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Jimmy Butler said that Rajon Rondo has impressed him early on in camp.

"He’s super-smart. He really sees things before they even develop out there on the basketball floor, so it makes everybody’s job a lot easier," Butler said. "And not only is he leading the team on offense, but he’s constantly talking on defense, so he’s letting everybody know where they have to be." Rondo's numbers in Sacramento were impressive with 11.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, but the Kings led the NBA in pace last season and he will now have to share the ball with Butler and Dwyane Wade in Chicago. Some regression seems inevitable, but he's still an option in the middle rounds if you don't mind his shooting percentages.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 27 - 9:42 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't decided who will start at power forward this season.

Hoiberg simply called it an "open competition" and hinted that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will all spend some time with the first unit during the preseason. Mirotic is viewed as the favorite to start because the Bulls will need him to space the floor, but all three bigs should have a role. However, it's worth noting that Gibson will be a trade candidate this season because he is in the final year of a deal that will play him nearly $9 million, a bargain in today's NBA (ask Timofey Mozgov).
Source: Bulls Blog
Sep 27 - 9:32 PM

Jimmy Butler said he enjoyed playing with Robin Lopez at camp on Tuesday.

"I got a wide open layup because he sealed everyone off," said Butler. "The way he’s crashing the boards, sets incredible screens, and he can shoot it a little bit. He has great hands, nice footwork. He’s going to be big. Everyone is going to love him.’’ Coach Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to Lopez as the starting center, but that just means he's keeping an open mind. He's still the heavy favorite to start and is a solid mid-round pick after averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season.
Source: Bulls Blog
Sep 27 - 9:22 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Jazz coach Quin Snyder hinted on Monday that he hasn't decided if he will start Rodney Hood or Joe Johnson.

To be clear, Hood is the heavy favorite to keep his starting job and is coming off a breakout season with averages of 14.5 points, 3.4 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 42.0 percent shooting. The wing rotation could be pretty crowded with Johnson in the mix and Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) returning from injury, but Hood is stil the SG for fantasy owners to target in Utah for his mid-round upside.
Sep 27 - 9:06 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said that his shooting is getting "a lot better."

"The more work you build in, the more muscle memory kicks in," RHJ Said. He's been spending "30 to 40 minutes a day" on his shot after hitting 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) of his jumpers last season. He's still a bit raw on the offensive end, but his defensive stats are intriguing -- he had per-36 minute averages of 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.9 blocks. He's expected to start and log heavy minutes on the wings, making him an interesting sleeper in fantasy drafts. It also helps that he is one of the few building blocks that the Nets have.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 27 - 8:45 PM

Pascal Siakam has been "turning heads" at training camp according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

Siakam could end up getting minutes right away because the backup center role is up for grabs. Additionally, Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been singing his praises in camp and it sounds like they want him to start at power forward as soon as the 2017-18 season. His dynasty stock is clearly on the rise, but he won't have immediate value in re-draft formats this season.
Sep 27 - 8:23 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said the starting SF role is "up for grabs."

Otto Porter is the clear favorite to start, but it's the only position on the roster that isn't set in stone. Kelly Oubre only averaged 3.7 points, 2.1 boards and 0.4 3-pointers in 10.7 minutes per game last season, but his role is expected to grow under Brooks. For now, Oubre is just a stash in dynasty leagues while Porter is an easy mid-round target.
Sep 27 - 8:15 PM

Shabazz Napier will only be used in emergency situations this year.

The Blazers only have two true point guards on their roster in Damian Lillard and Napier, but C.J. McCollum and Evan Turner will share the backup PG duties. This isn't really a surprise considering Napier has career averages of 4.4 points on 36.1 percent shooting.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 27 - 7:51 PM

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that Evan Turner will share backup point guard duties with CJ McCollum.

It's the right decision for Portland because Shabazz Napier has really struggled at the NBA level. Turner is considered the favorite to start at SF, but will face a lot of competition from Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless. Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 turnovers on 45.6 percent shooting with the Celtics last season, but his ceiling in standard leagues is limited because he doesn't take many 3-pointers.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 27 - 7:33 PM

Doc Rivers said that the battle for the starting small forward position in Los Angeles is "wide open."

Both Luc Mbah a Moute and Anderson got some reps with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, and Wes Johnson is also another option for Rivers. Last season, Rivers routinely changed the starting small forward based on matchups, and that could again be his strategy this season. This situation has timeshare written all over it, and is one that should be avoided in standard settings.
Sep 27 - 7:20 PM

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the starting SF role is "wide open."

Luc Mbah a Moute and Alan Anderson both spent time with the first unit on the opening day of camp, but Wes Johnson should also be in the mix as well. As for Paul Pierce, he's expected to see most of his minutes as the backup PF. Even if Mbah a Moute wins the job, he won't be a fantasy option after averaging 3.5 points, 2.6 boards, 0.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks.
Sep 27 - 7:17 PM

Dwane Casey praised Brady Heslip for his basketball IQ and shooting abilities following Tuesday's practice.

Heslip and Fred VanVleet are currently competing for the final spot on Toronto's roster, but regardless of who makes the team, neither of these guys will have any fantasy value while the Raptors are at full strength.
Sep 27 - 7:14 PM

Ed Davis pulled himself out of Tuesday's practice after suffering an undisclosed injury.

We should have an update as to exactly what Davis is dealing with soon enough, but if he's forced into an extended absence, Mason Plumlee could be forced into heavy minutes for Portland. Davis only managed to contribute 11th round value in standard 9-cat leagues last season with averages of 6.5 points, 7.4 boards and 0.9 swats per contest, although those numbers could dip with Festus Ezeli (knee) likely to cut into Davis' playing time. Davis is only worth a late-round look in very deep leagues.
Sep 27 - 6:52 PM

Jake Layman (undisclosed injury) was withheld from participating in Tuesday's practice.

We'll be on the lookout for an update as to exactly what Layman is dealing with, but healthy or not, he won't be worth drafting anywhere as he's not expected to be a regular part of the Blazers' rotation his rookie season.
Sep 27 - 6:47 PM

Festuz Ezeli (knee) did some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

Ezeli is still in recovering from a procedure that was performed on his surgically repaired left knee this offseason, and he's currently without an official timetable to return. Once he does get back to the court, he'll play limited minutes behind Mason Plumlee, so there's no reason to invest in Ezeli in most formats.
Sep 27 - 6:42 PM



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