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Wed Oct 121:15Andersen did not participate in Wednesday's team scrimmage due t...Chris AndersenCNuggetsFree Agent
Andersen did not participate in Wednesday's team scrimmage due to a sore calf, Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
Chalk this up as minor soreness for Andersen, who likely would have taken the court had this been a regular season game. The ailment is not expected to adversely affect his availability heading into exhibition contests.
Wed Oct 118:59Anderson under no medical restrictionsRyan AndersonSFMagicIavaronis
Anderson is under no medical restrictions, but he will be brought along slowly in camp and during the preseason, the Times-Picayune's John Reid reports. "I'm just glad he's out on the floor and he's happy," coach Monty Williams said. "You can tell he's got a different step about him this year. His mojo is in the right place."
He did agility drills, went through contact work and ran at full speed during Tuesday's practice, emerging without any issues. Given Anderson's clean bill of health, the more important issue surrounding the stretch four is how he will be used in the Pelicans' offense after the team acquired Omer Asik. Considering Anderson led the team in minutes per game (36.1) before he got hurt in 2013-14, it seems reasonable to expect Anderson , along with Anthony Davis, to lead the Pelicans' frontcourt in minutes, while Asik steps in as just a better version of Jason Smith, who saw 26.8 mpg last season. Given the (unnecessary) doubt surrounding Anderson's health and status on the team, he's an excellent bargain in fantasy leagues right now.
Wed Oct 118:48Carter limited in practice Wednesday as he rehabs from bone spur...Vince CarterSGSunsTeam Erik
Carter was limited in practice Wednesday as he rehabs from a bone spur procedure in his right ankle, which was performed in May, Grizzlies' announcer Pete Pranica reports.
This is the first we've heard of a procedure on Carter's ankle in the offseason, but Pranica said that his limitations in practice are just a normal part of the healing process, and it doesn't sound like his status for the start of the season is in doubt.
Wed Oct 118:36Noah (knee) said he has not been 100 percent healthy in years bu...Joakim NoahCBullsThe Sith Lords
Noah (knee) said he has not been 100 percent healthy in years but is feeling good so far in practice, ESPN Chicago reports.
It's no surprise that Noah said he hasn't been completely healthy in a long time as he has dealt with a lot of injuries in his career. That being said, he seems to be recovering well from offseason knee surgery and has fully practiced so far in training camp. The Bulls are much deeper up front this season, so there is a chance Noah will see a slight reduction in minutes. He's still a crucial part of the team, so don't expect his playing time to drop that much unless he suffers another injury.
Wed Oct 118:15Stuckey could find himself in similar role to that of Lance Step...Rodney StuckeyPGPistonsThe Schellackers
Stuckey could find himself in a similar role to that of Lance Stephenson in the 2013-14 season, Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Stuckey is already the early favorite to start at shooting guard for the Pacers, but this recent development suggests he'll stay on the court to be the primary ball handler with the team's second unit. This was exactly the role of Lance Stephenson in 2013-14, who ended up averaging more assists per game (4.6) than starting point guard George Hill. Coach Frank Vogel plans to use a deeper rotation this season that could feature up to 10 players, so this may eventually cut into Stuckey's minutes, but at least he'll be given the opportunity to see a heavy workload out of the gates.
Wed Oct 118:14Andersen working on mid-range jump shot as surprise element in H...Chris AndersenCNuggetsFree Agent
Andersen is working on a mid-range jump shot as a surprise element in the Heat's offensive attack, the Sun-Sentinel's Shandel Richardson reports.
He has been working on jumpers from the elbow and the baseline, because at the age of 36, Andersen doesn't want to be reliant on scoring solely on dunks and put-backs. Even if Andersen is able to consistently make those mid-range shots, it's not like the Heat are going to make him a big part of the offensive attack. For fantasy purposes, the hustle stats are still the main source of his limited value.
Wed Oct 115:48Mensah-Bonsu added to Nuggets' training camp rosterPops Mensah-BonsuPFHornetsFree Agent
Mensah-Bonsu was added to the Nuggets' training camp roster, the Denver Post's Christopher Dempsey reports.
The 6-foot-9 power forward hasn't played in an NBA game since 2010-11 and if he's fortunate enough to make the team out of camp, he'll be buried on the bench.
Wed Oct 115:40Turner in mix for minutes at point guardEvan TurnerSG76ersDef Fresh Flow
Turner is in the mix for minutes at point guard, and could actually be the front-runner to fill in while Rajon Rondo (hand) is out for 6-8 weeks, NBA.com's Emily Austen reports.
Coach Brad Stevens said with Rondo out, Turner is the team's best pick-n-roll option, and noted that Turner is better when he has the ball in his hands. Certainly as a coach, if playing Turner is inevitable, letting him handle the ball is probably the lesser of two evils, but he can be a bit of a black hole at times. However, if he's indeed ahead of Marcus Smart and Phil Pressey on the depth chart, he will be a useful fantasy option, at least until Rondo is healthy enough to return.
Wed Oct 114:36Stuckey has opened training camp as Pacers' starting shooting gu...Rodney StuckeyPGPistonsThe Schellackers
Stuckey has opened training camp as the Pacers' starting shooting guard, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.
Stuckey signed with Indiana this offseason following the departure of Lance Stephenson and has immediately occupied the Pacers' starting shooting guard position. While Stuckey is probably the team's best option at the two-guard, the veteran started merely five games for a much-maligned Pistons team last season. Nonetheless, he finished fourth on the team in scoring with 13.9 points in 26.7 minutes per game, although his 2.1 assists marked a career-low. As a result, it will be interesting to monitor how Stuckey adjusts to his new surroundings, but it appears he'll enjoy a more significant role than in previous years.
Wed Oct 114:10Nash "feeling great" but still being held out of some practice a...Steve NashPGSunsBuchanalia
Nash is "feeling great" but is still being held out of some practice activities, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Nash practiced for about 90 minutes of Tuesday's three-hour practice without any limitations or setbacks. Coach Byron Scott will sit him, alongside Kobe Bryant, in the evening part of the two-a-day session Wednesday. �Both players will participate in the Lakers' scrimmage to end the day. �While Nash is in great shape right now, it is still early in training camp, and the question is whether he will be able to stay healthy heading into the season? �Jeremy Lin would seem a more viable option long-term because of the risk that the 40-year-old Nash won't be able to stay healthy for the full season.
Wed Oct 113:49DeRozan has improved his conditioningDeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsDoppelganger
DeRozan has improved his conditioning, and is working on being a better passer and attacking with his off hand, the Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat reports.
This is kind of a typical training camp report, where the reporter talks about what a player is working on and what kind of shape he's in. DeRozan said he could probably play a 40-minute game now, although he played 40-plus minutes on 24 occasions last season, so that's not really news. He also was proud of the fact that he was improving with using his left hand, but going to the left in practice is different than trusting it in games. However, a lot of the underlying comments from DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Dwane Casey suggest that the franchise shooting guard may be ready to take another step forward this season, building upon his All-Star season from a year ago. Basically all of DeRozan's counting stats have improved over the past two seasons, including minutes, so it remains to be seen if he can be noticeably more valuable than he was last season when he averaged 38.2 minutes per game. Few players have as high of a floor in fantasy as DeRozan because of that high-end playing time, and, if he can be a better passer and a better attacker if he can go to the bucket with either hand, he could be an even better value on draft day.
Wed Oct 113:41Miles (calf) has opened training camp as Pacers' starting small ...C.J. MilesSFJazzTeam Erik
Miles (calf) has opened training camp as the Pacers' starting small forward, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.
Miles has been dealing with a right calf strain to begin his Pacers career, but has been able to participate in the majority of practice activities thus far. In fact, Miles has been occupying Indiana's starting small forward position, with fellow offseason signing Rodney Sticky playing shooting guard. Since star Paul George (leg) expected to miss the entire season and second-year player Solomon Hill is still developing, Miles represents the Pacers' most experienced option to start in Paul's vacated position. In 51 games (34 starts) for the Cavs last season, Miles averaged 9.9 points and shot 39 percent on three-pointers in 19.3 minutes per game.
Wed Oct 113:08Gibson will come off benchTaj GibsonPFBullsThe Schellackers
Gibson will come off the bench, but will still be a focal part of the Bulls' offense and is likely to see most of the fourth quarter minutes at the four again this season, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports. "Taj was probably our best fourth-quarter player last year," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We're going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win. ... We have three guys that I know we can finish with. I'm going to ask them all to sacrifice."
It's also worth noting that Thibodeau said he didn't plan on ever using the jumbo lineup of Gibson, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, but considering there will be 96 minutes per game to divvy up between those three (and possibly Nikola Mirotic), they should all have fantasy value. Last season Gibson saw a career-high 28.7 minutes per game, which led to him being a pretty solid option, especially in deeper leagues. He has never averaged fewer than 1.3 blocks per game, and he has always averaged between 5.3 and 7.5 rebounds per game, so the floor is relatively high. However, the fact that as a big man he has never shot 50 percent from the field and is a career 68.6 percent free-throw shooter, there is also limited upside here.
Wed Oct 112:59Gasol will start for Bulls this seasonPau GasolPF/CLakersTeam Lorin
Gasol will start for the Bulls this season, and should see plenty of minutes despite the presence of Taj Gibson off the bench, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports. "Pau is a worker," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We were talking about his experience with the Lakers and with Phil (Jackson), they didn't have very many days off. He played a lot of minutes, and that's what he is used to. He's used to 37 minutes a game."
It's also worth noting that Thibodeau said he didn't plan on ever using the jumbo lineup of Gasol, Gibson and Joakim Noah, but considering there will be 96 minutes per game to divvy up between those three (and possibly Nikola Mirotic), they should all have fantasy value. Thibodeau said his top three big men would all need to make sacrifices, but in reading the tea leaves, it seems Gasol's only sacrifice may be sitting at the end of games, as Thibodeau called Gibson the team's best fourth quarter player last season. Even if he doesn't play much in the fourth quarter, he should still approach 30-plus minutes per game, making him a worthwhile investment in fantasy leagues this season.
Wed Oct 112:46McRoberts (toe) returned to practice MondayJosh McRobertsPFPacersDef Fresh Flow
McRoberts (toe) returned to practice Monday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
McRoberts missed Sunday's session while still recovering from offseason toe surgery, but made his Heat practice debut to begin this week. Still figured to be short of 100 percent health, the recently signed big man is expected to be brought along incrementally during training camp. Nonetheless, McRoberts should be full-speed for the start of the regular season, when he should start next to center Chris Bosh at power forward for Miami.
Wed Oct 111:20George (leg) acknowledges that he'll likely miss entire upcoming...Paul GeorgeSFPacersThe Schellackers
George (leg) acknowledges that he'll likely miss the entire upcoming season, but is holding out hope of being available if the Pacers make the playoffs, CBS Sports reports.
George is just two months removed from suffering a horrendous leg fracture, an injury that was initially thought to come with a 12 to 18 month timetable for recovery. Although George appeared at Tuesday's media session without crutches or a boot on his leg, it's still highly unlikely that he'll play this season. Nonetheless, the optimistic star swingman is hopeful of beating the odds and suiting up in the event that the Pacers make the playoffs next spring.
Wed Oct 110:17Babbitt competing for starting small forward job along with John...Luke BabbittSFTrailblazersFree Agent
Babbitt is competing for the starting small forward job along with John Salmons and Darius Miller, the Times-Picayune reports.
This comes after general manager Dell Demps said the starting job could be alternated between those three players. Tyreke Evans is also another option for the starting job, though he was not mentioned by Demps. Babbitt didn't play in Summer League this season with question marks surrounding his future in New Orleans, but has experience with the team after playing 27 games with the Pelicans last season. Babbitt averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds during the 2013-14 season.
Tue Sep 3023:27Miles dealing with minor undisclosed injuryC.J. MilesSFJazzTeam Erik
Miles is dealing with a minor undisclosed injury, but is expected to begin the season as the Pacers' starting small forward, Pacers.com's Mark Montieth reports.
Solomon Hill ran with the ones Tuesday, but the fact that Miles could hold the starting job all season means he has to be on the radar of fantasy owners. Hill probably has more upside, but minutes are just as important as talent, and right now the playing time situation appears to favor the veteran, Miles.
Tue Sep 3021:35Bryant will play in all eight preseason gamesKobe BryantSGLakersThe Sith Lords
Bryant will play in all eight preseason games, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
He wants to make sure he gets his timing and his legs ready for the regular season, although it's unlikely he'll see major minutes in every exhibition. Earlier in the day it was announced that Bryant would also be playing in every regular season game -- health permitting. Bryant is a tricky player to evaluate heading into the season, as the ceiling is very high, and the floor is very low, based on the health risks that accompany owning the future hall-of-famer.
Tue Sep 3021:10Noah (knee) practiced fully TuesdayJoakim NoahCBullsThe Sith Lords
Noah (knee) practiced fully Tuesday, the ESPN Chicago reports.
Noah is recovering from offseason knee surgery and it's encouraging that he was a full participant in the first practice. The Bulls will likely keep a close eye on Noah during training camp to ensure he does not have any lingering issues.
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