.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler is the Rockets’ backup center, but he'll be rested sporadically, opening up minutes for Anderson at the 5-spot. "Tyson probably some back-to-backs won’t play. So there’s some (playing time) there," said coach Mike D'Antoni. "Some we just want to go small, although [Anderson] is big (at 6-10). But you go small with five out. We’ll look at that." Anderson added: "It’s definitely a role we talked about here. I think it’s something I can be really effective at. This team can play in a lot of different ways. I think center could be a good title now. Today, 11:06 am
  • Raptors waive F Devin Robinson
    The Raptors have waived F Devin Robinson.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Robinson was signed to an Exhibit 10 contract. He'll head down to the G League. Today, 9:15 am
  • Thunder sign & waive Edwards, two others
    The Thunder signed and waived Vince Edwards, Sedrick Barefield and Kadeem Jack on Saturday.

    Advice: No fantasy impact here, as all three players will be headed to the G-League by the start of the regular season. Today, 8:22 am
  • Knicks waive Wooten, Peters and King
    The Knicks have waived VJ King, Lamar Peters and Kenny Wooten.

    Advice: No surprise here, as all three were never expected to make the final roster. Wooten had ankle sprain and missed all four preseason games. All three will play for the Knicks G League team in Westchester. Today, 7:04 am
  • Kostas Antetokounmpo blocks five shots
    Kostas Antetokounmpo blocked five shots in Friday's preseason finale with seven points, six rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He's still a bit raw but might have a future in the league for his ability to run the floor and protect the rim. He's on a two-way contract with the Lakers and won't see daylight unless Dwight Howard flops. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Brandon Ingram looks good as starting PF
    Brandon Ingram got the start at power forward against the Knicks on Friday with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The move to the four was a big success following the loss of Zion Williamson (knee). EVP David Griffin had previously talked up Ingram's fit in the Pelicans system, and today he showed that with his length and ability to get into the lane. He finishes his preseason with averages of 14.4 point, 4.4 boards, 2.2 dimes, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys on a 44/39/83 shooting line in 22.3 minutes. He's routinely underperformed in fantasy, but this could be his best chance to get it rolling yet. Feel free to give him a shot in the late-middle rounds. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Kenrich Williams gets 23 minutes
    Kenrich Williams failed to score in 23 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, adding six rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He's seeing minutes as a three and a four, and should see some extra minutes without Zion Williamson (knee). Williams had some terrific games down the stretch last year, but of course the Pelicans are a lot deeper right now. He's only on the radar in 20-team leagues. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Nets waive Lance Thomas
    The Nets have waived veteran forward Lance Thomas.

    Advice: He did have a small chance of making the team and could draw interest from teams in need of defense and a strong locker-room presence. Devin Cannady, CJ Massinburg and C.J. Williams were also waived. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Nicolo Melli plays the stretch five
    Nicolo Melli scored seven points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: In the first half, Melli slotted in behind Jahlil Okafor as a backup five. He did play some four throughout the preseason, and he figures to get minutes there as we wait for Zion Williamson (knee) to return. With Brandon Ingram getting burn at the four tonight, there may not be enough opportunity to take Melli in 16-team leagues. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Trey Lyles goes scoreless in start
    Trey Lyles got the start in Friday's preseason game but went 0-of-3 from the field for zero points with six rebounds and one dime.

    Advice: The Spurs started him at power forward against Memphis' smaller frontcourt, as we all know coach Gregg Popovich likes to play the matchups. "He’s solid, just a solid pro," Popovich said. "He’s got a good all-around game and is a very serious professional. Just knows how to play." Even if he makes some starts here and there, he's really just out there to space the floor and attack the glass. We wouldn't go near him in fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Derrick Favors gets the night off Friday
    Derrick Favors did not play on Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: It was announced at the last minute and there's no word of an injury. Presumably, coach Alvin Gentry wanted to take this chance to see how his second and third centers fit in Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli. Favors had been quiet in the preseason with the vast majority of his minutes overlapping with Zion Williams (knee), and Favors had just a 9.2 usage rate next to the rook. With Zion now out for a few weeks, Favors could have a shot to have a hot start. He's worth a look in the late-mid rounds of drafts. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • RJ Barrett scores 19 on 9-of-12 from floor
    RJ Barrett made 9-of-12 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He and Julius Randle dominated on the offensive side of the ball to hand with the high-powered Pels -- Randle ad 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Barrett was a mixed bag in Vegas, but Barrett is rounding into form just as his rookie season gets started. He should handle a lot of ball-handling responsibilities, so grabbing him in the late-mid rounds makes sense to see if he can reach his upside. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
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