|Fri Oct 24||04:05||Bogut (illness) expected to play in Friday night's preseason fin...||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Bogut (illness) is expected to play in Friday night's preseason finale against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bogut was a late scratch Tuesday because of flu-like symptoms. This will most likely be a token appearance, a tune-up before the regular season opener next Wednesday in Sacramento.
|Thu Oct 23||18:43||Favors has remained healthy through five preseason games as new ...||Derrick Favors||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Favors has remained healthy through five preseason games as new coach Quin Snyder's starting center.
Favors experienced the best season of his career as a staple in Utah's starting five for the entirety of the 2013-14 campaign. He'll look to extend that progress alongside Enes Kanter in the frontcourt as the Jazz continue rebuilding the franchise with Favors as a cornerstone of that process.
|Thu Oct 23||16:57||Powell waived by Rockets on Thursday||Josh Powell||PF||Hawks||Free Agent|
Powell was waived by the Rockets on Thursday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Powell played in only one preseason game and will look to catch on with another team before the regular season. He played one game for the Rockets in 2013-14, spending the previous two seasons overseas.
|Thu Oct 23||15:44||Varejao expected to open season as Cavs' starting center||Anderson Varejao||C||Cavaliers||Free Agent|
Varejao is expected to open the season as the Cavs' starting center, the Morning Journal reports.
While coach David Blatt is yet to officially announce a starter, Varejao is widely believed to hold the upper hand over Tristan Thompson. He averaged 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds during the preseason and is a favorite of LeBron James, who lauded the Brazilian's toughness and dedication. "He's the same Andy," James said earlier in camp. "If you ask him to run through six walls, he'll run through seven." Varejao is unquestionably the Cavs' best rim protector, but he's missed 166 games over the past four years. In order to keep him fresh, Thompson figures to see plenty of minutes, and Kevin Love could even slide over to the center spot in certain small-ball lineups. From a fantasy perspective, Varejao's value should rise with the return of James, but he's still only a fringe option in most leagues.
|Thu Oct 23||14:25||Novak has played in five preseason games while averaging one thr...||Steve Novak||PF||Spurs||Free Agent|
Novak has played in five preseason games while averaging one three pointer per contest.
Novak will come off the bench for the Jazz this season under the direction of new coach Quin Snyder. There's really only one upside to owning Novak, and that's his ability to knock down the three ball. However, there are many other options around the league that should be taken over the 30-year-old who only averaged 10 minutes per game last season with the Raptors.
|Thu Oct 23||14:23||Watson (foot) will not play Thursday against Hornets||C.J. Watson||PG||Bulls||Free Agent|
Watson (foot) will not play Thursday against the Hornets, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Watson will miss his third straight game with a foot injury that doesn't appear to be serious. At this point in the preseason, though, the Pacers won't take any chances.
|Thu Oct 23||12:50||Stephenson (groin) will not play in Thursday's exhibition finale...||Lance Stephenson||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Stephenson (groin) will not play in Thursday's exhibition finale against the Pacers.
Stephenson, who also missed Monday's contest, is nursing a sore groin and will sit out his fourth preseason contest. The Hornets are likely just being cautious with Stephenson, who is expected to step into a playmaking role alongside Kemba Walker in the backcourt.
|Thu Oct 23||03:25||Evans came off bench for three minutes of action during Utah's p...||Jeremy Evans||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Evans came off the bench for three minutes of action during Utah's preseason game against the Thunder on Tuesday.
Evans averaged a career-high 18.3 minutes during 66 games last season but will likely struggle finding time on the court this year with the offseason acquisitions of Trevor Booker and Steve Novak. Barring injuries over the course of the season, the former slam dunk champion should be left on the waiver wire until he can prove otherwise.
|Thu Oct 23||03:03||Booker (ankle) able to play 13 minutes off bench during Tuesday'...||Trevor Booker||PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Booker (ankle) was able to play 13 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's preseason game against the Thunder.
Booker suffered a minor sprained ankle last Friday that originally left his availability in question for Tuesday's game. His 13 minutes off the bench seem to denote that his ankle issues are behind him. The Jazz will have their final preseason game against the Suns this upcoming Friday before they begin the regular season against the Rockets on Wednesday.
|Wed Oct 22||22:30||Pekovic scored 15 points (6-11 FG||Nikola Pekovic||C||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Pekovic scored 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-3 FT) with 13 rebounds in just 19 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Bucks.
The T-wolves wanted to get a longer look at Gorgui Dieng off the bench, but Pekovic didn't seem to have much left to prove in this one anyway. He doesn't block many shots and has trouble staying healthy, but Pekovic's other production makes him a strong mid-round front court option at the draft table.
|Wed Oct 22||21:22||Douglas-Roberts (ankle) will not serve as starting small forward...||Chris Douglas-Roberts||SG/SF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Douglas-Roberts (ankle) will not serve as the starting small forward in next Thursday's season opener, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.
Douglas-Roberts' spot will be taken over by Matt Barnes, who saw a career-high 28 minutes last season. It's currently unclear if this is due to injury -- he suffered a sprained ankle in last Friday's exhibition game -- or if this is head coach Doc Rivers' plan for the entirety of the season.
|Wed Oct 22||18:48||Ilyasova (knee) will play Wednesday||Ersan Ilyasova||PF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Ilyasova (knee) will play Wednesday, Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman reports.
It sounds like he is relatively healthy, although Ilyasova is a notoriously slow starter, and also has a lot of other players to contend with for minutes in the frontcourt, so for those reasons, he should be approached with skepticism on draft day.
|Wed Oct 22||18:34||Clark waived by Grizzlies on Wednesday||Earl Clark||SF||Magic||Free Agent|
Clark was waived by the Grizzlies on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus reports.
Clark's NBA career may be coming to a close, and he'll struggle to offer much fantasy value going forward.
|Wed Oct 22||17:26||Whiteside cut by Grizzlies on Wednesday||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside was cut by the Grizzlies on Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Whiteside spent the preseason with Memphis, but played just 41 minutes across five games. The 2010 second-rounder will now reconsider his playing options for this fall, with the D-League or overseas representing Whiteside's most likely destinations.
|Wed Oct 22||16:54||Casspi (back) participated in Wednesday's practice||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Casspi (back) participated in Wednesday's practice, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Casspi sat out Monday's game versus San Antonio, but could be able to return for Friday's preseason finale given his practice involvement Wednesday. Furthermore, Casspi's shooting ability could earn him significant playing time off the Kings' bench this season.
|Wed Oct 22||07:30||Bogut did not play in Tuesday night's preseason game against Cli...||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Bogut did not play in Tuesday night's preseason game against the Clippers due to illness, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
His absence provided an opportunity for head coach Steve Kerr to get a good look at the returning Festus Ezeli (shin). We presume Bogut will be ready to go for the preseason finale Friday against Denver, though it wouldn't be shocking if Kerr held him out in preparation for next week's regular season opener at Sacramento.
|Wed Oct 22||05:28||Price ended Tuesday's overtime loss to Phoenix Suns with seven p...||Ronnie Price||PG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Price ended Tuesday's overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns with seven points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal in 29 minutes.
That's back to back 10 assist games for Price who was starting due to injuries to Steven Nash (back), Jordan Clarkson (calf), and Jeremy Lin (ankle), who is now back. He's also shot a combined 4-of-17 in those two starts and his only value would be in assists if the injury bug continues it's way through the point guard depth.
|Wed Oct 22||05:21||Lin came off bench in his return from two sprained ankles||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Lin came off the bench in his return from two sprained ankles, scoring 15 points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 8-10 FT) with four rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 24 minutes Tuesday.
Now healthy, it should only be a matter of time before Lin usurps the starting role from Ronnie Price, who has been the placeholder starter of late. With Steve Nash's troublesome back likely to be a constant concern, Lin's fantasy value looks like it will fairly consistent.
|Tue Oct 21||22:38||Rush (back) had an MRI exam that revealed sacral stress reaction||Brandon Rush||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Rush (back) had an MRI exam that revealed a sacral stress reaction, according to Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News.
The Warriors aren't sure if Rush will be available for opening night. His absence means more run for Leandro Barbosa.
|Tue Oct 21||21:06||Livingston (toe) doubtful for start of regular season||Shaun Livingston||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Livingston (toe) is doubtful for the start of the regular season, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
Coach Steve Kerr said it was "highly doubtful" that Livingston would be ready, so owners should prepare to be without him, probably for at least the first week of the season. Leandro Barbosa should see extended run off the bench in Livingston's absence.