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LaMarcus Aldridge was "extremely frustrated" with the Blazers last year, but has not asked for a trade, according to Yahoo! Sports.

"I wasn't ready to make a move yet," he said. "I was just frustrated in the moment. I haven't given [GM Neil Olshey] a chance yet." Olshey met with Aldridge last month to talk things over, and he said earlier this month that Aldridge was happy with the team's offseason moves. The Blazers had the worst depth in the NBA last year but they resolved that issue this summer with the acquisition of Robin Lopez, Dorell Wright and Mo Williams, as well as a nice draft pick in C.J. McCollum. Aldridge should be off the board early in fantasy drafts.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 03:19:00 PM

Shabazz Napier (hamstring) has been cleared for Portland's season opener vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

Napier missed most of camp and all of the preseason with this hamstring issue, but he's been able to get through full-contact work for the past three days, so it looks the hamstring thing is behind him. Head coach Terry Stotts mentioned that Napier could be a potential starter on opening night with C.J. McCollum (suspension) unavailable, although we'd expect Evan Turner to earn the starting nod. Even in a spot-start, it's tough to see Napier producing much fantasy value.
Oct 17 - 4:19 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener against the Pistons.

It'll either be Dwayne Bacon or Jeremy Lamb replacing MKG in the starting five for Wednesday night's game, but Steve Clifford won't be revealing his starters until we're closer to tipoff. The Hornets have not yet provided a timetable for Kidd-Cilchrist's return, and we still don't know exactly why he's away from the team, but hopefully he can sort out this personal issue relatively soon. Between Lamb and Bacon, Lamb is the more attractive fantasy option.
Oct 17 - 4:14 PM

Julius Randle (ribs) went through everything except the 5-on-5 aspects of Tuesday's practice.

The Lakers' season doesn't begin until Thursday, so Randle still has a full two days to get himself right, and him ramping up his activities at practice is encouraging regarding his status for the season opener. Luke Walton still hasn't officially announced Randle as his starting four-man, but regardless of how he enters the game, Randle should be receiving quality minutes in Los Angeles this season.
Oct 17 - 4:02 PM

Jeremy Lamb (groin), Treveon Graham (hamstring) and Julyan Stone (groin) all practiced in full on Tuesday.

The Hornets will be without Michael Carter-Williams (knees), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) and Nicolas Batum (elbow) on opening night, so they could really use Lamb, Graham and Stone on opening night. These guys getting through a full practice is certainly a positive sign, but we'll have a better idea on their playing status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If Lamb is cleared to play, there's a good chance he'd start, and he should have some low-end value while Batum is out.
Oct 17 - 3:40 PM

Will Barton (right ankle) said he's "fine" and that he will not have any minutes restrictions in Wednesday's season opener against Utah.

Barton suffered what appeared to be a severe ankle sprain at the end of Monday's practice, but head coach Mike Malone confirmed that he's been cleared to play, so it looks like he's dodged a bullet and owners can plan on having him take the floor for opening night. He looked great during the preseason, so it'll be interesting to see if he can carry that momentum into the regular season.
Oct 17 - 2:54 PM

James Ennis and Andrew Harrison will be in the starting lineup for Memphis on Wednesday.

Ennis played very well through the preseason, securing his spot in the starting five, so it looks like the starting small forward position is his to lose. Harrison is more of a fill-in starter with Wayne Selden (quad) and Ben McLemore (foot) banged up, and while both these guys see a minor uptick in value as starter, neither one should be expected to command much fantasy value. Joining them in the starting five will be Mike Conley, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol.
Oct 17 - 2:34 PM

Dwane Casey implied that C.J. Miles will be coming off the bench in Toronto's season opener against Chicago on Thursday.

Casey said that Miles has "done a great job as a bench leader," which would strongly suggest that Norman Powell will open the year as Toronto's starting three-man. Miles could be considered a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but Powell is the guy you want to target in 12-team settings.
Oct 17 - 2:28 PM

Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Taurean Prince will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Mavericks.

Joining Prince in the starting five will be Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Dwayne Dedmon. Prince looked great through the preseason, and he's all set up for a career-year as the unquestioned starting small forward in Atlanta. Don't hesitate to get him active for Week 1.
Oct 17 - 2:25 PM

Chris Paul (knee, shoulder) confirmed after shootaround that he'll be on the court for Houston's season opener against Golden State on Tuesday.

"It's cool," Paul said of his knee, "7:30, I'll be there." The Rockets took it easy on the 32-year-old veteran through the preseason, but with the games actually meaning something now, CP3 will see his usual starter minutes tonight san restrictions. Feel free to fire him up.
Oct 17 - 2:22 PM

Joel Embiid said that he believes he'll play approximately 16 minutes vs. the Wizards on Wednesday night.

Embiid was upset when he was informed of coach Brett Brown's plan to keep him on a minute restriction "in the teens." Embiid told reporters after practice on Tuesday that he thought he would be playing at least 24 mins on opening night, based on how he felt in the preseason. "They know that I'm frustrated, but once again you've got to trust the doctors," said Embiid. "They care about me. It's all about the long-term view."
Oct 17 - 1:56 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said that he expects Tony Allen (ankle) to play Wednesday vs. Memphis.

Allen did not play in the Pelicans preseason finale last Friday due to soreness in his ankle. Even when Allen is fully healthy, the Pelicans will limit his minutes in hopes of keeping the 35-year old fresh for the full season. Allen only has value as a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Oct 17 - 1:32 PM




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