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Wolves GM Flip Saunders is reportedly "enamored" with Indiana SG/SF Victor Oladipo.

Saunders and the Wolves haven't been shy about leaking their love for Oladipo over the last month. But he's not going to be around at No. 9 overall, so they're working the phones. So far, they've reportedly offered picks 9, 26 and Derrick Williams in an effort to move up -- but have received no takers. Williams was the No. 2 overall pick in 2011.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 03:45:00 PM

Larry Sanders said he hopes to play in the season opener.

He had a surgery earlier this month and has been going through some non-contact practice. In some of the videos of practice, Sanders worked up a good sweat, so he's a little closer to probable. Like most Bucks stories, this is a guessing game and we still don't even know what his surgery was for. He's worth the risk later in drafts and he should be able to fall to you near 100.
Oct 25 - 10:43 AM

Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round.
Oct 25 - 1:34 AM

Blake Griffin scored 21 points in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

On the down side, he shot just 1-of-3 from the line, which has been a problem in his last four. Griffin did have a positive stretch after the break at the line, so maybe that was a fluke, or maybe not. Still, he's probably going to be the top scorer at power forward and add other stats, as well.
Oct 25 - 1:07 AM

Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Oct 25 - 12:50 AM

Alec Burks was in attack-mode offensively on Friday, notching 20 points vs. the Suns on 5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 8-of-11 FTs.

Burks is a clever and quick ball-handler who attacks the paint with abandon, which is part of the reason he attempted 4.8 free throws in just 28 minutes per game last year. His 74.8 percent FT shooting leaves room for improvement, but he's a great target toward the end of fantasy drafts thanks to steady across-the-board contributions and a growing role in the offense.
Oct 24 - 11:47 PM

Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas each played between 28-30 minutes in Friday's preseason finale, with Dragic scoring 18 points on efficient 8-of-11 shooting.

He drained two 3-pointers and had three assists and one steal, but it could be difficult to match last year's averages with Bledsoe healthy and IT3 carving out a big role off the bench. Jeff Hornacek played his three guards simultaneously for a while tonight, which could pay dividends during the season, but it's hard to imagine that being a staple of the Suns' rotation.
Oct 24 - 11:44 PM

Rudy Gay will not return to Friday's game after being elbowed in the jaw by Lakers rookie Julius Randle.

Gay had a similar scare during the World Cup but avoided any fractures. He will have X-rays once he's back in Sacramento and we can only hope that they come back negative, as the Kings open their regular season at home vs. the Warriors this Wednesday. If Gay is forced to miss any time, Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams are the most likely candidates to absorb his playing time.
Oct 24 - 11:32 PM

James Harden was his usual self against the Spurs on Friday during a 96-87 win, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

He was the top player in all of fantasy basketball after the break last season and the Rockets lost two of their highest usage-rate guys last season. The Beard is going to dominate again this year and is fantastic top pick in the early first round.
Oct 24 - 10:47 PM

Joakim Noah logged a preseason-high 32 minutes on Friday, converting them into six points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in a loss to the Wolves.

Offseason knee surgery and the arrival of Pau Gasol have clouded Noah's fantasy outlook somewhat, but this near triple-double is a reminder that he's still a top-50 fantasy value. His knees haven't been an issue during the preseason and coach Tom Thibodeau is never shy about giving his key players heavy minutes, making Noah a reasonable gamble as a No. 1 center.
Oct 24 - 10:38 PM

The Bulls lost their final preseason game to the Wolves, 112-113 despite Derrick Rose's team-high 27 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

D-Rose knocked down 12-of-23 FGs with three 3-pointers in just 32 minutes, and one of his triples brought Chicago within a basket in crunch time. Don't look now, but D-Rose averaged 28.5 points in the Bulls' final two exhibitions and looks primed for opening night. There have been no concerns about his surgically repaired knee so his preseason can be deemed an unqualified success.
Oct 24 - 10:35 PM

Kyle Lowry was in regular-season form vs. the Knicks on Friday, chipping in 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in the Raptors' home victory.

K-Low doesn't have the cachet as other PGs like Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving, but he's every bit as valuable for fantasy purposes. He was a second-round value last year and enters the 2014-15 season as a clear-cut leader for the Raptors, so there's nothing preventing him from a repeat performance.
Oct 24 - 10:13 PM




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