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Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas on Saturday 10-25-2014
Kalin Lucas G MEM
The Grizzlies waived Kalin Lucas and Patrick Christopher on Saturday.

Kevin Lipe on Twitter
They are expected to join the D-league and both are off of the fantasy radar.
Peyton Siva to be waived by the Magic 10-25-2014
Peyton Siva G ORL
The Orlando Magic have waived Peyton Siva, Seth Curry, Kadeem Batts, and Drew Crawford on Saturday.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
This was an expected move and these four players will end up in the D-league if they clear waivers. None of them have any fantasy value.
Tyreke Evans was extremely late to practice 10-25-2014
Tyreke Evans G NO
Tyreke Evans was extremely late to practice on Saturday.

John Reid on Twitter
He was probably an hour late or so, but everything seems to be fine. Coach Monty Williams said the team will take care of the issue internally.
Larry Sanders takes part in contact practice 10-25-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders took part in a portion of contact practice on Saturday and is building towards playing in the opener.

cfgardner on Twitter
This is a great sign for his status on Wednesday, and we will continue to monitor this situation closely. Sanders is a candidate to redeem himself after a disastrous campaign last season. He should fall nicely in drafts and you shouldn't hesitate to grab him in the early-late rounds.
Cartier Martin could start on Wednesday 10-25-2014
Cartier Martin F DET
Coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed on Saturday that Cartier Martin will start at shooting guard on Wednesday if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is unable to suit up.

Vincent Ellis on Twitter
If KCP does indeed sit out then Martin could be a decent daily option especially with Jodie Meeks (back) still out. KCP is still the player to target late in your drafts for his upside and he is not expected to be out much longer.
Ben McLemore passes concussion test 10-25-2014
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore (eye) received five stitches above his right eye, and passed his precautionary concussion test.

Marc J. Spears
McLemore was disappointing last season, and even though he has made strides in the preseason, it appears he will be locked in a timeshare with promising rookie Nik Stauskas. Neither player should be targeted in standard leagues, although Stauskas would be the better choice in deep leagues.
Cavs pick up option on Waiters 10-25-2014
Dion Waiters G CLE
The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters. To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues.
Victor Oladipo (face) may miss a month 10-25-2014
Victor Oladipo G ORL
Victor Oladipo is expected to miss one month of the season due to his facial fracture.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Most facial fractures tend to cost players 5-7 games, so this is a significant blow to Oladipo's prospects this season. The Magic have yet to announce what bone in Oladipo's face is broken, so we'll be on the lookout for that news. He's having a rough start to his season and is worth a look in the 60-100 range depending on your fantasy format. Evan Fournier is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Mavericks waive Bernard James on Saturday 10-25-2014
Bernard James F DAL
The Dallas Mavericks waived Bernard James, Ivan Johnson, and Doron Lamb on Saturday.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
They were not expected to make the team and Charlie Villanueva is breathing easy now. None of these players are on the fantasy radar.
Brooks makes it clear Jackson is on bench 10-25-2014
Reggie Jackson G OKC
Coach Scott Brooks said on Saturday that the Russell Westbrook-Reggie Jackson backcourt could challenge the Thunder on the defensive end. It was pretty obvious he was going to bring Jackson off the bench, but that's OK. Jackson's usage while Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook were on the bench last season was at a whopping 32.6 percent, so he'll definitely be worthy of a pick in the late-middle rounds.
Rudy Gay did not suffer facial fracture 10-25-2014
Rudy Gay F SAC
X-rays confirmed Rudy Gay did not suffer a facial fracture from Friday's game.

Marc Spears on Twitter
He had X-rays at a Sacramento hospital and everything seems fine for the small forward. Gay had a jaw injury at the FIBA World Cup, but it hasn't been an issue until now. It remains to be seen how losing Isaiah Thomas will affect him, but shooting below 34 percent in four of six preseason games is not a great start. He's a target closer to 50 in fantasy drafts.
Derrick Favors (sore knee) not practicing 10-25-2014
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors (knee) is not practicing on Saturday.

Tony Jones on Twitter
He just has knee soreness and there's no reason to be concerned. He is shifting to center and has already seen his assists go up in the preseason, so there are a lot of things to like the former No. 3 pick of the 2010 draft. He is a good bet to break out this season at 23 years old.
Charlie Villanueva will make the Mavs 10-25-2014
Charlie Villanueva F DAL
Charlie Villanueva will make the Mavs roster.

Tim MacMahon on Twitter
He didn't play well and the Mavericks have one of the deepest forward rotations in the NBA. Villanueva isn't going to make the rotation.
Clippers waive Joe Ingles 10-25-2014
Joe Ingles F LAC
Clippers waive F Joe Ingles. Despite being crossed over so badly that he wound up in the stands, Jared Cunningham is going to make the team. Ingles is probable D-League bound.
Earl Barron waived by Suns 10-25-2014
Earl Barron C PHO
Suns waive F/C Earl Barron. They're going to run and that's not exactly a style suitable for Barron. Anthony Tolliver is fitting right in and should get his fair share of treys in the rotation.
Jerami Grant targeting Nov. 5 10-25-2014
Jerami Grant F PHI
Jerami Grant (ankle) is expected to be back with the team on Nov. 5.

Tom Moore on Twitter
There hasn't been much news on his ankle injury and missing preseason has hurt his chances for minutes. Still, Henry Sims is not untouchable and fantasy owners in deep leagues will want to keep an eye on how the Sixers handle basically all of their positions.
Rodney Stuckey (sore foot) could miss opener 10-25-2014
Rodney Stuckey G IND
Rodney Stuckey (foot) said he hasn't done on-court work lately and is unsure if he'll be ready to start the season.

Scott Agness on Twitter
He's been out since Oct. 18 and this injury is taking a lot to heal than anticipated. Stuckey is expected to be a major part of the offense, but he's not exactly a must-grab player later in drafts because of a lack of triples and inefficient shooting.
Michael Carter-Williams to scrimmage on 11/6 10-25-2014
Michael Carter-Williams G PHI
Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is expected to scrimmage on Nov. 6.

Dei Lynam on Twitter
He is targeting a return of Nov. 13 for game action, but coach Brett Brown didn't seem very optimistic. "I don't think it'll take a month for [Carter-Williams] to come back [after starting to scrimmage]," Brown said. Carter-Williams hasn't been very positive about his shoulder injury and it's still possible he doesn't hit his target date. He's not a great target in fantasy drafts while Tony Wroten should start off hot.
David West (ankle) doesn't practice on Sat. 10-25-2014
David West F IND
David West (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

Scott Agness on Twitter
Beat writer Scott Agness said West's ankle is still swollen while coach Frank Vogel said the team will see how West feels in a couple of days. Basically, his chances of playing on Wednesday are not good, despite being one of the toughest players in the NBA. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola are both worth looks for short-term value.
George Hill (knee) unsure for the opener 10-25-2014
George Hill G IND
George Hill (knee contusion) said he wont' know for a couple days if he'll be ready for the opener on Wednesday.

Candace Buckner on Twitter
He had a contusion cost him more games than expected last year, so it's certainly possible Hill misses time. He is going to be a huge part of the offense and nothing is structurally wrong, so fantasy owners shouldn't move him too far down their boards.
Jason Richardson in a walking boot 10-25-2014
Jason Richardson G PHI
Jason Richardson (knee, right foot) was in a walking boot on Saturday.

Tom Moore on Twitter
Weird. He's been recovering from knee surgery, so the walking boot on his foot is something new. Richardson's story just keeps getting weirder and he probably won't be seeing action for a while.
Cavs waive Shane Edwards 10-25-2014
Shane Edwards F CLE
Cavs waive F Shane Edwards.

Jason Lloyd on Twitter
That means Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson made the team. Edwards is unlikely to be claimed by another team.
Spurs waive some guys on Saturday 10-25-2014
JaMychal Green F SA
The Spurs waived JaMychal Green, Fuquan Edwin and Robert Vaden on Saturday.

Dan McCarney on Twitter
Edwin and Vaden didn't even play, but Green had some run. These players aren't likely to be picked up and should clear waivers.
Brook Lopez misses practice on Saturday 10-25-2014
Brook Lopez C BKN
Brook Lopez (foot) did not practice on Saturday.

Andy Vasquez on Twitter
There is still some optimism he can suit up against the Celtics on Wednesday, but we don't like his chances. Lopez hurt his foot in a meaningless preseason game and being sidelined at some point almost seems unavoidable. Unless he slides big time, fantasy owners can let someone else deal with him.
Xavier Silas, James, Lucas are waived 10-25-2014
Xavier Silas G WAS
Wizards waive G Xavier Silas, F Damion James and G John Lucas.

J. Michael on Twitter
Silas had a nice 16-point game after the Bradley Beal (wrist) injury, but the team seems to have plenty of confidence on Otto Porter and Garrett Temple to fill in.
Andre Roberson doesn't practice 10-25-2014
Andre Roberson F OKC
Andre Roberson did not practice on Saturday due to an ankle injury.

Darnell Mayberry on Twitter
There is no word on the severity, but we'd guess he'll be ready to start the season. Roberson is very likely to be the starting shooting guard for OKC, but he'll only have value in deeper leagues.
Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice 10-25-2014
Perry Jones III F OKC
Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.
Blazers waive Garrett and Morris 10-25-2014
Darius Morris G POR
Blazers waive G Diante Garrett and G Darius Morris. Neither had much of a chance to make the team. Garrett and Morris are likely headed to the D-League.
Kris Humphries is back at practice 10-25-2014
Kris Humphries F WAS
Kris Humphries (hand) was back at practice on Saturday.

J. Michael on Twitter
It sounds like he's ready for the opener on Wednesday. Humphries had his stitches out of his hand on Friday, so he shouldn't be limited. With Nene out due to a one-game suspension, Hump and Kevin Seraphin should get minutes.
Raptors waive Jordan Hamilton 10-25-2014
Jordan Hamilton F TOR
Raptors waive G/F Jordan Hamilton. Unlike Andrea Bargnani, Hamilton was viewed as one of general manager's Masai Ujiri's guys. He might catch on with another team because the Raptors just didn't have room for him with teenage darling Bruno Caboclo on the roster.
Raptors waive Will Cherry 10-25-2014
Will Cherry G TOR
Raptors waive G Will Cherry.

Raptors MR on Twitter
He finished the preseason just 2-of-9 from the field and 1-of-3 from the line in his last two games. Cherry was great at summer league, but it obviously didn't translate.
Norris Cole starts, plays well on Friday 10-25-2014
Norris Cole G MIA
Norris Cole started against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes. He needed a strong couple games and came through. Shabazz Napier was pushing Cole for minutes, but he should be in the rotation. He might actually start, but Mario Chalmers is still the better option in most leagues as a sixth man.
Jazz pick up option for Gobert 10-25-2014
Rudy Gobert C UTH
The Jazz exercised their third-year option on Rudy Gobert.

NBA.com
He was the talk of summer league and it's carried over into the preseason. Gobert will be in the mix for leaders in blocks and rebounds per 48 minutes, and is certainly on the radar for any owner seeking help in those areas.
Jazz pick up option on Trey Burke 10-25-2014
Trey Burke G UTH
The Jazz picked up the third-year option on Trey Burke.

NBA.com
Despite a letdown in 2013-14, this was an easy call to bring Burke back on his rookie scale deal. He had a nice October and could be worthy of a pick later in fantasy drafts.
Knicks might not keep Shane Larkin 10-25-2014
Shane Larkin G NY
The Knicks may opt to not exercise the option on Shane Larkin's contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
The team was expected to pick up his option earlier this month, but they may want to keep the cap space. Larkin is expected to get some run in the second unit and may have value if Jose Calderon (calf) needs to miss time.
Cavs not close to extension with Tristan 10-25-2014
Tristan Thompson F CLE
The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are not close to coming to terms on an extension.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
It sounds like he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Thompson does have a big opportunity in front of him, but he will be coming off the bench. That said, he doesn't have a lot of presence in defensive stats and is inefficient, so we like other people later in drafts.
Evan Fournier puts up a nice line 10-25-2014
Evan Fournier G ORL
Evan Fournier played well off the bench against the Mavericks on Friday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He's on the fantasy radar as a deep-league pickup while Victor Oladipo (face) is on the mend. Fournier will handle the ball a lot and should be have some nice short-term value.
Jameer Nelson returns from ankle tweak 10-25-2014
Jameer Nelson G DAL
Jameer Nelson returned from a minor ankle tweak on Friday, finishing with four points, four rebounds and seven assists in 25 minutes. He just needed to be re-taped and everything is fine. Nelson had a productive preseason thanks to Raymond Felton going down, so fantasy owners missing out on point guards shouldn't hesitate to grab Jameer with their last couple picks.
Larry Sanders hopes to be ready for opener 10-25-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders said he hopes to play in the season opener.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
He had a surgery earlier this month and has been going through some non-contact practice. In some of the videos of practice, Sanders worked up a good sweat, so he's a littler closer to probable. Like most Bucks stories, this is a guessing game and we still don't even know what his surgery was for. He's worth a risk later in drafts and he should be able to fall to you near 100.
Trey Burke still plays OK, cools off a bit 10-25-2014
Trey Burke G UTH
Trey Burke made 5-of-14 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Suns on Friday. He was coming in scorching hot from deep, making 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) in his previous seven games. Burke was much better this month and only shot below 30 percent from the field in one game, something he did more than any other player last season. He is one of a handful of players to show major improvement this month and is worth a look later in drafts.
Enes Kanter has itchy trigger finger 10-25-2014
Enes Kanter C UTH
Enes Kanter made 4-of-14 from the field in 33 minutes as the starting center against the Suns on Friday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Amazingly, Kanter now has a block in his last three preseason games, which he failed to do in his first five games this month. He did add a 3-point shot to his arsenal, but ended up shooting just 3-of-15 (20 percent) on those. Kanter could improve and staying in shape is nice, but other players in the later rounds may have more upside.
Markieff Morris puts up a nice game in finale 10-25-2014
Markieff Morris F PHO
Markieff Morris finished his preseason on a high note with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Friday. He shot 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, which was nice to see after a mildly disappointing preseason. Obviously, we're not concerned and are expecting him to grow from his top-50 numbers after the break last season. He's a player you'll want to reach for.
Carmelo says Knicks will struggle w/ triangle 10-25-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony said on Friday the Knicks are"never going to have [the triangle offense] all the way down pat."

NY Post
Teammate J.R. Smith has been saying similar things and it seems obvious that the Knicks are going to start slow. Anthony is still going to get his and his slimmed-down frame should help his case for minutes. He's a first round pick in fantasy leagues.
Warriors waive Jason Kapono 10-25-2014
Jason Kapono G GS
Warriors waive G/F Jason Kapono. When you have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, you don't need more 3-pointer specialists. Kapono may wind up on a 10-day deal at some point.
Justin Holiday makes the Wariors 10-25-2014
Justin Holiday F GS
Justin Holiday made the Warriors 15-man roster. He had a magnificent summer league with a 29-point game and plenty of highlights, and he finished strong in October to earn the last roster spot. Holiday probably won't be in the rotation, but kudos to a guy who wasn't on a team a month ago.
Warriors waive James Michael McAdoo 10-25-2014
James Michael McAdoo F GS
Warriors waive F James Michael McAdoo. He had a terrific 20-point game on Oct. 16, but was very quiet in the other games. McAdoo will likely be headed to Santa Cruz.
Warriors waive Aaron Craft 10-25-2014
Aaron Craft G GS
Warriors waive G Aaron Craft. He had a nice run at summer league and was a leader on the court for that team, but he still has to come around from a talent standpoint. Craft will still be a pro basketball player somewhere, which is pretty cool
Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points 10-25-2014
Klay Thompson G GS
Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers. Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round.
Harrison Barnes not playing well still 10-25-2014
Harrison Barnes F GS
Harrison Barnes didn't look great in 24 minutes against the Nuggets with four points, two rebounds and three fouls on Friday. He hasn't done anything noteworthy this month and he's likely just going to be a place holder as the starting small forward. Fantasy owners should go with Draymond Green in the later rounds and can leave Barnes on the wire in even 16-team leagues.
Draymond shows his upside again 10-25-2014
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday. He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets.
Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes 10-25-2014
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes against the Warriors on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds and one foul. The minutes aren't there yet, but everything else looks great. He's getting to the line, taking triples and posting a high usage rate. As long as you're OK with him starting off slow, Gallinari is a decent target in the last few rounds of standard drafts.
Jusuf Nurkic looks good again 10-25-2014
Jusuf Nurkic C DEN
Jusuf Nurkic had another good game on Friday with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block in 15 minutes. His rebounding rate is off the charts and he kept his fouls down tonight. Nurkic probably won't be in the rotation to start the year, but the upside is there. Keep an eye on him in keeper leagues.
Chris Kaman gets the start next to Ro-Lo 10-25-2014
Chris Kaman C POR
Chris Kaman pushed missed a double-double in Friday's 99-89 win over the Clippers with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks. It's a good sign for his value to see coach Terry Stotts is willing to start him next to Robin Lopez. Kaman has been injury prone and has hasn't played big minutes in a while, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) should be ready for the opener.
Damian Lillard has a nice game 10-25-2014
Damian Lillard G POR
Damian Lillard scored 21 points with two rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday. He hasn't been a second-round guy on a per-game basis in fantasy leagues, but that fact that he hasn't missed a game in two seasons is quite a selling point. He's a No. 1 fantasy point guard in standard leagues and his increased effectiveness at the rim shows there's even some room for improvement. Lillard is a fairly safe target in the middle of the second round.
Meyers Leonard takes seven treys 10-25-2014
Meyers Leonard C POR
Meyers Leonard attempted seven triples and made two of them on his way to 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Friday. Yes, this is the same Meyers Leonard who went 0-of-6 from beyond the arc last season, so that's cool. He also hit three triples on Wednesday and is hotter from beyond than arc than most sharpshooters. Hopefully you don't need us to tell you he's not going to be a savior for 3-pointers in your fantasy league.
DeAndre plays 24 minutes 10-25-2014
DeAndre Jordan C LAC
DeAndre Jordan scored just two points with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday against the Clippers. He had a quiet preseason and it is a minor concern to see Spencer Hawes have a decent month. Although, Jordan looked good in spots on defense, so he's not going to take a major hit. We wouldn't expect him to be in the top 10 for minutes again this season, but he'll still be an awesome asset except for free throw shooting.
Blake Griffin puts up 21 points in 25 minutes 10-25-2014
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin scored 21 points in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover. On the down side, he shot just 1-of-3 from the line, which has been a problem in his last four. Griffin did have an positive stretch after the break at the line, so maybe that was a fluke, or maybe not. Still, he's probably going to be the top scorer at power forward and add other stats, as well.
Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes 10-25-2014
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Julius Randle just misses double-double 10-25-2014
Julius Randle F LAL
Julius Randle continued to get better on Friday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes. He was awful earlier this month, but he's coming around. Randle looked like a superstar at summer league and there is going to be an adjustment period. He could be a nice asset in a couple months, but he's not a great target unless you have sage-like patience.
Who's the Boss? Ed Davis w/ big double-double 10-25-2014
Ed Davis F LAL
Ed Davis was outstanding in the preseason finale with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings. He's had a couple bright spots and is going to be in the rotation to start the season. Davis probably won't be a big enough part of the offense on opening night, but any injury to a fellow Laker big man would make him an interesting option.
Carl Landry has a decent game in 23 mins. 10-25-2014
Carl Landry F SAC
Carl Landry scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes. He hasn't been very productive this month and the Kings have a mess at power forward. Reggie Evans miss all six shots from the field with 16 rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Jason Thompson played 18 minutes in his start with two points and three rebounds, and two turnovers. Basically, this situation for most fantasy owners can be summed up in one word: Nope.
DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale 10-25-2014
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes. While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round.
Dante Exum benched after struggling vs. Suns 10-25-2014
Dante Exum G UTH
Dante Exum scored two points with one block and zero rebounds, assists or steals in 10 minutes off Utah's bench on Friday.

Tony Jones on Twitter
Head coach Quin Snyder said he benched Exum because he was struggling with the physicality of the Suns' guards. That will be a theme for the rookie during the 2014-15 season, and it's one more reason to avoid him on draft day.
Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs 10-25-2014
Gordon Hayward G UTH
Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday. A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside.