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Josh Smith (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Tuesday.

Smith said his ankle "felt good," but reiterated that it's still too early to determine his availability for Wednesday. Smoove owners in daily leagues will have to check back for a more definitive update. If he is forced to sit out again, Anthony Tolliver will likely start in his place again, but he offers nothing to fantasy owners.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 12:54:00 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Seth Curry is "going to be a factor" for the Mavs this year.

He led the Mavs with 15 points during their scrimmage on Wednesday. Both coach Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban have really talked up Curry more than almost any new signing ever, so he's certainly going to get a chance. He will come off the bench and play both guard spots, so he can definitely get minutes in the upper 20s. Based on his finish late last year, he's a really nice pick in the last couple rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 3:28 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said it's "pretty obvious" Kyle Anderson should play more.

Pop said Slo-Mo can play the three, four, and point guard. The coach also talked about the improvements in Anderson's shot, as well. Anderson has been arguably the best player at Summer League in the last two years and coach Popovich said he has to find a way to get him some run. With the Spurs somewhat thin up front, he's a sneaky late-round pick with upside.
Sep 28 - 3:02 PM

Marc Gasol (foot) will sit out games as a precaution this season, according to coach David Fizdale.

"There will be some games we sit him," said Fizdale. "I’m definitely going to preserve him." Fizdale also said that he will "absolutely be careful with Gasol’s minutes this season," which isn't a surprise since the Grizzlies' star center is coming back from a fractured navicular bone. If you needed a reminder of the high risk that Gasol brings as a fantasy target, this is it. Brandan Wright will likely take over at center whenever Gasol is rested, giving him sporadic DFS appeal.
Sep 28 - 1:40 PM

Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

This is the same knee that required offseason surgery and limited him to just 53 games his rookie year, although Okafor maintains that he's "100 percent healthy" and that the limited workload was simply a recommendation from the 76ers' medical staff. Okafor was only a late-round guy last year churning in averages of 17.5 points, 7.0 boards and 1.2 blocks per game, but those numbers could take a hit with Joel Embiid now a part of the equation. Okafor could also be traded, and the uncertainty regarding his situation makes him a risky standard league target.
Sep 28 - 1:38 PM

Blake Griffin has fully recovered from the quad issue that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season.

"It just looks like a brand new tendon," Griffin said, after seeing the results with his doctor. "No tendinitis, no anything…The doctor was like, ‘This is probably as healthy as your tendon’s been since high school,’ just because of the nature of how much basketball we have to play." Doc Rivers said that Griffin "looked great" during his first full practice with the team at camp, and Griffin added that he's cleared all the mental hurdles of the recovery process. He's in a contract year and entering his prime at 27 years old, so Griffin could be in for a career-year with the Clippers.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 28 - 12:59 PM

Tryonn Lue said that he wants to keep LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's minutes down this season.

Lue added that the number one goal for the Cavs this season will be going into the postseason with a clean bill of health, so don't be surprised to see these guys (particularly LBJ) pick up some random rest days down the stretch once Cleveland has locked up their seeding. While you could still make the argument that James is one of the best basketball players currently residing on this planet, the assured maintenance days make him more of a late-first, early-second round target.
Sep 28 - 12:41 PM

Josh McRoberts revealed on Wednesday that he's dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot stemming from a fracture he sustained during Game 6 of Miami's second-round series against Toronto.

The Heat have a massive hole to fill at the power forward position with Chris Bosh's (blood clots) tenure in Miami likely reaching its conclusion, but as per usual, the injured McRoberts won't be able to help much. Once he is healthy, he'll be competing for minutes with the likes of Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Udonis Haslem, so it'll be tough for him to see the floor enough to make a difference in standard settings.
Sep 28 - 12:24 PM

Magic head coach Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton is day-to-day after suffering a strained hip flexor.

Payton hasn't had any issues with his hip in the past, and he's been very durable through the first two years of his career, so this isn't an issue we'd expect to linger into the regular season. Vogel has been making flowery comments about Payton this offseason, which is a stark contrast from the relationship that Payton had with Scott Skiles, so perhaps he can take a step forward during Year-3. The shooting percentages will likely remain an issue, but if you’re seeking some production in the steals and assists categories during the later rounds, go ahead and give him a look.
Sep 28 - 10:53 AM

Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1.
Sep 28 - 10:47 AM

Cameron Payne suffered a right ankle sprain during Tuesday's scrimmage.

The severity of the injury is not currently known, but it's worth pointing out that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this summer to correct the Jones fracture. We should have an update on Payne soon enough, but with a full month to go until the regular season tips, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery.
Sep 28 - 9:38 AM

John Wall (knees) said he felt "great" following his first day of practice at training camp.

"I feel great," Wall said. "I’m a little fatigued but other than that I feel really good." While Wall didn't go through the live portions of Tuesday's practice, head coach Scott Brooks estimated that he got through about 70 percent of the work, and Kelly Oubre said that he was dunking during some drills. It sounds like Wall is making solid progress in his recovery from the two knee surgeries he underwent this summer, but until he's officially cleared to play, he'll remain a risky early-round pick.
Sep 28 - 9:23 AM




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