September 23, 2016, 1:15 am
Training camp is just around the corner and basketball news is starting to heat up. We’ve had updates on players recovering from injury, some newly injured players and even a trade to really those fantasy players’ juices flowing. We haven’t had a Daily Dish on the site for the past week, so let’s check out some of the big headlines floating around the league.
Several players are healing up nicely from injuries they suffered last season. Marc Gasol, Tiago Splitter and Eric Bledsoe look like they’ll ready for training camp or fully ready by preseason time. Chandler Parsons will still be limited during preseason is a risk-reward guy this season again.
The Lakers signed former lottery pick Thomas Robinson to a one-year deal. Robinson is not likely to be a fantasy factor, but this is one of the better situations for him to land in as the Lakers lack serious big man depth.
It is looking like Kevin Garnett will retire before the season kicks off and is in advanced discussions with the Timberwolves to reach a contract settlement. Now 40, he wasn’t expected to play a huge role and should be ready to call it quits.
Now for some bad news…
Paul Millsap will be out for three weeks due to some swelling in his knee. The procedure was not surgical and not considered serious, but the fact that he had swelling and is now 31 should at least be a note in the back of players’ minds on draft night.
Kris Middleton will likely miss around six months after tearing his hamstring. The Bucks were said to be looking for a replacement via trade and just pulled the trigger on a swap of Tyler Ennis for Michael Beasley. Whether Beasley is their solution is yet to be seen as they could be looking to add one more piece to fill Middleton’s minutes by a committee of lower quality players.
The loss of Middleton will have a big impact on draft boards, especially in keeper and dynasty league formats.
That does it for today. Be sure to keep tuning in and follow @hoopballtweets and @JohnRSill on Twitter for fantasy news all season long.