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Tristan Thompson started with the first unit at center over Anderson Varejao in Wednesday's scrimmage.

This probably means nothing, but it's worth noting. Perhaps Varejao's health is still an issue, but he did play for Brazil's FIBA team this summer. Maybe the Cavs just want to mix things up in camp and make the starting C job a competition. We still think Varejao will be the opening-night starter, but this position battle is worth keeping an eye on.
Oct 1 - 7:30 PM

The Pelicans will monitor Jrue Holiday's workload at practice this month.

"We are trying to be smart with his comeback," Williams said. "After about two weeks of this, it's time to ramp it up and get going." Holiday is still not at 100 percent, but expects to be ready to go when the season starts. He's a risky pick after his season-ending leg fracture last season.
Oct 1 - 7:25 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said he's talked about playing Spencer Hawes, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin together in limited situations.

It would be a very strange move and it's still doubtful to happen unless the wings get in foul trouble. Hawes will be a backup and is unlikely to have fantasy value in standard leagues.
Oct 1 - 6:27 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said Rodney Stuckey could be in similar sets as Lance Stephenson was last season.

It's a little interesting because they're not very similar. Stuckey is not a great isolation player and hasn't really developed in pick-and-roll sets. Plus, he's also a terrible spot-up 3-point shooter. All that said, he looks like he'll be in a position to succeed. Stuckey's ceiling still isn't going to be too high and is only worth a late-round pick.
Oct 1 - 6:11 PM

Wesley Matthews missed some of Wednesday's practice due to an illness.

He's fine and should be ready for preseason action next week. C.J. McCollum did have a superb run at Las Vegas Summer League, but he's not likely going to threaten Matthews' minutes. He's a safe, durable player to grab in the middle rounds.
Oct 1 - 5:35 PM

Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) was back at practice on Wednesday.

He missed Tuesday night due to rest and it sounds like he's fine. Ezeli did not play at all last season and he'll likely get some minutes in the second unit.
Oct 1 - 5:08 PM

Jared Sullinger said that he's still not where he needs to be on conditioning.

He said he's very close and has also been able to drop some weight this summer. Sullinger has a chip on his shoulder and has been using Twitter to "favorite" naysayers out there. If he can improve his shooting, he'll be a low-end fantasy option.
Oct 1 - 4:45 PM

Kobe Bryant went through practice on Wednesday.

There were some reports that he would not be available, but he must have been able to persuade coach Byron Scott. Bryant plans to play in all eight games and he will be worth watching to see if he can get over his last two leg injuries. For what it's worth, he did have a career high in effective field goal percentage before his Achilles tear in 2012-13.
Oct 1 - 4:42 PM

Steve Nash worked with the first unit at practice on Wednesday.

He reportedly looks good out there and that's been the story for the past couple weeks. Nash's nerve issue will inevitably pop up at some point, which makes him too risky to draft in fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 4:40 PM

Jordan Hill was in the first unit at practice on Wednesday.

He had some major issues playing significant minutes last season, but he will likely get the first crack at starting. Hill would be a very valuable asset in fantasy leagues as a bench big man as long as he stays healthy. It makes sense to draft him late and ride him until an injury derails him.
Oct 1 - 4:37 PM

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill were scrimmaging together in the first unit at practice on Wednesday.

This has been the expected lineup for a few weeks and Johnson's ability on defense will likely help him get run. However, he's not going to get the ball much and will likely just be taking 3-pointers. He's not quite worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 1 - 4:34 PM

Ryan Kelly suffered a moderate left hamstring strain on Wednesday and is out indefinitely.

This is going to hurt his chances for playing time with coach Byron Scott. The Lakers drafted Julius Randle in the lottery and he'll likely soak up most of the bench minutes at power forward. Kelly will likely have an MRI and the Lakers should have a more precise prognosis soon.
Oct 1 - 4:31 PM

Vitor Faverani (knee) sat out of practice on Wednesday due to swelling.

He still isn't right from his arthroscopic knee surgery from back in March. Faverani has a lot of catching up to do with how the NBA game is played, but he has some upside as a shot blocker.
Oct 1 - 4:28 PM

Tyler Hansbrough has been working on his 3-pointers this summer, according to Patrick Patterson.

He only shot 20.8 percent on his jumpers last season, so he probably should focus on something else. Hansbrough's production doesn't translate very well to fantasy and he can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Oct 1 - 4:25 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said on Wednesday that the best best is to make Kelly Olynyk a big part of the Celtics.

He added Olynyk made some strides this summer. The second-year big man had some issues on both ends in his rookie season, but he struggled especially against bigger frontcourt guys. Olynyk doesn't do much with blocks, so he'll have to add some 3-pointers to his stat line to warrant a late-round pick.
Oct 1 - 4:21 PM


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