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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

Coach Brad Stevens said Terry Rozier's improvement this year "just stands out right now."

"Terry’s a different guy in Year 2 than he was in the first couple of days in Year 1," Stevens said. He's easily been the most hyped Celtic in the offseason, turning in a magnificent Summer League and showing he can run the offense. Rozier might even be a better bet to handle the ball more in the second unit over Marcus Smart. He's also said he wants all of Evan Turner's minutes. He's turning into a last-round flier in competitive leagues.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 30 - 8:32 PM

Bradley Beal (concussion) will have a 45-minute workout on Friday and is expected to practice on Saturday.

It sounds like he's through the protocol. Assuming everything goes well in practice, Beal should be ready to roll for the preseason opener on Tuesday. He's worth a look in the middle rounds.
Sep 30 - 7:22 PM

Ian Mahinmi (knee soreness) will not practice on Friday after banging his knee earlier this week.

The Wizards used some sort of electric stimulation on Mahinmi's knee before Friday's practice. He had lots of back and knee problems last year and has been hurt quite a bit in his career. For now, consider Mahinmi day-to-day. He's not worth drafting in almost any league.
Sep 30 - 7:15 PM

When asked about taking on some of Evan Turner's minutes, Terry Rozier said he "really [wants] them all."

Isaiah Thomas has even said he might lose some minutes to Rozier this season, so Rozier is easily the favorite to take on most of Turner's minutes. The second-year guard from Louisville was fantastic at Summer League and can play both guard spots. He's someone all fantasy owners should be watching, but is only worth a deep-league flier these days.
Sep 30 - 6:53 PM

Dario Saric is expected to have a bigger role to start the season.

The loss of Ben Simmons (foot) means Saric will now get most of his minutes at the four, which is where he saw almost all of his minutes in his professional career. Coach Brett Brown has talked about spacing the floor and Saric is a playmaker at 6'10", so he could have a solid start to his season. He's now worth drafting in all standard leagues to see what happens.
Sep 30 - 6:45 PM

Ben Simmons has suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Oh no. The details are still coming, but the bad news just won't stop for the 76ers. It was believed Simmons just had an ankle sprain, but obviously the news is much worse. For now, Simmons should be considered doubtful for the regular season opener. Dario Saric just became a player worth drafting in all standard leagues while Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington and basically the entire rotation gains value. We'll pass along any information as it becomes available.
Sep 30 - 6:23 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh said he guesses his career in Miami is over, but not his NBA career.

The Heat and Bosh are having an ugly breakup here. Bosh said he found out Pat Riley would not bring him back through the media. The Heat did say on Friday they tried to reach Bosh on via phone, text and email.
Sep 30 - 6:17 PM

Bradley Beal (concussion) was not in uniform for Friday night's practice.

It sounds like he's still in the concussion protocol. The Wizards will kick off their preseason on Tuesday against the Heat and Beal should be considered questionable for that one. He's talked about taking 20 shots per game this season, so it'll be worthwhile to see what new tricks he has up his sleeve as a scorer. Beal is a risky pick in the middle rounds.
Sep 30 - 6:10 PM



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