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.
January 21, 2020, 8:42 pmMason PlumleeC, Denver Nuggets
Mason Plumlee (right cuboid) has been ruled out for Wednesday's tilt against the Rockets.
Plumlee's absence stings as the Nuggets are already without Paul Millsap (left knee contusion). This means Jerami Grant will see all the frontcourt minutes he can handle, making him an attractive DFS play.
January 21, 2020, 8:39 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray is still not over his left ankle sprain and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game.
Murray was looking at a multiple-game absence with his injury, so the report is simply in-line with those projections. He's worth a hold as a top-50 value player when healthy.
January 21, 2020, 8:37 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap (left knee contusion) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.
With Millsap still unable to take to the court, we should see Jerami Grant and even more Michael Porter Jr., both of whom are worth owning in standard leagues while Millsap is out.
January 21, 2020, 8:35 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris (right adductor strain) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.
Harris can be dropped in standard leagues, but keep him on your watch lists in case he finds his way back to Healthy Land. For now, find productive warm bodies to get you those wins.
January 21, 2020, 8:28 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Johnson (right quad contusion) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.
Johnson is not worth a hold right now. He can be streamed for his 3s once he's healthy and active again.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 8:21 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes will miss Wednesday's game as he continues to recover from left hip soreness.
Baynes is a drop in 16-team leagues or shallower now. His reduced minutes and recent injury has made him expendable for fantasy teams in the hunt for Ws.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 7:10 pmMaurice HarklessSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Maurice Harkless (sore lower back) will play in Tuesday's game against the Mavs.
Harkless should resume his role on the wing where he should see a few extra minutes with Paul George still out. Play him as you normally would.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 7:01 pmRomeo LangfordSG, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have assigned G Romeo Langford to the Maine Red Claws of the G League on Tuesday.
Langford will now get the opportunity to develop with extended minutes down in the G League. If there are injuries to the Celtics rotation, he will be back up again. Langford is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Celtics on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 6:57 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) will make his return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Clippers, though coach Rick Carlisle said that he “likely will play shorter stretches than normal.”
Porzingis is ready to go after being out of action for a few weeks. It initially seemed to be maintenance but turned into a multi-game absence. Plug Porzingis back into all lineups tonight with this being the only game on the slate, but monitor his injury situation closely. The Mavs will likely go back to the playing restrictions that were presumed to be present before the season started.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 6:48 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown Jr. (right thumb sprain) is being listed as available to play for Wednesday's game against the Kings.
Brown has been listed as available on just about every Pistons injury report lately but has yet to miss time because of the thumb. The bigger concern is what the impact of the impending return of Reggie Jackson (questionable) has on Brown's usage as a distributor. Keep a close eye on the situation in the coming games.
Source: NBA Injury Report