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Salah Mejri (knee) will not play in Saturday's preseason opener.

Mejri is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and it sounds like he's questionable for opening night. If Mejri isn't ready, we should see a lot more Dwight Powell at the five behind Andrew Bogut, while rookie A.J. Hammons may get some run as well.
Oct 1 - 10:57 AM

Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Devin Harris will not play in Saturday's preseason opener.

They aren't even traveling with the team, but there are no injuries to report. Coach Rick Carlisle is simply giving them a recovery day, so the younger guys should get plenty of minutes on Saturday.
Source: ESPN
Oct 1 - 10:53 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that James Johnson brings toughness and versatility to the Heat lineup.

"That’s what we’ve always respected about his game. He’s a big, physical wing that can guard multiple positions," Spoelstra said. "But I’ve also been encouraged by his offensive versatility. You can put the ball in his hands and he can make plays. You can use him as a screener. You can put him down low. You can put him out in the perimeter, and he finds a way to make an impact." There are suddenly a ton of minutes up for grabs with Chris Bosh out of the picture, so Johnson's ability to rack up defensive stats could make him an interesting target in deeper leagues if he makes some noise during the preseason.
Oct 1 - 10:40 AM

Dennis Schroder (ankle) will not participate in the Hawks' scrimmage on Saturday.

He's expected to be re-evaluated in the next couple days, and the good news is that the injury isn't considered serious. Jarrett Jack (knee) and Paul Millsap (knee) obviously won't play as well. Schroder should be considered day-to-day, while Jack and Millsap are week-to-week.
Oct 1 - 10:16 AM

Clint Capela reportedly made over 2,500 free throws per week during the summer.

This is an encouraging report considering he hit just 37.9 percent of his free throws last season. While coach Mike D'Antoni isn't going to hand the starting job to Capela, he's the heavy favorite to start on opening night. Nene can't handle a big workload, so Capela could potentially play close to 30 minutes per night. He's a sleeper at the center spot for owners targeting boards and blocks.
Source: ESPN
Oct 1 - 10:09 AM

Mike D’Antoni said that Nene is "looking good" and "playing well" at training camp.

"He physically feels good, his body feels good," D'Antoni said. "He’s in shape, he’s at a good weight. Nene is one of the better players in the league -- one of the best centers in the league when he’s healthy, and he’s healthy." There has been some talk about Nene challenging Clint Capela for the starting role, but given his injury history and age, he will more than likely come off the bench. After averaging 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks on 54 percent shooting for Washington last year, Nene is only on the radar in deeper formats.
Source: ESPN
Oct 1 - 10:03 AM

Taj Gibson said he worked on extending his shooting range this offseason.

Nikola Mirotic is the favorite to start at power forward simply for his floor spacing, but this report should help Gibson earn significant minutes in Chicago. He's expected to spend time at both the four and five, so that will help as well. Gibson averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game last season, so he's just a late-round option. To be clear, coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't decided on a starting lineup yet.
Oct 1 - 9:39 AM

Joel Embiid is expected to start the preseason opener on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Coach Brett Brown was planning on starting Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons (foot) and Embiid, but it's likely that Dario Saric replaces the injured Simmons. It's unclear how many minutes Embiid will see on Tuesday, but his fantasy arrow is clearly pointing up with this report. The outlooks of Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel aren't looking so great at the moment.
Oct 1 - 9:21 AM

Jaylen Brown played ahead of R.J. Hunter and James Young in Friday's scrimmage.

A September scrimmage doesn't really mean anything, but these three players are likely fighting for the last rotation spot. Brown is capable of playing minutes at the four, which could help his case a bunch to help lineup versatility. Regardless, he's not going to have much fantasy value this year and isn't a top-five rookie in re-draft leagues.
Sep 30 - 11:56 PM

Gerald Green (hip pointer) did not scrimmage on Friday.

He is getting better and should be ready for action next week. The Celtics have talked Green's shooting helping out their second unit, but he'll have to earn minutes.
Sep 30 - 11:54 PM

Julius Randle (mouth) didn't need stitches for his mouth injury on Friday.

He's fine. Randle showed up to camp in better shape and there's talk of him showing more quickness. He's a capable scorer and even improved his pre-break 46.9 true shooting percentage to 50.7 post-break -- he has a long way to go, though. If the Lakers do indeed give backup center minutes to Yi Jianlian, that would hurt Randle's ceiling.
Sep 30 - 11:43 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len said he's trying to find a balance between blocking shots and staying vertical.

"Sometimes, you just jump vertical. Sometimes, you just got to go block that [expletive]," Len said. The Ukrainian big man saw his block rate get cut in half last year, which really took a lot of his fantasy appeal away. On top of that, he really struggled as a scorer. He does have some post-hype appeal because he's a solid foul shooter, so keep an eye on him at camp.
Sep 30 - 11:26 PM

Coach Jason Kidd said replacing Khris Middleton (hamstring) will be done by a committee.

Obviously the Bucks are going to have a tough time replacing arguably their second best player -- you could make a case for him being the most important given the lack of shooting in their first unit. Rashad Vaughn will get the first crack at starting, but Michael Carter-Williams and Jason Terry could help out. Malcolm Brogdon sounds like he's got some work to do, though. Most fantasy owners can steer clear here.
Sep 30 - 11:13 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs won't stretch minutes for players too much on Saturday and he thinks he'll play more of the young guys.

For now, it seems like Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, Dirk Nowitzki and Salah Mejri won't play. Carlisle said he wasn't going announce any inactives until Saturday night.
Sep 30 - 9:41 PM

Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic played together during scrimmages on Thursday and Friday.

A lot of this is due to Serge Ibaka (knee) getting some time off, but coach Frank Vogel did like it. "Our system is conducive to playing with two bigs," Vogel said. "Biz will guard the other team's four and switch whatever actions necessary." If Biyombo can get a handful of minutes next to Vooch, that would make him worthy of a late-round draft pick. If you whiffed on blocks, he's worth a look late.
Sep 30 - 8:50 PM



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