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Marcus Thornton won't play against the Bucks on Wednesday night due to a personal matter.

Thornton's mother is ill and he went home for "a couple days." He's been ice cold of late while playing limited minutes and appears visibly frustrated with his role in Keith Smart's rotation. Jimmer Fredette stands to gain minutes from Thornton's absence and could play even more if Tyreke Evans (knee) remains sidelined. We'll let you know when we know more.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 06:01:00 PM

Blake Griffin said after Tuesday's practice, "It felt great to be out there, my legs feel 100 percent and I'm good to go."

This is noteworthy since Blake skipped Team USA this summer due to a very minor back injury, but he enters the preseason without any health concerns. He's a borderline first-round pick this season, and is even more valuable if you're not bothered by his sub-par (but improved) FT percentages.
Sep 30 - 6:26 PM

DeMarcus Cousins' goal this season is to have no more than five technical fouls, according to a picture posted by teammate Reggie Evans.

DMC tied for the league lead with 16 techs last season, and during the 2013-14 season he had a league-high 17 technicals, four ejections and three flagrant fouls. He was focused and effective with Team USA this summer and may finally be turning the corner, maturity-wise, which makes him an even more appealing fantasy option in the latter half of the first round.
Sep 30 - 5:50 PM

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that the PF position is "open for competition," citing the need for more rebounding and physical defense.

"We had two of the top rebounders in the league last year with Omer [Asik] and Dwight [Howard] and we were still like 20th in rebounding. What does that say about the other guys? Not much," McHale said. Jones will need to fend off Donatas Motiejunas during training camp, but he started 71 games last year and is the favorite to do so again this season. In other news, the Rockets intend to pick up Jones' $2.5 million fourth-year contract option, which is an easy decision, but they won't do so until the Oct. 31 deadline.
Sep 30 - 5:38 PM

Kobe Bryant "looked good and said he felt great" during Tuesday's practice, according to coach Byron Scott.

Kobe is ready to go for the Lakers' season opener, and Scott said recently that he optimistically expects Bryant to play in all 82 games while averaging 23-24 points. The 18-year veteran is an obvious injury risk after playing in just six games last season, but his elite upside has him going in the third round of most fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 5:31 PM

Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace may earn minutes at PF early in the season, according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Green reportedly got stronger this season and aims to be a leader for Boston, but fantasy owners would settle for an improvement on last year's lousy 41.2 percent shooting. The possibility that he and Wallace might play some PF spells trouble for Brandon Bass, especially if Jared Sullinger is starting at PF on opening night.
Sep 30 - 5:13 PM

Jameer Nelson wore a white jersey during the Mavericks' first practice on Tuesday, suggesting that he'll start at PG ahead of Raymond Felton and Devin Harris.

Felton will open the season with a four-game suspension and Harris is better suited as a backup combo guard, which basically hands the job to Nelson by default. "He’s just got a grit and toughness about him that we really need on this team this year," said Carlisle, who described Nelson as a "natural leader." As a starting PG he'd be a decent source of assists and 3-pointers, making him worth a look in the final rounds.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sep 30 - 4:16 PM

James Harden told reporters on Tuesday, "I know at times my defense is pretty bad."

Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and Harden vowed to improve on the defensive end of the court. We'll believe it when we see it, as we're too used to seeing Harden drift fecklessly around on defense. The good news is that his shortcomings don't prevent him from being a solid top-6 fantasy pick in nearly all formats.
Sep 30 - 3:47 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




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