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Tobias Harris and the Orlando Magic are no closer to agreeing on an extension, according to Basketball Insiders.

Harris and the Magic have exchanged figures as the team tries to beat the October 31 deadline that would keep the 22-year-old from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but it's starting to look like Harris will be accepted offer sheets from other teams after the season is over. Harris had a strong opening night with 25 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one three-pointer, so regardless of his contract situation, fantasy owners on #TeamTobias have to be happy with what they say on Tuesday night.
Oct 30 - 1:59 PM

Ray Allen said he's still undecided on his playing future, but added that he would only need a week to get ready to play.

The predominant thought around the NBA is that Allen will wait until the All-Star break to sign with a team and his latest quotes don't go against that theory. "I've just been home, taking my kids to school," said the 18-year veteran. "I'm working out, taking care of my body. I'm in great shape. I'll just watch how the season progresses, and if I do feel the desire to continue to play, then I'll decide what situation is viable for me." Fantasy owners in standard leagues don't need to worry about Allen, but he could help owners in deep leagues if he signs with a team like the Cavaliers as a sharpshooter.
Oct 30 - 1:54 PM

Nets' head coach Lionel Hollins didn't offer a timetable for Brook Lopez' return from a foot injury before Wednesday's opening night loss to the Celtics.

"He’s not playing tonight. He still is having some pain when he goes hard. I have no idea what progressing means," Hollins said when asked if Lopez is progressing. "Is he pregnant or not pregnant? He’s not playing, he can’t play. When he can play, he’ll have progressed to the point where I would like him to be." There's a chance that Lopez may be available for Saturday's game in Detroit or Monday's game against Oklahoma City, but the fact that he's still experiencing pain in his surgically-repaired foot doesn't exactly qualify as great news.
Oct 30 - 1:48 PM

Mason Plumlee said he needs to work on staying out of foul trouble after struggling in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

Plumlee was in the Nets' starting rotation, but only played 11 minutes after picking up two quick fouls at the start of each half. "I picked up a couple early ones and kept fouling," Plumlee said. "I can’t do that if I want to stay on the floor." The 24-year-old has plenty of potential, but he's going to be tough to keep on fantasy rosters if he can't stay on the court.
Oct 30 - 1:42 PM

DeAndre Jordan said he wants the Clippers to play more like the Spurs.

As the Clippers prepare to open their season against the Thunder on Thursday night, Jordan used the Spurs as an example of how good the Clips can be. "It's encouraging seeing that team, that coach, and how everybody buys into that system," Jordan said. "Things haven't really changed for them. They do the same thing. You know what play they're going to run, you just can't stop them. We're trying to be a team like that," Jordan said. The 26-year old can be a drain on fantasy owners' free throw percentage, but he's still one of the better big man options in fantasy hoops.
Oct 30 - 1:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play against the Suns on Friday, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

Leonard will travel with the team to Phoenix after practicing for the last several days, and Gregg Popovich gave the best news that Leonard's fantasy owners could hope for in saying, ""He's in for Friday." Leonard has been a popular breakout pick among the Rotoworld hoops staff and owners shouldn't think twice about putting him in their lineups for Friday night.
Oct 30 - 12:58 PM

Quincy Pondexter's struggles on opening night stemmed from Nick Calathes' absence, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

After a rough showing from the Grizzlies' bench in Wednesday win over the Timberwolves, Joerger said he thinks Nick Calathes' 20-game suspension played a part. "Those guys will find their rhythm and identities," the head coach said. "It’s difficult for Jon [Leuer] and Q [Quincy Pondexter]. They’re used to playing with Nick Calathes and Nick plays a certain way." Pondexter only scored four points in 11 minutes on Wednesday and doesn't have much fantasy value going forward as Tony Allen's backup.
Oct 30 - 12:55 PM

Paul Pierce said he wants the Wizards to establish an identity after their season opening loss to the Heat.

The Wizards were outrebounded 44-38 as they played without the suspended Nene and DeJuan Blair. "That fourth quarter, it was our worst defensive quarter," Pierce said. "We got to be better in that aspect. We got to do a better job of establishing our identity. This team is not known for their rebounding," Pierce said, "so there’s no way they should outrebound us." Pierce had a solid showing with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals and he should have a big enough role in Washington's offense to be worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 12:48 PM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
Oct 30 - 12:34 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge said he delivered an animated halftime speech that helped spur the Blazers to a 106-89 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.

With the Blazers trailing at halftime, the normally reserved Aldridge said he wanted to wake up his teammates. "I went off a little bit, which is unlike me,'' Aldridge said. "I felt like we weren't playing up to the level we all want to. I felt like we all had to take the challenge defensively, even myself. I was just saying 'If we want to be the team we are talking about being, it has to start tonight.''' For his part, Aldridge poured in 27 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, and one three-pointer during the win. His lack of rebounds in the opener won't make his fantasy owners happy, but LA is still one of the best power forwards in fantasy.
Oct 30 - 12:27 PM

Mavericks sign G J.J. Barea.

After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Barea has signed a veteran's minimum deal to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks. "We could not be more excited to have J.J. back in a Mavericks uniform," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He was a key contributor in bringing a championship to Dallas. A player with his experience and leadership will be a great addition to our team." Barea brings more real value to the Mavericks than he does fantasy value to fantasy owners as he'll be part of a crowded backcourt rotation alongside Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 30 - 12:13 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute has returned from Cameroon and is back with the 76ers.

Mbah a Moute had been in Cameroon to attend Joel Embiid's brother's funeral, but is back with the team after spending 17 hours on flights. "Dealing with Joel and that situation in Africa and long flights, knowing he had a back problem, [it would not be smart to] play him," coach Brett Brown said. Mbah a Moute should be available when Sixers play the Bucks on Friday, but he's not someone who fantasy owners should be starting.
Oct 30 - 11:56 AM

Eric Bledsoe is entering the 2014-15 season with a new determination, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Bledsoe was ejected during the third quarter of Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but he had a strong performance of 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and three treys before his ejection. "He's pretty determined this year," Hornacek said. "Glad the contract thing is all up and he just wants to prove he's one of the best players in the league." As long as Bledsoe stays healthy this season, Hornacek could expand his comment to say that Bledsoe is one of the best fantasy point guards in the league too.
Oct 30 - 11:30 AM

Channing Frye (knee) said his knee is sound and that he hopes to shed his knee brace soon.

Frye also added that when he plays, there will be no concern about his knee. The 31-year-old remains without a return timetable and would seem to be doubtful for Thursday's game against the Wizards, so fantasy owners will likely have to hope for a Saturday return against the Raptors.
Oct 30 - 11:27 AM

Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around.
Oct 30 - 11:20 AM


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