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Power forward Brandon Bass appears to be locked into a position battle with rookie Jared Sullinger and it's unknown who will start on opening night.

Bass is still the favorite to win the job, but Sullinger is playing very well and has created a tough decision for Doc Rivers. We're going to leave Bass as the No. 1 PF in depth charts, but it's possible Sullinger could win the job. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 03:18:00 PM

Lakers rookie Julius Randle said on Monday that he's prepared to come off the bench behind Carlos Boozer on opening night.

"[Boozer] deserves what he gets because he's put in the time and he's been successful," Randle said. "We're both going to be on the floor, whoever starts or not; that's not really my focus or worry." Randle is 19 years old and he's sure to have some growing pains in the NBA, making him a more appealing fantasy target after the All-Star break.
Source: L.A. Times
Sep 30 - 3:31 PM

Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) was a full participant in the Warriors' first training camp practice on Tuesday.

Bogut missed the Warriors' final nine playoff games due to concerns that his fractured rib might puncture a lung if he tried to play, but he's fully healed after a restful offseason. Warriors coach Steve Kerr intends to use Bogut more offensively, but he's also likely to limit his playing time to protect him from injuries. His risk and reward balances out to late-round value for fantasy owners in need of boards and blocks.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 30 - 3:03 PM

Justin Hamilton's agent expects him to be going "full speed" within a few days, after a heart flutter sidelined him on Monday.

This is great news for the young big man, though he's unlikely to resume full-contact play until his re-evaluation in a few weeks. His 7'0" frame alone might earn him a roster spot on a Heat team starved for size, but even if he does earn a rotation spot he's not a viable fantasy option.
Sep 30 - 2:53 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said that his jump shot is "going in a lot more" following this summer's overhaul of his shooting mechanics.

It's safe to assume that MKG will never be a pure shooter, and his struggles outside of the paint have been well documented. Hornets coach Steve Clifford said on Monday that he's "never seen anybody's shooting mechanics change more drastically [in one year]," but we're taking a skeptical view until we've seen him on the court. MKG also faces increased competition for minutes this season with Lance Stephenson in Charlotte and Jeff Taylor recovered from his Achilles surgery.
Sep 30 - 2:42 PM

Greg Monroe denied rumors of any offseason discord with the Detroit Pistons.

After an offseason of trade rumors and reports of Monroe not liking certain players, Monroe lashed out a bit on Monday. "It wasn't rumors, it was all lies," he said. "Because I know what really went on, I'm not worried about it. I know the truth. At the end of the day, I'm focused on getting ready for the season. All that stuff is behind me. I could [not] really care less." Playing on a one-year contract before he hits unrestricted free agency, Monroe is a solid mid-round draft target for fantasy owners.
Sep 30 - 1:52 PM

LeBron James said his back has been "iffy" at the start of training camp.

While James did say that he may sit out the Cavs' second practice on Tuesday, he has yet to miss any practice sessions thus far. James also added that he's doing pretty well in terms of picking up head coach David Blatt's offense and that he will let his kids decide on whether or not he'll go back to his pregame powder toss this year. While King James may see his usage rate take a hit alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love this year, he's still a safe selection with the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 1:43 PM

Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes.
Sep 30 - 1:34 PM

Dion Waiters said that he wants LeBron James to take him under his wing this season.

Singled out by James as one of the players he's looking forward to teaming up with, Waiters is embracing the opportunity to learn from the best. The 22-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 2013-14 and could serve as a late-round steal if he's able to step up his game with King James as his mentor.
Sep 30 - 1:01 PM

Al Horford (pectoral) said he is still on track to be ready for the Hawks' regular season opener.

Horford added that he didn't go through contact drills on the first day of training camp, but that news matches up with the Hawks' intended plan of taking a cautious approach with their big man. While Horford has played less than 30 games in two of the last three seasons, he still provides fantasy owners with enough upside to warrant a second or third round selection on draft day.
Sep 30 - 12:37 PM

Isaiah Thomas (wrist) will be limited at the Suns' first two-a-day practice because his surgically-repaired wrist is not yet at full strength.

Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist on August 14, so this news shouldn't come as a huge shock to fantasy owners. The 25-year-old had a fantastic 2013-14 season in which he averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.8 three-pointers per game, but his 2014-15 numbers will take a hit as he plays behind Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. While Thomas's per-minute efficiency still makes him worth a mid-late round draft pick, fantasy owners should be careful not to get too caught up in his 2013-14 numbers.
Sep 30 - 12:24 PM

Josh Smith said he's feeling better about his prospects entering the 2014-15 season.

"It was real tough. It was very cold and losing on top of it, it got hard," Smith said of his 2013-14 campaign. "But I started off losing in this league so I'm appreciative of the moments of winning." The 29-year-old is focused on playing more like a power forward after taking a career-high 265 three-pointers last year that caused his field goal percentage to drop to 41.9 percent. As long as Smith can stick to his promise of playing more like a post player, he should provide fantasy owners with mid-round value in 2014-15.
Sep 30 - 12:15 PM




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