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The Jazz will start Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, and Rudy Gobert in Game 1 vs. Oklahoma City.

Just like the Thunder, the Jazz will roll with their traditional starting five to begin the playoffs.
Apr 15 - 5:42 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said De'Aaron Fox is the Kings' "franchise guy."

"I think he is and I think everybody kind of agrees on that," Joerger said. "Yet we’re still waiting on other guys as they develop and rise up in their careers." Joerger also said that the Kings are changing their schemes to play younger guys and to play faster, which Fox addressed. "Push the​ ball," Fox said about what the coach told him. Fox also hit the weight room to get stronger, and it sounds like he'll be given every opportunity to shine this year. He's high-upside player to take in the second half of drafts.
Sep 25 - 11:26 AM

Skal Labissiere said he’s added 20 pounds in the offseason.

He hired a chef to focus on healthy eating, and he traveled less while hitting the weight room instead. This year is a big season for Skal because the Kings now have Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley III in the mix. With the Kings playing their younger guys, Labissiere should be in the rotation, but he's not a strong fantasy target just yet.
Sep 25 - 11:18 AM

Jrue Holiday has taken Frank Jackson under his wing this summer.

Jackson spent 3.5 weeks with Holiday and trainer Mike Guevara to help prepare for training camp. Jackson was also asked about getting over his ankle injury from Vegas. "I feel good and my body feels great. Nothing is bothering me," Jackson said. We have a very small sample on Jackson due to his injuries, but he sure showed upside in that one half. Apparently, Holiday is a believer as well, so keep an eye on Jackson in the preseason.
Sep 25 - 11:00 AM

Coach Dave Joerger said he's going to commit to giving the younger guys more playing time.

"We're excited about the young guys we have and we're going to commit to playing more young guys than we have in the past," Joerger said. Could it be? Could the Kings finally have learned how to develop their guys? If so, this could be wonderful news for the fantasy values of guys like De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles.
Sep 25 - 10:54 AM

Dwight Howard (back) is expected to miss Washington’s first practice, and possibly more sessions, as he deals with soreness in his back.

Not an ideal way to being training camp. Howard says the back pain is partly the result of traveling to China. "Airplanes weren’t made for tall people. It kind of sucks flying 15 hours curled up in the fetal position. Just a minor setback, but should take that long for me to get back on the court. I’ve been feeling great all summer. Just something that we’ll have to deal with, but it shouldn’t keep me out too long." Howard is downplaying the problem, but he does have a history of back problems, having undergone surgery in 2012 to repair a herniated disc. We'll keep an eye on this situation over the next couple of weeks.
Sep 25 - 10:49 AM

Coach Scott Brooks made it clear that he wants Otto Porter to take more 3-pointers this season.

The Wizard coaching staff wants to increase their 3-points attempts in 2017-18, and Porter is the team's best shooter. Brook's instructions to Porter: "Shoot the ball every time you get an open shot. Do not hesitate." Brooks added: "He's one of the best perimeter shooters in the league, and we need more threes. We've been trying to do that for two years, and we've got one of our best shooters passing up shots." An increase in 3-point attempts will lift Porter's fantasy stock.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 25 - 9:29 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday.

The good news is that it won't be a long-term absence, but Bogdanovic is probably going to miss the first couple weeks of the season. He averaged 11.8 points, 1.7 triples, 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season and gives the Kings another ball-handler to take the pressure off De'Aaron Fox, so he's worth stashing if you have an IR spot. Buddy Hield has a clear path to 30+ minutes right out of the gate.
Sep 24 - 8:59 PM

Moe Harkless (knee surgery) has still not been cleared for 5-on-5 work.

Harkless underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late-March and missed about a month of action before returning for two playoff games, although he didn't look quite right and sat out Portland's Game 4 loss to New Orleans. It's not a great sign that he's still recovering from what is typically a relatively minor procedure, and there's a chance this could impact his status for the regular season. If he's forced to begin the year on the sidelines, that would translate to more run for Evan Turner and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Sep 24 - 5:01 PM

Jimmy Butler took his physical in Minnesota on Monday and head coach Tom Thibodeau said he's "about a week away" from being game-ready from a conditioning standpoint.

Butler had a minor procedure performed on his right (shooting) hand back in July, but it sounds like he's fully recovered from that, and now just needs to get his conditioning right. Thibs made it clear that he's not only listening to offers from the three teams Butler listed in his initial trade request, and that he'll ultimately do what's best for the Timberwolves franchise. It's been reported that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor would like to get a deal done before Tuesday, so things could move along very quickly here.
Sep 24 - 4:26 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that the starting center position in Chicago will be an "open competition" at training camp.

Wendell Carter Jr. will be competing with Robin Lopez for the starting center position, but regardless of who comes out on top of this battle initially, WCJ is essentially guaranteed to close out the year as the starting five-man in Chicago. Lopez could be an attractive trade chip, as a capable center on an expiring deal, and it doesn't make a ton of sense for the 30-year-old to be a part of this rebuild. Carter Jr. could get off to a semi-slow start if he doesn't begin the year as a starter, but we expect him to finish strong.
Sep 24 - 4:01 PM

Brandon Knight will miss both training camp and the preseason due to an "infection."

It sounds like Knight's left knee may have got infected after his latest procedure, which provides further evidence for why we wouldn't recommend drafting him anywhere. He's been unable to stay on the court throughout his career and his outlook this season isn't very promising as he won't be anything more than Chris Paul's backup.
Sep 24 - 2:50 PM




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