• Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.

    It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.

    Source: Dan Woike on Twitter

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  • Tyler Ulis
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings are listing Tyler Ulis (right groin strain) as out for Monday's preseason game.

    As the fifth point guard on the depth chart, Ulis has almost no chance of making the final roster. His absence won't change anything for fantasy purposes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Andre Roberson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Andre Roberson (left knee) will remain sidelined during Monday's preseason game with the Mavs.

    Roberson was hoping to play in the preseason to get ready for the real deal, but the Thunder haven't cleared him for that just yet. OKC's wing group is full of question marks and a healthy Roberson could end up starting, but there's just too much uncertainty around his recovery to endorse him as a fantasy selection outside the deepest of leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    The Heat will be without Kelly Olynyk (right knee bruise) for Monday's preseason game.

    Olynyk still has yet to appear for the Heat after suffering a bone bruise while playing with Team Canada this summer. He should be able to claim the starting power forward job when healthy and offers sneaky top-100 upside, but the lack of clarity surrounding his return date is hurting his draft stock. We're still on board with Olynyk as a late-round selection in standard drafts.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter (right knee pain) will not play in Monday's preseason tilt with the Heat.

    Huerter said earlier in camp that he wasn't worried about his status for opening night, and although the expectation is that he'll be ready for the regular season it is a little troubling that he has yet to play in the preseason. Huerter returned to practice on Friday, so hopefully this is the Hawks playing it safe with their presumed starting shooting guard. Health permitting, Huerter makes for a quality pick in the final few rounds of 12-team drafts.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Evan Turner
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Evan Turner (left Achilles pain) is listed as probable for Monday's preseason matchup with the Heat.

    Turner returned to practice on Friday and will get right back to competing for backup point guard minutes. His versatility should come in handy for the Hawks but as a veteran on a rebuilding team, he figures to have minimal fantasy value.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Tyler Lydon
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Tyler Lydon (right hip inflammation) and Hollis Thompson (right hip bursitis) have been ruled out of Monday's preseason game against the Jazz.

    Neither Lydon nor Thompson will figure into the rotation when the regular season opens, but they will miss a chance to climb the pecking order tonight. This news has no fantasy impact unless you're playing preseason DFS.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    In a recent mailbag, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee said that the Kings are willing to sign Bogdan Bogdanovic to a max-length contract extension, but Bogdanovic may head to free agency in hopes of a bigger payday.

    Anderson threw out $12.85 million as the salary at which the Kings would happily sign the dotted line, but Bogdanovic is coming off an excellent performance in the World Cup and would offer one of the best blends of current production and upside in what's set to be a weak free agent class. Unfortunately for Bogdanovic, he could be facing a playing time crunch this year. The Kings have locked in their backcourt of the future and went out of the way to re-sign Harrison Barnes and add Trevor Ariza at the small forward spot. It will be tough for BB8 to repeat last season's 27.8 mpg so he's shaping up as a late-round selection in the 14-16-team range. There is upside for more, at least.

    Source: Sacramento Bee

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Although Buddy Hield wants to sign an extension with the Kings, the two sides do not appear all that close to an agreement.

    "They’re talking, but nothing is moving yet. Nothing has moved," Hield said. The 26-year-old is headed for restricted free agency if no deal is worked out, so it's possible that the Kings let the market determine Hield's next salary if the current gap is too wide to bridge. Either way, it seems unlikely that the Kings would let Hield go following his breakout season. Hield is adamant about wanting to stay in Sacramento but did say, "I want to be here and if it doesn’t happen, then things can go the other way." We wouldn't expect this contract talk to affect Hield's play, and he looks like a viable selection in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.

    Source: Sacramento Bee

  • Dedric Lawson
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have waived Dedric Lawson.

    Lawson, a UDFA out of Kansas, was signed to an Exhibit 10 contract. He averaged 12.3 minutes across three preseason games and will likely spend his year in the G-League.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    In the wake of Gerald Green's broken left foot, the Rockets will take a closer look at Ben McLemore.

    The team has been happy with McLemore's work so far, with Mike D'Antoni saying, "He has played well and we'll keep looking at him." The Rockets have a thin bench and Green was shaping up as the primary backup at shooting guard, so his minutes and shots are now up for grabs. McLemore will have to compete with guys like Danuel House and Thabo Sefolosha for wing minutes but if he was ever going to reestablish himself in the league, this looks like his best chance. Managers in 30-team leagues can consider McLemore a late-round pick, though he may be able to get himself on the radar shallower formats over time.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter