Players News

T.J. Warren said on Wednesday that he's fully healthy heading into his first season with the Pacers, according to Scott Agness of The Athletic.
Sep 21   12:16 AM

Warren, who was acquired from the Suns in exchange for the 32nd overall pick in June's NBA Draft, has missed a total of 56 games over the last two seasons due to injury. While on the court the sixth-year forward is an effective scorer, as he accounted for 18.0 points per game in 43 appearances last season, but being able to stay healthy is the issue. With Victor Oladipo set to miss time as he continues to recover from the ruptured patellar tendon he suffered in January, and Bojan Bogdanovic now in Utah, the Pacers are going to need scoring from players such as Warren.

Coach Ryan Saunders could give Karl-Anthony Towns some ball-screen action and allow him to push the ball after a rebound.
Sep 21   12:16 AM

President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas said the Wolves will try to "find a happy balance" in KAT being a scorer and trying to mix in some Nikola Jokic-like impact to how the offenses run. KAT's trainer, Matt Mazarei, said that the big man has spent even more time on ball-handling this summer to lead up to this season. "Now the offense, if he doesn’t bring the ball up, he’s going to be the Jokic-type where he’s up top and everything is run through him," Mazarei said. "So if he gets it at the top of the key, he’s got plenty of stuff in the bag. It’s going to be a pick-your-poison type of deal for the defender." KAT makes a very strong case for the No. 1 pick in almost any format.

Coach Steve Clifford said he expects Nikola Vucevic to shoot it better from three in the 2019-20.
Sep 21   12:16 AM

"I just don’t see that he did anything that he wouldn’t be capable improving on this year," Clifford said. "It’s not like he shot the ball really well from 3-point range, it’s not like he shot 43 percent and won’t be able to keep that up." Vooch has improved his 3P% in each of his last three seasons to 36.4% last year, so perhaps there could be more shots outside the arc. He's coming off a monster season as a first-round guy, so he will be someone to target in the later teens and in the 20s for most category-based formats.

Coach Steve Clifford said Mo Bamba will be the backup center to start camp.
Sep 21   12:16 AM

"I’m a believer that you don’t lose your position because of an injury, and Khem [Birch] understands that and we’ve talked about it," Clifford said. "That doesn’t mean Khem isn’t going to play." The Magic limited Bamba at Vegas because of his season-ending stress fracture injury, but for now it seems like the team will allow him to get minutes in the upper teens behind Nikola Vucevic. Just keep an eye on him as a blocks specialist in deep leagues.

Coach Steve Clifford said he's "happy" with Markelle Fultz's work with the team this summer.
Sep 21   12:16 AM

"He’s so talented, but just because of the situation [with his injured shoulder], it’s just about him taking it day by day," Clifford said. "Seeing how things have progressed have helped him and that’s just the smart way to go for now.’’ The coach added that Fultz has "been great" with the team, and that the No. 1 pick "has a love of the game." Fultz still doesn't have a timetable to return, and he continues to be one of the mysteries in the NBA. He's only a last-round flyer at best.

General manager James Jones said the Suns could play Deandre Ayton at power forward if needed.
Sep 21   12:16 AM

Yikes. Jones said Frank Kaminsky, Dario Saric and Cheick Diallo could also play some four. Ayton should see an uptick in output with Ricky Rubio running some more screen-and-roll plays, and Ayton is also expected to expand his range. He'll be coming off the board in the third round in just about all competitive drafts and he should be worth that price tag.

The Heat have signed Daryl Macon to a training camp deal.
Sep 20   5:29 PM

Macon spent the 2018-19 season with the Mavericks on a two-way deal and helped himself with a decent showing at the Summer League with 12.6 points and 4.0 dimes. The Heat have 14 roster spots set in stone, so Macon is expected to compete with Kyle Alexander, Chris Silva, Mychal Mulder, Jeremiah Martin and Davon Reed for a two-way contract in Miami.

Romeo Langford (thumb) has reportedly been fully cleared.
Sep 20   2:02 PM

The Celtics nabbed Langford with the 14th pick the 2020 Draft despite a thumb issue that bothered him throughout his freshman season at Indiana. He had surgery on his right thumb in April, which sidelined him for summer league. However, he should be ready to rock at the start of training camp. He is not expected to make a fantasy impact as a rookie.

Arron Afflalo reportedly worked out of the Rockets on Thursday.
Sep 20   2:02 PM

Afflalo is one of many players that have worked out for Houston while they've held a minicamp in Las Vegas this week. Afflalo did not play in the NBA last year. His last action in the league came back in 2017-18 with Orlando.

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Rockets are signing Thabo Sefolosha.
Sep 20   11:28 AM

Sefolosha was one of the better free agents left on the market. He was part of a group of players that included Terrence Jones, Nick Young, Luc Mbah A Moute, Corey Brewer and Raymond Felton - that worked out at the Rockets minicamp in Vegas last week. Thabo will get a one-year deal at the minimum. He is not expected to make a fantasy impact next season.

Klay Thompson said he plans to play for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics.
Sep 20   10:43 AM

"I would love to play (for) Team USA," Thompson said. "That is the plan. I would love to be on the Olympic team." Klay's Splash Brother, Stephen Curry, echoed similar sentiments earlier in the week, so America should have a much stronger squad than the team that finished seventh in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Hawks G League affiliate acquired the returning player rights to Tahjere McCall from the Long Island Nets in exchange for the returning player rights of Anthony Brown.
Sep 20   10:43 AM

McCall played on the Atlanta Hawks’ Las Vegas Summer League team in 2019, averaging 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals in 31.0 minutes a game. Prior to Summer League, McCall spent the last two seasons with the Long Island Nets. No fantasy impact here.

The NBA and the Players' Association have ruled that Nene's contract with the Rockets will exclude more than $7 million in annual "likely" bonuses if he's traded.
Sep 19   7:28 PM

Houston was very creative in their deal with Nene, but this final ruling puts them in a tight spot -- as capologist Albert Nahmad wrote, the Rockets "now essentially have a fully guaranteed $2.6M salary, for a player they can’t play more than [nine] regular-season games without risking triggering another $2.4M in bonuses." The intention seemed to be using him as a trade chip, but now he's likely just an end-of-bench center on a roster that already includes Clint Capela and Tyson Chandler.

The Nuggets have signed free agent center Tyler Zeller to a training camp deal.
Sep 19   3:57 PM

Zeller played for the Hawks and Grizzlies last season but only appeared in six games total, after averaging 6.7 points and 4.6 rebounds during the 2017-18 season. A solid camp could improve Zeller's odds of earning a regular-season deal, but it's unlikely to be with the Nuggets, who already have Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee at the position with Bol Bol as a tantalizing prospect.

Coach Nick Nurse said the Raptors want to get OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
Sep 19   3:32 PM

Someone has to break out in Toronto, and it might be OG. The Raptors will spread Kawhi Leonard's usage around, but Anunoby figures to get the first crack at the bulk of the SF minutes. Plus, the Raptors have been excited about OG and Pascal Siakam before, so their front office is likely very fired up about seeing what he can do. His unknown ceiling makes him a target in the later rounds.

Coach Nate McMillan said Victor Oladipo (knee) isn't "playing live" yet and probably won't play on opening night.
Sep 19   2:57 PM

Oladipo is progressing well and there are some videos of him doing on-court work this summer. However, it sounds like he's not ready for contact yet, and it would appear he's still looking at a return date in November or December. He'll be someone to stash, but expect a lengthy recovery with plenty of limitations on his playing time until the 2020 portion of the season. Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren and Aaron Holiday could benefit the most.

Coach Dwane Casey said Blake Griffin (knee) is back on the court, but the training staff is working with him to not overdo it.
Sep 19   2:57 PM

" He’s not where he was at this time last year, physically," Casey said. After knee surgery just as the Pistons were knocked out of the playoffs, Griffin could have extra limits on his playing time and he is a strong bet to see some load management. Casey did add that Blake should be 100% at camp, so being a little behind right now may not affect his minutes in October. The coach also said the team may be more "judicious" with his usage rate this year. He's expected to slide in drafts given his injury history combined with some holes to his fantasy game outside of scoring, some passing and rebounding.

Coach Dwane Casey said Luke Kennard had some knee tendinitis this summer.
Sep 19   2:57 PM

Casey also said he's not sure if he will start Kennard. "I see Luke having a big year this year, playing with a confidence, run a lot of offense through him with the second unit – first or second, I’m not going to make a total decision right now which way we’re going to go with that," Casey said. The coach predictably said he has high hopes for the third-year guard, and he did mention that he had some tendinitis this summer.

Aaron Gordon said he wanted to be a better post-up player this summer.
Sep 19   2:57 PM

He was top 30 in post-up possessions per game last year, but he was not efficient on those plays at just 29.9 percentile. Gordon has been hesitant to be in a traditional four role in the offense, but this year the team may try to get him down on the block more. There's still some room for improvement, but upping his shooting percentages would give him some major untapped potential in fantasy. He's still a guy to look at the middle rounds of drafts.

Jonathan Isaac is now up to 240 pounds and stands almost at seven feet.
Sep 19   2:57 PM

Last month, he took a big jump to 234 pounds from the 209 he played at last season. Isaac looked enormous at Team USA camp, and he still showed plenty of explosiveness on face-up scoring attempts. If he can stay on the court for 30 minutes at this weight, he'll have a shot at early-round value. He's a player we're targeting in the early-mid rounds.

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