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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

Russell Westbrook praised Domantas Sabonis following Tuesday's scrimmage.

"He's a man," Westbrook said of Sabonis. "He knows how to play the game. He knows how to pick his spots." Sabonis scored 14 points during Tuesday's scrimmage, and interestingly, he ran with a first-unit comprised of Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson and Steven Adams, although head coach Billy Donovan said that the lineups utilized weren't indicative of who will be starting when the regular season tips. OKC has a lot of depth up front, so it would be surprising to see Sabonis earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues during his rookie year.
Source: News OK
Sep 29 - 4:18 PM

Andrw Bogut said that he's ready to lockdown the paint for the Mavs this season.

"I think just bringing a paint presence defensively for us will be key for us," said Bogut. "Just making sure when guys come in that paint, especially early in games, that I’m contesting the shot, I’m blocking the shot, taking a charge or I’m fouling somebody." Bogut is a perpetual injury risk, but he can also be a sneaky late-round producer with his ability to offer above average assist totals (2.7) from the center position, and solid rebounding (8.1) and shot blocking (1.7) numbers. Still, he's only worth a late-round look on draft day if you're in need of some big man stats.
Sep 29 - 4:08 PM

Aaron Gordon (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

Head coach Frank Vogel said that Gordon is "antsy" to return to the court, and GM Rob Hennigan said he expects Gordon to suit up for the preseason, so it sounds like he'll be cleared sooner rather than later. Gordon had a nice post-break showing last season, putting up mid-round value behind averages of 12.0 points, 7.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 0.9 turnovers per game, and it's reasonable to expect across the board improvement this season as he's fully unleashed under Vogel.
Sep 29 - 3:59 PM

Elfrid Payton (hip flexor) did not participate during Thursday's practice.

Payton has plenty of time to get himself right before the regular season tips, so we're not very concerned about this injury impacting his status for opening night. With Victor Oladipo now in OKC, Payton will be more heavily relied upon to orchestrate the offense. However, the shooting percentages will more than likely remain an issue, so Payton's value will be stronger in points formats.
Sep 29 - 3:55 PM

Quincy Ford was back on the practice floor on Thursday after being withheld from Wednesday's practice after getting knocked in the head.

Ford is with the Jazz on a training camp deal, but he'll more than likely be playing in the D-League once the regular-season tips. There's no fantasy value to be had here.
Sep 29 - 3:49 PM



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