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Nicolas Batum passed his final concussion test on Monday.

It's great news and he should be back on the practice court soon. NBA concussion protocol calls for a player ride a stationary bike, then do jogging and agility work, and non-contact team drills before returning to contact. Batum has been with the team and is targeting Thursday to return to full-contact practice. He's been a little banged up in his career, but he plays a ton of minutes and has a chance to duplicate his stats from last season.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 03:51:00 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

Greg Monroe denied rumors of any offseason discord with the Detroit Pistons.

After an offseason of trade rumors and reports of Monroe not liking certain players, Monroe lashed out a bit on Monday. "It wasn't rumors, it was all lies," he said. "Because I know what really went on, I'm not worried about it. I know the truth. At the end of the day, I'm focused on getting ready for the season. All that stuff is behind me. I could [not] really care less." Playing on a one-year contract before he hits unrestricted free agency, Monroe is a solid mid-round draft target for fantasy owners.
Sep 30 - 1:52 PM

LeBron James said his back has been "iffy" at the start of training camp.

While James did say that he may sit out the Cavs' second practice on Tuesday, he has yet to miss any practice sessions thus far. James also added that he's doing pretty well in terms of picking up head coach David Blatt's offense and that he will let his kids decide on whether or not he'll go back to his pregame powder toss this year. While King James may see his usage rate take a hit alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love this year, he's still a safe selection with the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 1:43 PM

Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes.
Sep 30 - 1:34 PM

Dion Waiters said that he wants LeBron James to take him under his wing this season.

Singled out by James as one of the players he's looking forward to teaming up with, Waiters is embracing the opportunity to learn from the best. The 22-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 2013-14 and could serve as a late-round steal if he's able to step up his game with King James as his mentor.
Sep 30 - 1:01 PM




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