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Solomon Hill joined George Hill, Rodney Stuckey, David West and Roy Hibbert in part of Tuesday's practice.

C.J. Miles (calf) missed part of practice today, so this isn't a concrete report. However, Hill seems to be the favorite for minutes at small forward this season. He has a decent 3-point shot and made 39 percent from beyond the arc in each of his last two seasons at Arizona. If he can capitalize on his opportunity, Hill is a dark horse for production in his sophomore season and is a possible sleeper in standard formats.
Sep 30 - 7:48 PM

Chris Copeland has been moved to small forward full time.

It's a move based on the fallout of Paul George's (leg) injury. Copeland played an overwhelming amount of his playing time at power forward with the Pacers, but he has some range and his game can translate to the three. If Solomon Hill flops, Copeland could emerge as an asset in standard leagues.
Sep 30 - 7:42 PM

C.J. Miles missed some of Tuesday's practice due to a strained calf.

He suffered the injury earlier this month and coach Frank Vogel did say Miles' calf has healed. The team is just keeping his workload in check before the season starts. He'll likely come off the bench and should have a very high usage rate while he's on the court. He's a player to think about later in drafts.
Sep 30 - 7:39 PM

James Harden said on Tuesday that he hopes to play in the Olympics in 2016.

He had a nice run at the FIBA World Cup, averaging 14.2 points per game in a stellar 60.2 effective field goal percentage. On the other hand, Harden also admitted his defense was "pretty bad" on Tuesday, but it didn't hurt his output last season. He was the best player in fantasy after the break and should be off the board in the top five picks.
Sep 30 - 7:36 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) went through practice on Tuesday.

He had a practice with contact a couple weeks ago, but he said on Monday that he's only at 70 percent. Holiday's injury was one of the stranger circumstances of last season, so we'll be looking for any sort of info we can leading up to the regular season. He's a risky target in the middle rounds for now.
Sep 30 - 7:32 PM

Ryan Anderson went through Tuesday's practice and showed "no sign of rust from injuries," according to Jennifer Hale of FOX Sports.

Coach Monty Williams said Anderson had a happy step and a good mojo entering training camp. He was cleared for contact earlier this month, but the team will likely ease him back into action. It's still unclear what his role will be and where he'll get his minutes, but he should still have no problem scoring in the teens while making at least 2.0 treys per game.
Sep 30 - 7:27 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol worked with the first unit on Tuesday.

It would have been a shock to see Taj Gibson start over Gasol, but it's still worth a mention. Pau will likely be a point forward for the Bulls and could be an underrated asset in fantasy leagues. He's a bit boring to draft since his role will likely be less on a slower-paced Bulls team, but that's fine.
Sep 30 - 7:23 PM

Mike Dunleavy worked with the first unit in Tuesday's practice.

There was some buzz that Doug McDermott or Tony Snell could unseat Dunleavy, but that seems unlikely at this point. Coach Tom Thibodeau usually leans on his veterans more than most coaches, which makes it tough to get excited about drafting McDermott in fantasy leagues. Dunleavy is a low-upside target late in deeper formats.
Sep 30 - 7:21 PM

Lucas Nogueira (groin) was limited in training camp on Tuesday.

He was overseas last year in Spain, but the Raptors bought out his contract. Nogueira showed some promise with his lengthy wingspan and he could eventually get in the rotation. However, it's going to take him a while to get all those arms and legs under contract. He can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Sep 30 - 7:11 PM

Bruno Caboclo (calf) went through Tuesday's practice without restrictions.

He was expected to be limited due to a stained calf, but it sounds like it was a very minor issue. General manager Masai Ujiri has a bit of a fascination with Caboclo, but he's probably not going to be in the rotation to start the year. He's only a target in extremely deep dynasty leagues due to his potential.
Sep 30 - 7:06 PM

Manu Ginobili (leg) said that he's "happy with how [he's] been playing" since returning to practice two weeks ago.

Ginobili missed the FIBA World Cup due to a small stress fracture in his right leg, but he's participating in the Spurs' training camp without any limitations. He averaged 22.8 minutes per game last year, lowest since his rookie season, and the added risk of DNP-CDs makes him a shaky late-round fantasy option.
Sep 30 - 6:57 PM

Russell Westbrook said that "moving the ball is ... something that [the Thunder] made a conscious effort" to improve this season.

The Thunder were seventh in offensive efficiency last year, but they ranked 25th in percentage of baskets assisted by a teammate. Westbrook's assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8 ranked 43rd among qualifying point guards, so it's a good early sign that he's focused on sharing the ball.
Sep 30 - 6:53 PM

When asked about the Grizzlies' glut of SGs and SFs this season, Tony Allen replied, "We've got a big bowl of gumbo there."

That's an appropriate description of a wing rotation that includes Allen, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, Tayshaun Prince and rookie Jordan Adams. Both the SG and SF spots are up for grabs, making the Grizzlies a team to watch throughout the preseason.

Grizzlies big man Jon Leuer had a double hernia operation in mid-August, but he said on Tuesday that he's "100 percent ... good to go."

He lost some weight while recovering from the operation but didn't sound concerned as Memphis opened their training camp with a practice heavy on running and conditioning drills. Leuer shouldn't be on typical fantasy radars while Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Kosta Koufos are all healthy.
Sep 30 - 6:37 PM

Alec Burks is hopeful that he can reach a contract extension with the Jazz this summer.

If no deal is reached, Burks will be headed toward restricted free agency in 2015. "I hope it does [get done]," he said. "I saw it work out with [Derrick Favors] before the season. I saw it work out with Gordon [Hayward] after the season." The Jazz are also trying to extend Enes Kanter before the season starts, thus locking up their young core for the foreseeable future.
Sep 30 - 6:32 PM

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