• September is officially here.  What does this mean for fantasy hoops fans?  It means it is time to get a leg up on the competition as they all turn their focus towards the start of the NFL season.  Not to say you can’t enjoy football as well, but locking in on some advanced research through the Hoop-Ball.com Draft Guide now should pay dividends at the end of the NBA season.

    With a little more than a month until preseason ball starts, the NBA readers are lucky to have some shakeups as news is hard to come by this time of year.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from yesterday.

    Rudy Gay may not be in a Kings uniform much longer.  Trade rumors have been circulating around the veteran forward all offseason and it sounds like Sacramento is willing to let him go at a smaller price tag than formerly expected.  This makes sense as Gay is able to opt out of his contract next offseason and a team would be risking a one-year rental player.  While trade rumors always clutter the news wire, this is a scenario that could easily come to fruition before the start of the season.

    One player is setting their sights high for the upcoming season and aiming for top honors on the defensive end of the court.  Avery Bradley, who returned 6th round value in both 8 and 9-cat leagues last season, wants to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the upcoming season.  He did finish All-Defensive first team honors last season, so his abilities are well known.  The odds are against him to claim the award but it is great news for players drafting him that he should produce defensive stats for your squad.

    The drama between Chris Bosh and his team, the Miami Heat, is continuing to build.  It is well known in fantasy circles that Bosh carries a large amount of risk on draft day with his current medical condition causing him to miss a majority of the past two seasons.  There is a lot of uncertainty regarding Bosh’s status for the season.  Bosh seems determined to play and believes he should be medically cleared.  He has also grown frustrated with the approach the Heat have taken with his condition.  For obvious reasons, the Heat seem to be playing it safe with Bosh and refuse to offer information on their stance.  The Heat’s team doctors have yet to clear the big man, but we should get more clarity on the situation over the next month.

    Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JohnRSill for NBA news all season long!

Fantasy News

  • Mason Plumlee
    C, 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.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, 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.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, 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.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Gary Harris
    SG, 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.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Cameron Johnson
    SF, 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

  • Aron Baynes
    C, 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

  • Maurice Harkless
    SF, 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

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, 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

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-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

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, 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