• 2019-2020 Minnesota Timberwolves Season Recap to date

    2018-2019 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

            36-46                                     25-16                            11-30

    2019-2020 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

             19-45                                     8-24                            11-21

    Fun Facts for the season

    -The Wolves were forced to use 24 starting lineups throughout 64 games so far this season, with their most common group of starters playing 10 games together with a record of 3-7: D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Josh Okogie, Juancho Hernangómez and Naz Reid

    -In games that Karl-Anthony Towns started for the Wolves, the team had a record of 10-25 compared with 9-20 in games that Towns did not play

    -Malik Beasley was able to enter the standard league radar once he joined the Wolves, producing 8th/7th round per-game value in 14 games with the Wolves compared with the 23rd/22nd round per-game value that he had while playing for the Nuggets for the first 41 games of the season

    -After producing standard league value over his last eight seasons, the 2019-20 campaign was the first year since Jeff Teague’s second season in the league in which he was outside the top 150 in 8/9-cat leagues

    -Ryan Saunders remains the youngest active head coach in the NBA at 33 years old and is only one of two head coaches below the age of 40 (Taylor Jenkins, who coaches the Grizzlies, is 34)

    -Jordan McLaughlin finished the season as the highest ranked two-way contract player in terms of per-game value, finishing the season with 16th/15th per-game value

    For a closer look at how the season has gone, be sure to check out our Season So Far series. The Wolves’ entry can be found right here.

    Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Karl-Anthony Towns (1st round/3rd round)

    -D’Angelo Russell (4th round/5th round)

    Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Malik Beasley (8th round/7th round, post trade-deadline with Wolves)

    -James Johnson (7th round/7th round, post trade-deadline with Wolves)

    -Jordan McLaughlin (10th round/10th round, post trade-deadline with Wolves)

    -Naz Reid (12th round/11th round, post trade-deadline with Wolves)

    Rosterable in standard points leagues

    (This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)

    -Karl-Anthony Towns (1st round)

    -D’Angelo Russell (3rd round)

    Flashes of value in standard points leagues:

    -Malik Beasley (6th round, value since Feb 12)

    -James Johnson (8th round, value since Feb 12)

    -Juancho Hernangómez (8th round, value since Feb 12)

    -Naz Reid (9th round, value since Feb 12)

    Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season

    -Karl-Anthony Towns (all formats)

    -D’Angelo Russell (all formats)

    -Malik Beasley (all formats)

    Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season

    -James Johnson (all formats)

    Upcoming Notable Free Agents

    -Malik Beasley (restricted)

    -James Johnson (player option of $16.05M for 2020-21 season)

    -Juancho Hernangómez (restricted)

    -Evan Turner (unrestricted)

    -Allen Crabbe (unrestricted)

    -Jordan McLaughlin (unrestricted)

    Key Additions

    -D’Angelo Russell (acquired via trade)

    -Malik Beasley (acquired via trade)

    -James Johnson (acquired via trade)

    -Juancho Hernangómez (acquired via trade)

    -Allen Crabbe (acquired via trade)

    -Evan Turner (acquired via trade)

    Key Departures

    -Andrew Wiggins (traded to Warriors)

    -Robert Covington (traded to Rockets)

    -Jeff Teague (traded to Hawks)

    -Shabazz Napier (traded to Nuggets)

    Upcoming Draft Picks

    -2020 first round pick

    -2020 first round pick (via Brooklyn, protected top 14 in 2020-22; if not conveyed by 2022, becomes 2022 and 2024 second round picks)

    -2020 second round pick

    -2021 first round pick (protected top 3; 4-30 goes to Golden State; if not conveyed in 2021, becomes an unprotected 2022 first to Golden State)

    -2022 first round pick

    -2022 second round pick

    -2022 second round pick (more favorable of Philadelphia or Denver)

Fantasy News

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.

    With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets

  • Jon Leuer
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.

    Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.

    Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.

    The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.

    Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.

    The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.

    Source: Euro Hoops

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.

    With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.

    Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the NBA has entered "exploratory conversations" with Disney on restarting the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

    NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA and NBPA have discussed with Disney on restarting the season in late July. Marc Stein reported on Friday that it is looking increasingly likely that games will resume in July, and it appears that the stage for the rest of the 2019-20 season is likely to be Orlando.

    Source: ESPN

  • LaMelo Ball
    PG, International

    The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.

    The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.

    Source: SNY

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”

    Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.

    Source: Forbes

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.

    Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter