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Date: Team: Pos:

Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 6:16 PM

Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday.

There's a good chance he's not going to play again in the preseason, but he is closer to probable for the opener next week. Lawson's injuries are starting to pile up and he'll be a risky player to own. Although, he could have a huge season now that he has some help.
Oct 22 - 6:14 PM

Omri Casspi (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

He missed Monday's preseason game with his back issue, which hasn't been an issue since 2011. Casspi will back up Rudy Gay and won't have much fantasy value.
Oct 22 - 6:11 PM

Nik Stauskas (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday.

He just had some soreness in his shoulder and it's not considered serious. Stauskas' role is still unclear, but he'll likely get minutes in the low 20s this season. He's not quite worthy of a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 6:09 PM

Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for some contact with a pad on his hand.

He's still very doubtful for the opener, but he might be closer to the front end of the 6-8 week prognosis. Rondo is coming off his worst year since being a primary facilitator of the offense and his numbers didn't translate to fantasy in most formats. Fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him.
Oct 22 - 5:59 PM

Jason Smith will start at power forward against the Wizards on Wednesday.

It's just an experiment after Quincy Acy started the previous four games. Smith should still get some minutes at center in the rotation, but he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 5:55 PM

Jose Calderon (right calf) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

Coach Derek Fisher said he hopes to have Calderon out there on Friday and his calf strain is not considered serious. He's dealt with a slew of muscle pulls in his leg, so this injury shouldn't be completely dismissed. Still, he's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Shane Larkin will start and look to make an impact tonight.
Oct 22 - 5:52 PM

Trevor Ariza will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

He's just getting a night off and has played fairly well in the preseason. Ariza has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in five of the six preseason contests. He won't be quite as good as last year, but he's still a nice target in the middle rounds.
Oct 22 - 5:44 PM

Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will not play on Wednesday night against the Magic.

Dwight won't get to face his old team in the last road game of the preseason and there has been no word of his knee injury being a factor in this decision. He should be ready to go to start the season and will look to bounce back from a mildly disappointing 2013-14.
Oct 22 - 5:41 PM

Jazz waive G/F Dahntay Jones.

He played 7.3 minutes per game over the last three contests and didn't have much of a chance to make the team. Jones might wind up on another team on a 10-day deal at some point.
Oct 22 - 4:39 PM

Bradley Beal (wrist) said he is no longer wearing a cast on his broken wrist.

He's still about a month away since being diagnosed back on Oct. 11. Beal has dealt with multiple fractures in his career, so he's becoming a bit fragile. Still, he's one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall too far in their drafts.
Oct 22 - 4:00 PM

Jordan Hill said he wouldn't have been back with the Lakers if they retained coach Mike D'Antoni.

"If Mike was here, I wouldn't be back," Hill said. "That's the way it was. No disrespect to Mike, but apparently I didn't fit his system. Why would I come back?" Hill was shuffled in and out of the lineup for D'Antoni, so this isn't a surprise. He is locked in as the starting center and is a great target in the later rounds. If he stays healthy, he could be a terrific asset.
Oct 22 - 3:53 PM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) will be re-evaluated in "a week or so," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

That would put him in jeopardy of missing the season opener on Wednesday against the New York Knicks. Butler suffered the injury on Sunday and he will miss the rest of the preseason. He was having a superb preseason and should be more efficient this year, so fantasy owners can still target him in the middle rounds.
Oct 22 - 3:24 PM

Joakim Noah (knee) will wear a knee brace all season.

The team admitted his rehab took longer than expected, but Noah did say this week that he's not dealing with swelling. That could change as the year goes along, so he might need some rest days, which won't be a huge problem for them considering their depth up front. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting Noah.
Oct 22 - 3:08 PM

Nerlens Noel (illness) is not expected to start on Thursday night.

He's been out for a week with his illness and may have his minutes limited. Noel is fully expected to start the season opener and he's going to have some ups and downs in his rookie year. Fantasy owners can target him in the middle rounds.
Oct 22 - 2:16 PM



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