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Courtney Lee will open the season in the Grizzlies' starting lineup, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

With Nick Calathes out for the first 20 games of the season due to a suspension, Lee and Tony Allen will serve as the starting SG and SF for the Grizzlies. Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers with the Grizzlies last season and is now a solid late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
Oct 21 - 12:01 PM

Celtics waive F Christin Watford.

In a move that won't cause even the smallest of ripples across the fantasy basketball landscape, the Celtics have parted ways with the Indiana University alum, according to head coach Brad Stevens. While the 23-year-old could still hook on with an NBA team at some point this season, he's not a player who fantasy owners need to store in their memory banks.
Oct 21 - 11:51 AM

Kevin Durant (foot) said that he's excited for the opportunity that Russell Westbrook has to lead the Thunder while KD recovers from foot surgery.

While Westbrook has his critics in the media, his teammate is not one of them. "He's going to do a great job," Durant said. "I'm not worried about Russ. I'm excited for the opportunity he has right now." Durant represents a risky fantasy pick due to his uncertain timetable, so we wouldn't blame risk-averse fantasy owners for letting last year's MVP fall to another owner. However, owners willing to roll the dice on the 26-year-old in the first round may very well find themselves at the top of their league standings due to Durant's enormous upside.
Oct 21 - 11:25 AM

Greg Stiemsma is still battling for the Raptors' final roster spot.

In the Raptors' version of Thunderdome, three men will enter and only one will be left standing. Only one of Stiemsma, Jordan Hamilton, and Will Cherry will make the Raptors' final roster cut on Monday and head coach Dwayne Casey said the decision will be "a good debate with the coaching staff and management." Even if Stiemsma hooks on with the Raptors, he won't provide much fantasy value as a a reserve player.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 21 - 11:15 AM

Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said that Jabari Parker reminds him of Grant Hill.

Besides their shared Duke background, Kidd sees a few similarities between Hill and Parker. "He's got a quick first step. What I like is he tries to make the right play to his teammates," Kidd said. "It's not always about scoring. He wants to win; he cheers his teammates on. That's kind of cool to see." Parker has had a strong preseason and should have no problem returning fantasy value as an early-middle round selection.
Oct 21 - 11:03 AM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is considering rescheduling some marquee games in order to grow the league's audience in China.

As the NBA unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports education in China, Silver said the league may reschedule some U.S. East Coast games in the morning so they can be seen live in China, which is seen as one of the sport’s biggest growth markets. "I think it will make sense to play some of our games in the East Coast in the morning, so that viewers in China can watch those games in primetime," Silver said.
Source: Variety
Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection.
Oct 21 - 10:41 AM

The Washington Wizards are close to signing G John Lucas III, according to league sources.

With Brad Beal set to miss six weeks, Lucas would provide the Wizards with some much-need backcourt depth. The 31-year-old owns career averages of just 4.8 points, 1.0 boards, and 1.4 assists, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent if and when he signs with the Wizards.
Source: ESPN
Oct 21 - 10:28 AM

Amare Stoudemire said he has rediscovered his love of basketball.

Stoudemire has dealt with injuries for the better part of three seasons, but the 32-year-old feels like he's turned a corner. "My joy is there. My love of the game is there," said Stoudemire. "I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging." STAT should have a better season than the 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds that he averaged in 2013-14, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues at the moment.
Oct 21 - 10:15 AM

LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

18.4 percent of surveyed fans named James their favorite NBA player, which almost doubled the 9.4 percent vote he received in 2010-11 due to The Decision. While the years have likely softened some voters, a return to his hometown Cavaliers likely accounted for a jump among voters aged 35-54. The popularity vote won't help his fantasy value, but James should still be the first player selected in fantasy drafts with Kevin Durant injured.
Source: ESPN
Oct 21 - 9:57 AM

Nolan Smith is likely to be waived by Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League.

Smith signed with the Turkish team in August, but was sent to Galatasaray's young team after a discussion with coach Ergin Ataman. The Duke alum is still just 26 years old, but the fact that he can't hook on overseas pushes him even further from a return to the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Oct 21 - 9:32 AM

Gerald Wallace is expecting to play less minutes this season and is willing to accept that role.

After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to figure out what Wallace's role is, the 13-year veteran said he's willing to accept whatever role comes his way. "I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do," Wallace said. "We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it." With Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and James Young crowding the Celtics' wing, Wallace likely won't see enough minutes to provide fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Oct 21 - 9:11 AM

Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin.

Griffin had been competing for one of the Mavericks' final roster spots after a strong showing at Las Vegas Summer League, but it looks like he's reached the end of the line in Dallas. While the 24-year-old may hook on with another team, he won't provide much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 9:04 AM

Kyle Anderson started with multiple Spurs starters out in Monday's 106-99 exhibition win over the Kings, scoring 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

It's not fair but Anderson falling to the Spurs looks like another win for the organization. He won't have any fantasy value to start the year but keep his name in your mental Rolodex for down the line.
Oct 21 - 12:22 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM



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