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David Fizdale said that "no one" could keep James Ennis "off the glass" during Wednesday's practice, and that his "motor was incredible."

Ennis said he focused on improving his ball handling skills and 3-point shooting this offseason, and it's worth pointing out that he's familiar with his head coach as he began his career in Miami where Fizdale served as an assistant on Erik Spoelstra's staff. Ennis had a nice stretch in April last year where he averaged 17.0 points, 1.7 steals and 2.6 triples per game, so he'll be a name to watch if Chandler Parsons ever goes down with an injury.
Sep 29 - 7:35 PM

Kyle Lowry is expected to opt out of his contract at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

As an 11-year veteran, Lowry could potentially haul in a five-year, $196 million contract, so him opting out makes perfect sense. He's coming off a career-year in which he put up first-round value behind averages of 21.2 points, 4.7 boards, 6.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 2.8 triples and 2.9 turnovers per game on 42.7 percent shooting, and he should be able to return to those numbers entering a contract year. Look his way towards the end of Round 1.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 7:19 PM

Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's feeling good, both mentally and physically.

Leonard is hoping for a bounce-back year after an unfortunate injury riddled 2015-16 campaign, and he believes it's not fair to judge him yet as he's just 24 years old. "I think it’ll be fair to judge me when I’m 27," Leonard said. He is a unique talent in that he can both defend the paint and spread the floor with his 3-point shooting, but he also failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity last year. He's not worth much more than a late-round selection in deep leagues.
Sep 29 - 7:01 PM

Nerlens Noel believes that he and Ben Simmons can make for a great defensive duo.

"I think we complement each other very well, especially on the defensive end," Noel said. "He's definitely a lockdown type defender that digs in." Noel's future with the 76ers franchise is uncertain, and he'll open up the year splitting minutes with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, so currently he's a rather dubious fantasy asset.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 29 - 6:47 PM

Doug McDermott said that he expects Jimmy Butler to be more aggressive drawing fouls this season.

"I think he’s shot like 15 free throws in each scrimmage," said McDermott of Butler. With Derrick Rose now in New York, the team in Chicago officially belongs to Jimmy Buckets, and he's been embracing that leadership role throughout camp. Yes, he'll face some competition for touches with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 guy in that offense, and should have little trouble returning second-round value.
Sep 29 - 6:33 PM

Alan Anderson (ankle, rest) did not participate during Thursday's practice as a precautionary measure.

Anderson struggled to stay on the court last season after being forced to undergo two surgeries on his left ankle, and it is a bit concerning that this is still an issue at all considering that his last procedure was on October 13 of 2015. He's likely locked into a three-way timeshare with Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute, so there's no reason to burn a draft pick on Anderson in any setting.
Sep 29 - 6:11 PM

Brett Brown confirmed that he intends to play Dario Saric and Ben Simmons together.

"I think the pluses are you have 6-10 do-alls that really can jump into a very versatile defensive world with perhaps a lot of switching," Brown said of the Saric-Simmons pairing. "I think they are elite defensive rebounders that can rebound, lead a break, and take off." Brown hopes that Saric can get comfortable playing out of position at small forward, and he's determined to use training camp to develop some chemistry between the two lottery picks. It sounds like Brown plans to give quality run to Saric his rookie year, so targeting him towards the later rounds makes sense given his upside.
Sep 29 - 6:01 PM

Kevin Durant said that the Warriors have been encouraging him to be aggressive with his shot selection.

"I shot a lot today and Draymond [Green] told me I wasn’t aggressive enough. So that’s great for me," said Durant. "Just basically telling me to shoot more." Durant wouldn't put a specific number on the amount of shots he expects take night in night out, simply saying that some games he might shoot it 25 times and some nights he may attempt as little as seven, although we'd say it's a safe bet that most nights that number will be closer to 20. KD’s scoring numbers could see a minor dip this season, but his efficiency should be on the rise in Golden State. He’s a fine top-3 pick.
Sep 29 - 5:51 PM

Michael Malone said that he's been "impressed" with Kenneth Faried through the first five days of training camp.

"Kenneth is having an unbelievable camp," said Malone. "He's in great shape, and just how hard he's working. I've been very impressed with Kenneth and his mind set." Faried has tantalized the fantasy world with his uber-athleticism ever since he came into the league, but through five years of NBA experience, he just hasn't seemed to ever reach his potential. The Manimal was just a ninth-round guy last year and will be facing some increased competition for minutes this year from Jusuf Nurkic and Wilson Chandler, so he's really not worth much more than a late-round pick.
Sep 29 - 5:36 PM

Donatas Motiejunas reportedly hasn't had any extensive talks regarding his contract situation with the Rockets "in months."

Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent, but he just hasn't been generating any real interest anywhere, which could be due to the back issues that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season. If Motiejunas is able to strike a deal with Houston, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent as he'd have a minimal role in backing up Ryan Anderson.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 5:25 PM

Dwight Powell put on 15 pounds of muscle this offseason.

"It's useful weight," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's not just weight to be heavier. It's muscle, it's basketball weight. It's combination of strength and a little bit more dynamic thrust. It's going to help him." Powell now weighs 245 pounds, which should help him keep his position when battling in the low post. He signed a four-year, $37 million extension with the Mavs this summer, and Carlisle has said he expects him to be a regular part of the rotation, so he could be worth a late-round gamble in deep leagues.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 5:20 PM

Denzel Valentine said that he's been spending about 70 percent of his time on the wing, and 30 percent at the point guard position during training camp.

If Valentine can earn some run at the point in Chicago, that could make 20 minutes a night a more attainable goal, however he won't have much value while Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade are healthy. At this point, Valentine isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in really deep leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:55 PM

With Cameron Payne (foot) now out indefinitely, Semaj Christon's chances of making the opening night roster with the Thunder has improved.

Christon still wouldn't be anything more than the third-string point guard in OKC, with Ronnie Price set to soak up most of the reserve point guard minutes sans Payne, so he's not worth drafting anywhere.
Sep 29 - 4:48 PM

Cameron Payne could miss the first month of the regular season as he rehabs from an acute fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Foot injuries are tricky for NBA players, and given that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this offseason to correct the Jones fracture, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see the Thunder use extreme caution in bringing him back this time around. With Payne sidelines, Ronnie Price will become Russell Westbrook's primary backup, and Victor Oladipo could also spend some more time running the point. With an uncertain timetable, Payne is no longer worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Ty Lawson said that he's been hurt by the perception that he's not a good locker room guy.

"It’s been pretty hurtful, I guess," Lawson said. "Everybody thinks, ‘Ty’s a locker room wrecker,’ I don’t even say stuff in the locker room. I’m quiet, I’m chill. I feel like no one knows who I am." Once viewed as one of the premier point guards in the league, Lawson now finds himself on a minimum level deal in Sacramento trying to prove that he still belongs in the league. He could have some value early on while Darren Collison serves his suspension, but Lawson's long-term outlook isn't all that promising.
Sep 29 - 4:23 PM



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