• LeBron James
    F, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James led the Lakers in scoring with 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting to go with 11 boards, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in Saturday's game against the Spurs.

    James was doing it all for the Lakers tonight and it looks like that'll be the case all season long as they really have no other options to turn to when things start to sputter on the offensive end. The team only scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and the pace dropped dramatically tonight which is probably good for James' season long outlook. He'll continue to put up numbers as he tries to get the Lakers into the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.

Fantasy News

  • Kobi Simmons
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    On Sunday, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced Kobi Simmons' contract had been converted to a two-way deal.

    Simmons did enough during the preseason to secure a spot on the Hornets' roster. In four preseason games Simmons averaged 4.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds, over an average of 12 minutes per game. Simmons is highly unlikely to have an active role in fantasy this season.

    Source: NBA

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Regarding Kelly Olynyk's (right knee bone bruise) role for the start of the season, head coach Erik Spoelstra stressed keeping him active but not forcing Olynyk into more minutes than he can handle.

    The Heat are going to take things slow with Olynyk and make sure the injury does not become a persistent issue. It is a pain for his owners to wait through, but Olynyk looked good in his limited preseason performances. He may not get his full compliment of minutes after being a full participant in practice for only the past five days. However, it should only be a matter of weeks until Olynyk is back to his normal workload.

    Source: Khobi Price on Twitter

  • Tyler Ulis
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings have waived Tyler Ulis and Hollis Thompson.

    Ulis has been injured during training camp, but had little chance of making the roster with Cory Jospeh and Yogi Ferrell in front of him. Other teams may want to see him healthy before taking a shot on him. Thompson should garner some interest around the league fairly quickly.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Vlatko Cancar
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Vlatko Cancar (ankle) hurt his ankle during Sunday's practice.

    The ankle injury may put his availability in question for opening night. An update should be coming out with more information regarding the injury, but Cancar should not be on any draft boards regardless.

    Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter

  • Rodney McGruder
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Rodney McGruder (high ankle sprain) is questionable to play in Tuesday's opening game versus the Lakers.

    McGruder is noted to be progressing well, but high ankle sprains tend to be tricky and if re-injured could shelve a player for several weeks. If McGruder is healthy enough to suit up, he figures absorb some of Paul George's allotted minutes.

    Source: Tomer Azarly on Twitter

  • Alen Smailagic
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) has a chance to play in Thursday's season opener.

    Smailagic was expected to miss a decent amount of time, so him not being ruled out is somewhat shocking. There is no reason to look at Smailagic in any drafts, but him missing time could funnel more minutes to Jordan Poole.

    Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Golden State Warriors

    Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot strain) will not play in Thursday's season opener.

    WCS has been cleared fr non-contact drills, but with Kevon Looney looking healthy it makes the call easier to take the cautious approach. WCS is looking like Looney's primary backup.

    Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    The Knicks will not announce their starting point guard until Wednesday.

    Death, taxes and Knicks head coach David Fizdale doing Fizdale-like stuff. The battle has been between Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr., while Frank Ntilikina sits in the background. It appears that after a few more days of practice Fizdale will have the sample size he needs to make confirm his starter, but for now they both remain as late-round fliers.

    Source: Marc Berman on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) has been ruled out of Tuesday's season opener.

    This isn't a shocker considering Kuzma has yet to be cleared for contact. He is still participating in non-contact half-court drills, but has no firm timetable to return.

    Source: Bill Oram on Twitter

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    Kevon Looney (right hamstring strain) will play in Thursday's game and possibly open as the starting center.

    Looney practiced on Sunday and looked good to go. Looney is the favorite to start, it just seems like his health will determine whether or not he does. Looney offers late-round appeal in standard leagues and remains a sleeper on most boards.

    Source: Monte Pool on Twitter