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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nuggets will likely waive Jameer Nelson.

They need the roster spot to sign Richard Jefferson, and this suggests that the Nuggets are confident in Jamal Murray as their starting PG and Emmanuel Mudiay as his backup. Once waived, the 35-year-old Nelson shouldn't have much trouble finding work and will probably be looking to join a contender.
Oct 16 - 7:30 PM

Dante Exum has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder.

The Jazz likely won't provide a timetable until after the surgery on Tuesday, but it's hard to imagine Exum making a return to the court this season. After a phenomenal preseason, Donovan Mitchell has made a strong case to see minutes at PG and SG right away and is worth picking up in most leagues.
Oct 16 - 7:25 PM

Richard Jefferson is "closing in" on a one-year, $2.3M deal with the Denver Nuggets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The move will be official once the Nuggets waive a player (likely Jameer Nelson). Jefferson cleared waivers less than an hour before this report, so the Nuggets aren't wasting any time. It's hard to imagine Jefferson playing a big role with the Nuggets expected to use a nine-man rotation, so he's not on the fantasy radar.
Oct 16 - 7:13 PM

Richard Jefferson has officially cleared waivers, and he's now an unrestricted free agent.

Jefferson will be free to join a team of his choosing, and both the Bucks and Nuggets have expressed interest in the 37-year-old swingman. However, the Bucks added DeAndre Liggins on Monday, bringing their roster to 15, so they appear to be out of the running. Will Barton suffered what may have been a significant ankle injury during Monday's practice, so Jefferson could help them out with some backcourt depth during Barton's absence, but he won't have any fantasy value there.
Oct 16 - 6:34 PM

Stan Van Gundy said the backup center position in Detroit will be a "by-committee thing" this season.

It doesn't sound like Boban Marjanovic will be an active part of the rotation every night in Detroit, and Rod Beard of The Detroit News is suggesting that Marjanovic's minutes will likely be in the 10-12 minute range when he does play. Boban needs closer to 20 minutes a night to make a meaningful impact in 12-team leagues, so this "by-committee thing" isn't great news for his fantasy outlook.
Oct 16 - 6:14 PM

The Grizzlies have waived Rade Zagorac.

Zagorac failed to impress through training camp and the preseason, and he'll likely head back overseas or he could wind up in the G-League. Either way, he's irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Oct 16 - 6:00 PM

The Grizzlies have waived Wade Baldwin.

Baldwin is a highly capable backup point guard, so he should be able to find another team willing to extend him a contract offer.
Oct 16 - 5:58 PM

Damian Lillard said he's preparing "to play the whole game" if he has to in Portland's season opener on Wednesday with C.J. McCollum (suspension) unavailable.

McCollum typically runs some point for Portland when Lillard subs out, but with his co-star unavailable, it sounds like Lillard is ready for massive minutes in the first game of the season. DFS players should make a note of this quote, and consider throwing Thrillard out there on Wednesday in what should be a favorable and uptempo matchup against the Suns.
Oct 16 - 5:56 PM

Jarell Martin made the Grizzlies roster.

This is great news for Martin after he was reportedly going to be waived in September. He had a killer preseason and looks to be in the best shape of his life (#BestShapeOfHisLife), and could even be in the rotation. Being in shape will be important on a team that looks to push the pace more, but Martin isn't a strong fantasy target while JaMychal Green is healthy.
Oct 16 - 5:55 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) did not practice on Monday.

This is the second day in a row that Bogdanovic has sat out practice, so it looks like he might not be available for Sacramento's regular-season opener against Houston on Wednesday. If he is forced to begin the 2017-18 season on the sidelines, that would open up minutes for guys like Justin Jackson and Buddy Hield.
Oct 16 - 5:49 PM

De'Aaron Fox (back) was a full participant during Monday's practice.

Fox missed Sacramento's preseason finale with a bruised back, but he's been a full participant at practice for the past two days and has been cleared for Wednesday's season opener. George Hill (groin) was also a full participant during Monday's practice, and it looks like he could be ready for the start of the season as well, which would result in Fox coming off the bench. Fox could start slow this season, but he could have a strong second half making him someone to think about as a stash.
Oct 16 - 5:47 PM

George Hill (groin) practiced on Monday and is hoping he'll be cleared for Wednesday's season opener against the Rockets.

Hill getting through a full practice is certainly encouraging regarding his status for Wednesday night, and we should have a better idea on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he is cleared to play, that would likely translate to De'Aaron Fox coming off the bench in his NBA debut. Stay tuned.
Oct 16 - 5:43 PM

The Bulls have waived C Diamond Stone.

This was a necessary transaction to complete the Kay Felder signing. Stone is likely headed to the G-League.
Oct 16 - 5:38 PM

The Bucks have claimed DeAndre Liggins off waivers.

Liggins will help bring some depth to Milwaukee's backcourt, but he's not going to be a factor in fantasy hoops. This move also suggests that the Bucks are out of the Richard Jefferson sweepstakes.
Oct 16 - 5:31 PM

The Bulls have reportedly claimed Kay Felder off waivers.

Felder could potentially get into the rotation in Chicago while Kris Dunn (finger) and Cameron Payne (foot) are on the sidelines, but it's unlikely he'll be getting enough minutes to matter in most formats. With the Bulls bringing on another body, they'll now have to cut two more players prior to the start of the season.
Oct 16 - 5:26 PM



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