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Damyean Dotson has agreed to a 2-year, $4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Nov 23   12:58 PM

The 26-year-old wing spent three seasons with the Knicks, posting career averages of 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.2 triples in 20 minutes per game. He's facing an uphill battle for minutes on his new team though, as the Cavaliers have Isaac Okoro, Kevin Porter Jr. and Cedi Osman on the wings. 

Markieff Morris has returned to the Lakers on a minimum deal. 

Nov 23   12:58 PM

He had some interest from the Clippers and Raptors but ultimately decided to run it back with the Lakers. This a terrible spot for his fantasy value as he's penciled in as the No. 3 power forward. 

Solomon Hill has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. 

Nov 23   12:12 PM

The Hawks are absolutely loaded with wing depth now so we're not expecting Hill to crack the rotation. He's miles off the fantasy radar. 

The Lakers and Clippers are still in pursuit of free agent Markieff Morris. 

Nov 23   11:35 AM

Both teams are trying to fill out their roster with more veteran depth, but wherever Markieff lands he's looking at a very limited role. His brother Marcus landed a massive deal with the Clippers while Markieff will likely have to settle for a deal near the veteran's minimum. Fantasy managers can look elsewhere.

Adam Mokoka will return to the Bulls on a two-way contract. 

Nov 23   10:52 AM

He had some nice flashes to end last season but will spend most of 2020-21 developing in the G League. Last year he made 11 appearances with the Bulls, but averaged just 10.2 minutes per game. 

ESPN football guru Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday that Deandre Bembry will sign a two-year deal with the Raptors.

Nov 23   1:47 AM

We're not sure why Schefter is dropping NBA news, which he called a mini-bomb, but Adrian Wojnarowski chipped in with "They're in the NBA, not the CFL." The deal is said to be for $4 million and the deal is not guaranteed for the second year. Bembry is athletic and a safe, cheap addition for the Raptors, but he shouldn't be a difference maker in fantasy. 

Suns GM James Jones said No. 10 pick Jalen Smith will get playing time alongside Deandre Ayton this season.

Nov 23   12:26 AM

Jones said Smith will play "minutes early" this season, adding, "I'm looking forward to seeing [Smith and Ayton] anchoring the floor together, even if it's for stints." Jones views the Suns' incoming lottery pick as a "versatile four that can stretch the floor, that can run in transition," and he expects him to play both power forward and center. Smith's ability to play center could be critical for him to earn playing time, especially now that Jae Crowder has joined Cam Johnson at the PF spot.

The Wizards have signed Garrison Mathews on a two-way contract.

Nov 22   8:56 PM

Mathews had a 28-point game last December, but wasn't a reliable part of the Wizards' rotation with only 18 appearances. “Garrison showed in flashes last season that he can contribute with his shooting range and hustle,” said GM Tommy Sheppard. “Maintaining his development within our system as a two-way player is the best way for him to continue his improvement." Fantasy owners can safely ignore him.

The Cavaliers are acquiring JaVale McGee and a future second-round pick from the Lakers.

Nov 22   8:15 PM

L.A. wanted to clear more cash for an offer to free agent Marc Gasol, so they jettisoned McGee and quickly came to terms on a deal with Gasol. As for McGee, it's unclear if Cleveland will be his final landing spot this season. If he does stick with the Cavs, he'd serve as Andre Drummond's backup and cut into the backup-center minutes of Larry Nance and Jordan Bell.

Jordan Bell has been traded to the Lakers as part of the deal sending JaVale McGee to Cleveland.

Nov 22   8:15 PM

Bell's $1.8 million salary isn't guaranteed and there's a good chance he's waived by L.A., though ESPN's Bobby Marks notes, "To make the money work, [the Lakers] will need to guarantee part of [Bell's] salary." He has some intriguing per-minute fantasy value, but that's irrelevant if he can't crack an NBA rotation.

Alfonzo McKinnie has been traded from the Cavs to the Lakers.

Nov 22   8:15 PM

McKinnie was included in the deal that brought JaVale McGee to Cleveland, but it's only to make the finances of the deal work. He's not on the fantasy radar.

The Wolves are trading Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans and a future second-round pick to New York for Ed Davis.

Nov 22   7:37 PM

Jaden McDaniels, Jarred Vanderbilt and Naz Reid backing up the starters. Davis gives the Wolves some much-needed rebounding and defense off the bench, but it's not a role that will yield fantasy value.

Omari Spellman is headed to New York as part of a three-player deal sending Ed Davis to the Wolves.

Nov 22   7:37 PM

Spellman never found a niche with Minnesota last season and he'll have an equally hard time finding minutes in New York, where the top four in the frontcourt are Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, Obi Toppin and Nerlens Noel.

Jacob Evans has been traded to the Knicks as part of a deal sending Ed Davis to the Wolves.

Nov 22   7:37 PM

This is not a hospitable locale for Evans, as he joins an overflowing group of guards in New York. If the Knicks don't trade him or waive him there's a good chance he'll spend time in the G League.

E'Twaun Moore is signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Suns, according to Marc Stein.

Nov 22   7:00 PM

Moore gives Phoenix some versatile depth with his ability to play 2-3 positions, but his fantasy utility is limited. He helped fantasy GMs sporadically in New Orleans over the past four years, but that was largely due to reliable playing time -- he averaged 31.5 minutes in 2017-18 and 27.6 minutes in 2018-19, before dipping down to 18.2 last year. There's no obvious appeal here.

The Pacers acquired PG Jalen Lecque and a future second-round pick in a trade with OKC on Sunday.

Nov 22   7:00 PM

Lecque gives Indiana backcourt depth, but he's on the outside looking in with Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. McConnell already on the roster.

T.J. Leaf will be traded from the Pacers to the Thunder for Jalen Lecque and a future second-round pick.

Nov 22   6:27 PM

Leaf never made a reliable impression in the Pacers' rotation, averaging 8.7 minutes in his first three seasons. He'll have a much better chance to earn playing time for the rebuilding Thunder, who currently have Mike Muscala as their primary PF on the depth chart.

E'Twaun Moore is signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal w/ Suns, according to Marc Stein.

Nov 22   4:42 PM

The Sixers are acquiring center Tony Bradley in a one-for-one trade with the Pistons.

Nov 22   4:42 PM

Zhaire Smith is headed to Detroit in the deal, as both teams shift minor pieces to address position needs. Bradley gives Philly some emergency depth in the middle, but he shouldn't be in the rotation while Joel Embiid and Dwight Howard are healthy.

Zhaire Smith has been traded to the Pistons in exchange for Tony Bradley.

Nov 22   4:42 PM

Smith never found his footing in Philly and he played a total of 32 minutes last season. Hope springs eternal for young players in Detroit this season, as the Pistons embark on an all-out rebuild, but Smith will have to prove he can shoot (37.8% through two season) before earning fantasy GMs' attention.

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