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Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will play against the Suns on Friday.

He reported some soreness after Wednesday's win, so coach Frank Vogel will try to limit him to 25 minutes. Expect the Magic to do some damage on offense and get Payton in your season-long lineups.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 07:39:00 PM

Frank Jackson (ankle) has minor restrictions for training camp, according to general manager Dell Demps.

The GM added that Jackson is cleared, though. A left ankle sprain in the first half of summer league ended his time at the end, but he looked extremely explosive with 13 points in the first half. The Pelicans led the NBA in pace last year and it's no guarantee that Elfrid Payton can hold the job, so maybe Jackson can push for minutes. For now, he's only a late-round flier in the deepest of leagues.
Sep 21 - 3:07 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. is "two or three or four times better" in strength and conditioning than this time last year.

"I don’t think there’s anyone faster of the dribble in the NBA," Carlisle added. DSJ finds himself in a great spot for success with the Mavs making changes along with more help. He was 14th percentile on guarded jumpers last year, but he was 94th percentile on unguarded jumpers. If he can play well off the ball next to Luka Doncic, DSJ could be in for a big turnaround in efficiency. He tends to slide in drafts, so give him a long look in the late-mid rounds.
Sep 21 - 3:04 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN, the Wolves are shutting down trade requests for Jimmy Butler and telling teams that "Butler’s an elite player and the franchise intends to keep him."

This lines up with Woj's previous report which stated coach Tom Thibodeau has no interest in trading Butler and wants to try and return to the playoffs with him in the lineup. At least for now, it seems clear that the Wolves are intent on standing pat. It's obviously a risk, as they could lose Butler for nothing when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. Woj also adds that: "As the case with past trades involving Minnesota stars Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, owner Glen Taylor will be a major part of the process on deciding whether to move Butler this season."
Sep 21 - 11:35 AM

Phoenix has "asked about" Tyus Jones, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

The Suns are in need of an established point guard, as the only PG's currently on the roster are Elie Okobo, De'Anthony Melton, Shaquille Harrison and Isaiah Canaan. A trade to Phoenix would dramatically boost Jones's fantasy stock. Such a deal would also mean more minutes for Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose in Minnesota. Thus, this is certainly a situation to keep an eye on.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 11:10 AM

Lonzo Ball (left meniscus) has been "100 percent cleared" by the Lakers medical staff, but GM Rob Pelinka couldn't guarantee he'll play on opening night.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said recently that Ball wouldn't participate in 5-on-5 scrimmages at the start of camp, which Pelinka basically confirmed. "Because [Ball] hasn’t played NBA 5-on-5 for four or five months, there is a progression to come back," he said. Magic Johnson praised Ball's dedication to studying film this offseason, but his fantasy value is clouded by the health of his knee and the arrival of ball-dominant veterans LeBron James and Rajon Rondo.
Sep 20 - 6:35 PM

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce won't rule out the possibility of giving John Collins and Omari Spellman minutes at center this season.

Pierce added that center isn't either player's "natural position," and the center spot is already somewhat busy with Dewayne Dedmon, Miles Plumlee and Alex Len in the mix. Collins shouldn't need run at the five to earn 32+ minutes, but this is one more reason to love him as a breakout fantasy player.
Sep 20 - 4:26 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle fracture) will not be cleared for training camp and will be re-evaluated in late September.

Dedmon suffered an avulsion fracture in late August -- it's "not considered serious" but the rebuilding Hawks have no incentive to rush back their veteran big man. With Miles Plumlee and Alex Len in the frontcourt, and coach Lloyd Pierce open to giving John Collins and Omari Spellman minutes at center, Dedmon is an unlikely fantasy target unless he's traded.
Sep 20 - 4:23 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti said the team won't rush Russell Westbrook back from knee surgery.

He added that the Thunder have never pushed a player to hit a specific date in recovering from injury, and that he won’t start now by rushing Westbrook to be ready for game one. The Thunder announced that Westbrook would be re-evaluated in four weeks on Sept. 12, so it's not a surprise that he'll likely miss some time to start the season. Paul George's fantasy arrow is pointing up and it makes sense for Westbrook's owners to handcuff him with Dennis Schroder.
Sep 20 - 12:25 PM

Knicks President Steve Mills said on Thursday that there is still no timeline for Kristaps Porzingis (knee) to play this season.

To be clear, Porzingis will be re-evaluated by the medical staff this week, so we'll get another update soon. Mills wouldn't rule out Porzingis missing the entire season when asked earlier this week, saying that he's not going jeopardize his long-term future. As for a contract extension, Knicks GM Scott Perry declined to talk about it but was adamant that Porzingis is a "very important part" of New York's future.
Sep 20 - 11:23 AM

Brandon Knight underwent surgery on his left knee according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

Charania adds that this was just a "cleanup," but this is the third surgery he's had on his left knee since his ACL tear -- he had another "cleanup" two months ago. The Rockets brought in Knight to reduce Chris Paul's workload, but they may not have that luxury early in the season because there's no word of a timetable. He can't be trusted in fantasy leagues.
Sep 20 - 10:27 AM

In a video for the Players' Tribune, Markelle Fultz finally revealed his new jumper.

The video (linked below) opens with Fultz draining 3-pointers. It's a different release than the one he had at Washington which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as his trainer Drew Hanlen rebuilt his jumper from the ground up. If anything, the release looks smooth and quick, so Philly fans have every reason to be excited. Anybody can hit open shots in a gym, so we'll see if this new jumper has some success in the preseason.
Sep 20 - 10:08 AM




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