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Raymond Felton (hand) remains uncertain for Wednesday's game against the Bobcats, but there is optimism that he'll play.

The New York Post reports that Felton's "friends" expect him to play against his former team, while Newsday reports that Felton has "made it clear" he's looking to play through the pain against both Charlotte and Miami. Felton could wear a protective wrap on his thumb in order to play, but that's still to be determined. The Knicks play four games in five nights beginning on Wednesday.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 09:30:00 AM

Draymond Green said he doesn't "even want to win 74 games, or 75 games" this regular season.

"It's brutal," Green said. During last season, the All-Star talked a lot about the pressure of the Warriors chasing the record. These comments also coincide with general manager Bob Myers implying the team will rest some guys throughout the season. The Warriors have 17 back-to-back sets, so there's a somewhat high probability we see their superstars rest in several of those. Regardless, Green is still a fine top-25 pick in fantasy leagues.
Sep 26 - 4:40 PM

Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams will move to the bench to start training camp.

They will be replaced by Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn. Monroe did come off the bench for 12 games last year and arguably played better in those, averaging 14.3 points, 9.0 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals on 52.9 percent from the field. There's plenty of talk of Monroe being moved in a trade, so maybe that is a factor here along with the Khris Middleton (hamstring) injury. Monroe is a decent pick in the late middle rounds of standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 4:29 PM

Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn are expected to start for the Bucks this season.

Wow. Even with Greg Monroe on the trade block, this is surprising. The Bucks did give Plumlee a four-year, $52 million deal over the summer, so they clearly believe in him. The Bucks also have John Henson signed to a long-term deal, so they could have three centers vying for minutes unless a trade opens things up. Plumlee averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 14 starts last season, so he's not exactly an attractive fantasy asset. We should have more clarity once camp officially begins on Tuesday.
Sep 26 - 4:25 PM

Harrison Barnes said he anticipates playing a lot of power forward this season.

He added he expects those minutes to come next to Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell. Anyone who followed the Warriors knows about Barnes playing the stretch four in the vaunted Death Lineup, so this isn't uncharted waters. On the other hand, Barnes had just a 13.2 usage rate in that five-man lineup, so that number should definitely rise as a stretch four in Dallas. The Mavs are saying all the right things to put Harry B in a good spot, but he still has to show he can produce consistently. Barnes is a decent pick in the later middle rounds of standard drafts.
Sep 26 - 4:01 PM

Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) both said on Monday that they are 100 percent.

This means the Clippers will open training camp at full strength. Griffin spent most of the summer rehabbing, and while his recovery was abnormally long, hopefully the quad issue is in the rearview mirror. He's entering a contract year and the trade rumors have been buzzing, so his price in fantasy drafts has noticeably dropped. It will be interesting to see how he holds up during the preseason.
Sep 26 - 3:35 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo said Jabari Parker will be an All-Star this year.

It's not that wild of a thought. The Bucks are really going to need a lot out of Parker, especially with Khris Middleton (hamstring) expected to miss most of the season. After the break last year, Parker played 80 percent of his minutes next to Antetokounmpo and Antetokounmpo will run the offense, so this is good to hear for Parker. What's more, he did get a handful of minutes at small forward late in the year. With some talk of Parker adding more treys, he might have success in that spot. He's a very interesting pick in the middle rounds of drafts.
Sep 26 - 3:27 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for non-contact drills.

Just in time for training camp. Olynyk will be reevaluated on Oct. 15, but this doesn't mean that he will be ready for the season opener. The Celtics won't rush him back given their frontcourt depth, but this could give Tyler Zeller an early edge over Olynyk for the backup center role.
Sep 26 - 3:14 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) doesn't have a set timetable to return according to Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.

"He's progressing," Wallace said. "He had a good offseason. I just saw him in the weight room doing some things. He's back on a limited basis now; not totally fully cleared but has been progressing well." Wallace added that it's still unclear if Parsons will be ready for opening night. The versatile forward will be limited to non-contact drills early in camp, and he will continue to be reevaluated on a weekly basis. His upside is very real, but so are the durability concerns.
Sep 26 - 2:39 PM

Coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets "have two young bigs that can play together."

In other words, it sounds like he's open to playing Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together. In the last 11 games, Jokic played 12 percent of his minutes next to Nurkic. What's more, that combo had a positive net rating and looked good against bigger teams. While the Nuggets aren't likely to unleash Nurkic due to his injury history, his per-minute output makes him a very intriguing pick in the later rounds after the reliable bigs come off the board.
Sep 26 - 1:32 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starting lineup is set except for the center position.

Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert will compete for the starting role, but Clifford simply said that they will both "play a lot." Neither player has much upside and Hibbert has been a ghost for the past two years, so a potential timeshare won't help. This is a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore. In case it needs to be said, Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are the confirmed starters at 1-4.
Sep 26 - 1:13 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is a "full go" for training camp.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that MKG is in great shape and that he won't be limited in camp. Clifford added that there is a noticeable difference in his range shooting, an encouraging sign because his shooting has always been his biggest weakness. It's a small sample size, but MKG looked great in seven games before the injury last season, averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 54.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. MKG will be the starting SF next to Nicolas Batum on the wings.
Sep 26 - 1:03 PM




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