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Markieff Morris (sports hernia) will undergo surgery this Friday and is expected to miss the start of training camp.

There is no timetable for his return and he will have the procedure in St. Louis. He was extremely durable in to start his career, but he the 28-year-old missed 18 games in 2015-16 and six games in 2016-17. If Morris does need to miss game action, Kelly Oubre and Jason Smith would likely pick up some extra minutes. Morris is now only a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Sep 20 - 5:53 PM

Unrestricted free agent Beno Udrih (knee) worked out at the Pistons practice facility on Wednesday.

He is fully recovered from his knee injury and should be ready for training camp. Udrih reportedly would like to play for a few more years, but most teams may not want to sign the 35-year-old guard.
Sep 20 - 4:15 PM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said Isaiah Whitehead will have to compete for minutes this season.

"I thought Isaiah had some really great moments last year," Atkinson added. "I really believe in him. Obviously he’s still a young player, but I’m anxious to see him compete in training camp. I think he fits how we wanna play." With D'Angelo Russell in the mix and likely to get big minutes, Whitehead will have to learn to play both on and off the ball. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 20 - 4:09 PM

Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers will check with the rest of the league to see what they can get for Jahlil Okafor.

This confirms that the 76ers are still looking to deal their bench five man. Richaun Holmes has likely leapfrogged Okafor and the team wants to play Dario Saric at the five, as well. Okafor could have some fantasy value on another team and he did change his diet to drop weight, but he's only a last-round lotto ticket in fantasy.
Sep 20 - 2:32 PM

Al Jefferson has lost 40 pounds this summer.

He is looking for a fresh start and you could see the weight loss (picture in link below). Jefferson switched to a vegetarian diet at age 32 and perhaps he's looking to build off his career-low 14.1 minutes per game last season. He's not a fantasy option, though.
Sep 20 - 2:19 PM

Coach Brett Brown said Dario Saric could play anywhere the 76ers want him to this season.

It's possible he could play some more center this year. "That's Dario Saric. He was born to play basketball," Brown said. The 76ers love The Homie Dario and Brown added he should've won Rookie of the Year. This season, he's going to have a lot of competition for shots, so his scoring numbers will likely take a major hit. He's more of a late-round guy in most leagues.
Sep 20 - 2:15 PM

Brett Brown said he sees Robert Covington "starting and ending" games for the 76ers this season.

The 76ers will likely be rolling out a starting five of Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (knee) when the 2017-18 season begins, with Dario Saric being used in a sixth man type role. Covington should be able to score at a more efficient rate this season with the improved offense around him, and it sounds like he'll still be a significant part of the rotation, so he could turn out to be one of the better value picks towards the middle rounds on draft day.

Bryan Colangelo said he doesn't anticipate Ben Simmons (foot) having any restrictions during his rookie season.

Colangelo added that Simmons has been playing 5-on-5 for a while now and that he's been "dominating the gym," so it looks like there's a decent chance Simmons will be fully unleashed his rookie year without any minutes limits or restrictions on back-to-back sets. Head coach Brett Brown again stated that he's "locked in" to playing Simmons at point guard on offense "when it's static," so it's clear that he's going to be a huge part of the offense in Philly this season.
Sep 20 - 1:49 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) has yet to go through any 5-on-5 work and head coach Brett Brown said he's not sure what Embiid will be able to do when training camp opens up next week.

76ers' GM Bryan Colangelo made it clear that Embiid has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from the arthroscopic procedure that he underwent on his left knee back in March, but it's a bit strange that Embiid has still not been cleared for contact a full six months removed from what is traditionally just a 4-6 week recovery period. Colangelo also said it's too early to tell when Embiid will be able to scrimmage, so it sounds like he'll be entering camp at less than 100 percent, and there's a chance he might not be ready for the preseason.
Sep 20 - 1:38 PM

Carmelo Anthony's camp is reportedly "cautiously optimistic" that the Knicks and Rockets will be able to come to terms on a deal by Monday.

New York will open up media day on Monday and Anthony is hoping that he'll no longer be sporting a Knicks' jersey when that happens, but to this point, it seems that New York and Houston have not made much progress on trade talks. The Rockets are reportedly unwilling to include Trevor Ariza in any deal for Melo, and the Knicks are uninterested in taking on Ryan Anderson's contract, so it looks like New York will need to find a third team to help facilitate this trade, a proposition that is easier said than done.
Sep 20 - 12:56 PM

Nate McMillan intends to use Lance Stephenson as a sixth man for the Pacers this season, according to Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports.

Stephenson will help backup Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo in Indiana this season, but it's unlikely he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league contributor in fantasy hoops as a member of the second unit with the Pacers.
Sep 20 - 11:57 AM

Michael Beasley said that he's more willing to share the rock at this stage in his career.

"I can create. I can help my teammates better," said Beasley. "I think that’s where my game has matured the most and where a lot of people would overlook. I actually look more to pass than I do to score now, because, not to be cocky or anything, but it’s so easy." Beasley also said that he was "your favorite player's favorite player," and that he hopes to play until he's 43 years old, so confidence clearly isn't an issue for Super Cool Beas. He could have some low-end value if/when Carmelo Anthony is dealt, but he won't have much fantasy appeal while Melo is on the roster.
Sep 20 - 11:16 AM

Reggie Jackson (left) said he feels like he's getting his explosion back and is "pain-free" after taking it easy and rehabbing this offseason.

"No red flags," Jackson said. "I’ve done quite a bit of testing. The team has the results. The numbers, from what I know, they look good. It’s just about maintaining and building that strength." Jackson was barred from participating in full-contact, full-court work this summer in order to give his troublesome left knee some extended rest, and Stan Van Gundy has acknowledged that while he'll be cleared for camp, Jackson will likely be sitting out the two-a-day workouts. R-Jax doesn't offer a ton of upside, so he won't be worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day.
Source: NBA
Sep 20 - 10:54 AM

Jarrett Jack said his knee is 100 percent healthy.

He had an ACL tear back in January of 2016 and only played two games in 2016-17 after picking up another season-ending knee injury. He has a non-guaranteed deal with the Knicks, but he could make a push for minutes since their current depth chart at PG consists of Frank Ntilikina, Ramon Sessions and Ron Baker. He's not on the standard-league radar unless he moves up the chart.
Source: ESPN
Sep 20 - 12:03 AM

Dante Cunningham has agreed to re-sign with the Pelicans on a one-year deal worth $2.3 million, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Timberwolves were reportedly aggressively pursuing Cunningham, but he probably has a better chance of being a regular part of the rotation in New Orleans, so that may have influenced his decision process. Cunningham could potentially start at the three-spot for the Pelicans with Solomon Hill (hamstring) essentially done for the year, but even as a starter, Cunningham won't be a fantasy factor in most leagues.
Sep 19 - 3:04 PM



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