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Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

Clifford also added that, in his opinion, the most important thing to motivate players in the NBA is how good they think the team can be. After making the playoffs last season, things are looking up for Big Al and the former Bobcats with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, and Brian Roberts to their roster. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2013-14 as he averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the All-Star break and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall past the top-20 on draft day.

Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees.
Oct 21 - 1:15 PM

Anthony Davis (wrist) was participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick.
Oct 21 - 1:06 PM

James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round.
Source: USA Today
Oct 21 - 12:58 PM

Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
Oct 21 - 12:50 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have requested waivers on G Yuki Togashi.

Mavericks' general manager and president Donnie Nelson had previously said that Togashi was a longshot to make the team's final roster, so this comes as no surprise. Any (minimal) fantasy value that Togashi may have had will now be rendered moot as he'll likely report to the Mavericks' D-League Affiliate, the Texas Legends.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 21 - 12:31 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said that he is working on adding a quicker release to his shot.

As Nowitski enters his 17th NBA season, he'll need to make adjustments to keep playing at a high level and adjusting his shot served as low-hanging fruit. "It wasn't going to be running quicker or jumping higher," Nowitzki said. "So I figured I'd work on something that I can control." While the 36-year-old has consistently returned first-round fantasy value, he's a much safer pick towards the end of the second round or beginning of the third round.
Oct 21 - 12:20 PM

Courtney Lee will open the season in the Grizzlies' starting lineup, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

With Nick Calathes out for the first 20 games of the season due to a suspension, Lee and Tony Allen will serve as the starting SG and SF for the Grizzlies. Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers with the Grizzlies last season and is now a solid late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
Oct 21 - 12:01 PM

Celtics waive F Christin Watford.

In a move that won't cause even the smallest of ripples across the fantasy basketball landscape, the Celtics have parted ways with the Indiana University alum, according to head coach Brad Stevens. While the 23-year-old could still hook on with an NBA team at some point this season, he's not a player who fantasy owners need to store in their memory banks.
Oct 21 - 11:51 AM

Kevin Durant (foot) said that he's excited for the opportunity that Russell Westbrook has to lead the Thunder while KD recovers from foot surgery.

While Westbrook has his critics in the media, his teammate is not one of them. "He's going to do a great job," Durant said. "I'm not worried about Russ. I'm excited for the opportunity he has right now." Durant represents a risky fantasy pick due to his uncertain timetable, so we wouldn't blame risk-averse fantasy owners for letting last year's MVP fall to another owner. However, owners willing to roll the dice on the 26-year-old in the first round may very well find themselves at the top of their league standings due to Durant's enormous upside.
Oct 21 - 11:25 AM

Greg Stiemsma is still battling for the Raptors' final roster spot.

In the Raptors' version of Thunderdome, three men will enter and only one will be left standing. Only one of Stiemsma, Jordan Hamilton, and Will Cherry will make the Raptors' final roster cut on Monday and head coach Dwayne Casey said the decision will be "a good debate with the coaching staff and management." Even if Stiemsma hooks on with the Raptors, he won't provide much fantasy value as a a reserve player.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 21 - 11:15 AM

Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said that Jabari Parker reminds him of Grant Hill.

Besides their shared Duke background, Kidd sees a few similarities between Hill and Parker. "He's got a quick first step. What I like is he tries to make the right play to his teammates," Kidd said. "It's not always about scoring. He wants to win; he cheers his teammates on. That's kind of cool to see." Parker has had a strong preseason and should have no problem returning fantasy value as an early-middle round selection.
Oct 21 - 11:03 AM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is considering rescheduling some marquee games in order to grow the league's audience in China.

As the NBA unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports education in China, Silver said the league may reschedule some U.S. East Coast games in the morning so they can be seen live in China, which is seen as one of the sport’s biggest growth markets. "I think it will make sense to play some of our games in the East Coast in the morning, so that viewers in China can watch those games in primetime," Silver said.
Source: Variety
Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection.
Oct 21 - 10:41 AM

The Washington Wizards are close to signing G John Lucas III, according to league sources.

With Brad Beal set to miss six weeks, Lucas would provide the Wizards with some much-need backcourt depth. The 31-year-old owns career averages of just 4.8 points, 1.0 boards, and 1.4 assists, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent if and when he signs with the Wizards.
Source: ESPN
Oct 21 - 10:28 AM


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