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Luol Deng (hamstring) is a true game-time call on Monday, but there is an expectation that he'll play.

Deng is a true game-time call for Monday's game as opposed to previously when he really had no chance to play, and it sounds a lot like he'll be back. "Glad to have (Luol) back," Jimmy Butler said. If Deng is forced to sit once again for some reason, Butler will get another chance to cling onto fantasy value. As a starter, Butler is averaging 14.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 45 minutes per game.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Anthony Davis (wrist) was participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick.
Oct 21 - 1:06 PM

Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
Oct 21 - 12:50 PM

Courtney Lee will open the season in the Grizzlies' starting lineup, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

With Nick Calathes out for the first 20 games of the season due to a suspension, Lee and Tony Allen will serve as the starting SG and SF for the Grizzlies. Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers with the Grizzlies last season and is now a solid late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
Oct 21 - 12:01 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) said that he's excited for the opportunity that Russell Westbrook has to lead the Thunder while KD recovers from foot surgery.

While Westbrook has his critics in the media, his teammate is not one of them. "He's going to do a great job," Durant said. "I'm not worried about Russ. I'm excited for the opportunity he has right now." Durant represents a risky fantasy pick due to his uncertain timetable, so we wouldn't blame risk-averse fantasy owners for letting last year's MVP fall to another owner. However, owners willing to roll the dice on the 26-year-old in the first round may very well find themselves at the top of their league standings due to Durant's enormous upside.
Oct 21 - 11:25 AM

Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said that Jabari Parker reminds him of Grant Hill.

Besides their shared Duke background, Kidd sees a few similarities between Hill and Parker. "He's got a quick first step. What I like is he tries to make the right play to his teammates," Kidd said. "It's not always about scoring. He wants to win; he cheers his teammates on. That's kind of cool to see." Parker has had a strong preseason and should have no problem returning fantasy value as an early-middle round selection.
Oct 21 - 11:03 AM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is considering rescheduling some marquee games in order to grow the league's audience in China.

As the NBA unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports education in China, Silver said the league may reschedule some U.S. East Coast games in the morning so they can be seen live in China, which is seen as one of the sport’s biggest growth markets. "I think it will make sense to play some of our games in the East Coast in the morning, so that viewers in China can watch those games in primetime," Silver said.
Source: Variety
Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM

Gerald Henderson (hamstring) did some running and shooting on Monday and is targeting the Hornets' final exhibition game for his return.

Henderson's return is bad news for Gary Neal after his big night and in general it will tighten up the wing rotation. Henderson had a hard time holding 14-team value last year and this year he has much more competition for minutes and touches.
Oct 20 - 11:56 PM

Gary Neal came out of nowhere to put up 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.

Neal has had a solid preseason but this is ridiculous. He hit 7-of-17 shots (2-of-4 from deep and 5-of-6 from the line) in his 36 minutes, and if fantasy owners in deep leagues want to bump him up their cheat sheets they can go for it. But expecting Neal to be a standard league producer when Gerald Henderson returns is still a bit optimistic.
Oct 20 - 11:54 PM

A slimmed down O.J. Mayo scored 24 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 7-of-13 shots (including six threes) with zero rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

Milwaukee news can be hard to come by and even the local writers tweeting the game were surprised about how he looked. On that front, he looks like a totally different person and owners would be wise to not summarily dismiss him as a fantasy asset this year. He has had some good games mixed in with bad ones and the Milwaukee rotation is a crowded mess, but if Mayo can return to past form he should theoretically move toward starter's minutes.
Oct 20 - 11:18 PM

Mason Plumlee had a field day against the 76ers on Monday with 20 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 30 minutes.

He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-12 from the line in an Andre Drummond-like outing. Plumlee is obviously going to benefit in a big way from the Brook Lopez (injury), so fantasy owners missing out on a big man shouldn't be shy about grabbing him near pick No. 100 for the short term and perhaps more.
Oct 20 - 11:12 PM




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