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Eric Bledsoe said the Suns players are "definitely going to have to make sacrifices this season."

"That's one of the biggest things we're going to have to do," Bledsoe said. Presumably, the Suns' only 20 points-per-game scorer last season is saying the guards will have to share the ball due to the emergence of Devin Booker. While the Suns are exploring Booker at small forward on occasion, it would be a big surprise to see him start there -- even with P.J. Tucker (back) out. For now, it seems like Brandon Knight is the best bet to move to a bench combo guard role. Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history, but he's still a fine pick as a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
Sep 26 - 2:20 PM

Phil Jackson said that Mindaugas Kuzminskas has a "fluid game."

"A good shooter from the outside, can shoot the 3-pointer, runs the court well, makes the passes you’d expect of a knowledgeable player," Jackson said of his new acquisition. "He can play the 3. Jeff [Hornacek] even mentioned he’s talented enough to play a guard role. He’s going to be a process but we like what we see.’’ Kuzminskas isn't expected to be in the rotation right away, but a strong camp could change things. It's important to take these preseason quotes with a grain of salt.
Sep 26 - 2:13 PM

LeBron James is optimistic something will get done with free agent J.R. Smith "sooner than later."

There really has never been any serious doubt on Smith coming back to Cleveland. Smith has said he still wants to get a deal done with the Cavs and he's been in Cleveland recently. Considering how Mo Williams is going to retire, the Cavs need depth at guard. Smith is a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:12 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Dion Waiters is in "terrific shape."

"He really committed the last few weeks to get into world-class shape, Miami Heat shape, better shape than he's ever been in in his life," Spoelstra said. "That's the first step." Waiters arrived in Miami at 234 pounds and 10 percent body fat, and said he's now down to 222 pounds and 7.5 percent body fat. Chris Bosh has likely played his last game for the Heat and Josh Richardson (knee) could be limited right out of the gate, so Waiters should have a large role in the offense. His upside is low, so he's just a late-round flier in deeper leagues for now.
Sep 26 - 2:08 PM

Dario Saric said he could play some small-ball center and expects to play mostly power forward.

That sounds about right. Saric's skill set is more geared to be a power forward, but obviously Ben Simmons will get major burn at that spot. The 76ers could use Simmons as a point guard, so it's still possible Simmons and Saric could get a handful of minutes together. He will have to improve on his shooting, but Saric could have a decent impact in his rookie year. He's more of a last-round flier in standard leagues. We'll obviously be watching him very closely at camp.
Sep 26 - 2:07 PM

Coach Mike Malone said having Wilson Chandler (hip) back is "such a blessing."

The 29-year-old forward missed the entire year last season due to hip surgery. He's also been somewhat injury prone in his career, missing an average of 51 games per seasons since 2011-12. The Nuggets will likely want to use him in smaller lineups as a stretch four at times, but there's no reason to draft him in almost any format yet.
Sep 26 - 1:54 PM

Coach Mike Malone said he expects Emmanuel Mudiay to be more vocal this year.

The coach added his starting point guard has been working extremely hard. After a horrific start to his career from an efficiency standpoint, Mudiay put in a ton of work to tweak his shot mechanics. His post-break true shooting percentage (47.7) was 7.0 percentage points better than pre-break (40.7), so there is a chance he can get over the 50.0 hump there. The inefficiency makes him a risk, but he has upside late in standard drafts. He's even more appealing in points leagues.
Sep 26 - 1:50 PM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey views Patrick Patterson as the team's "sixth starter."

Jared Sullinger will get the first shot at the starting PF role, but it obviously sounds like Patterson will comfortably see minutes in the 20s. Patterson is playing for a new deal, but he's not a great fantasy target after averaging 6.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 treys in 25.6 minutes per game last season.
Sep 26 - 1:45 PM

Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray will have some growing pains.

He added the Nuggets are prepared to endure the early-career struggles. Murray only played one season at Kentucky and most young score-first guards take some time to adjust to the NBA, so it would be a surprise to see have a big rookie season -- Devin Booker not withstanding. Murray has always aid he wanted to play some point, but he's had a sub-1.0 assist:turnover ratio at UK and at Summer League. Growing pains aside, Murray could be a difference maker in the next few seasons.
Sep 26 - 1:39 PM

Courtney Lee is expecting to take more 3-pointers this season.

"I think my 3-point attempt numbers will increase, because of our style of play," Lee said. "My teams in the past have played more through the post." The Knicks are expected to push the pace under Jeff Hornacek, and Lee has virtually no competition at shooting guard other than Justin Holiday -- the Knicks also don't plan on using Derrick Rose next to Brandon Jennings much. Lee has a nice floor in fantasy and is a solid pick in the later rounds for owners targeting points, steals and treys.
Sep 26 - 1:38 PM

Coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets "have two young bigs that can play together."

In other words, it sounds like he's open to playing Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together. In the last 11 games, Jokic played 12 percent of his minutes next to Nurkic. What's more, that combo had a positive net rating and looked good against bigger teams. While the Nuggets aren't likely to unleash Nurkic due to his injury history, his per-minute output makes him a very intriguing pick in the later rounds after the reliable bigs come off the board.
Sep 26 - 1:32 PM

Coach Mike Malone said he won't reveal his starting power forward for the season opener.

He did say he knows the answer here, but he's going to keep it in house. Malone added he wants a lot of competition for that spot. Back in August, Malone said there is a "good chance" Kenneth Faried starts, so he's a heavy favorite. Nikola Jokic is fully expected to start at center, but the Nuggets could additionally use him as a non-starting power forward next to Jusuf Nurkic depending on game flow and matchups. Faried is more of a later-round pick these days.
Sep 26 - 1:24 PM

Mo Williams has informed the Cavaliers that he will retire.

Wait, what? Williams tweeted on Sept. 21 that he's coming back for one more year, so it's not clear why he suddenly changed his mind with camp starting up. This obviously leaves the Cavs in a bad spot and rookie Kay Felder will have to step up as the backup PG behind Kyrie Irving. The Cavs will likely take a long look at the free agent pool for PGs as well, especially with Mario Chalmers on the open market.
Sep 26 - 1:20 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starting lineup is set except for the center position.

Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert will compete for the starting role, but Clifford simply said that they will both "play a lot." Neither player has much upside and Hibbert has been a ghost for the past two years, so a potential timeshare won't help. This is a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore. In case it needs to be said, Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are the confirmed starters at 1-4.
Sep 26 - 1:13 PM

Malik Beasley (leg) will be ready for training camp.

The No. 19 pick in the draft had a rod inserted into his leg last season at Florida State and didn't play in the summer league, but it's great to see him back. With that said, he's facing an uphill battle for playing time with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray ahead of him on the depth chart. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 1:07 PM



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