• 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.

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Fantasy News

  • Vincent Poirier
    C, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have announced the signing of Vincent Poirier.

    Poirier joins the Celtics after six professional seasons in Europe and is believed to be on a two-year deal. Last season he averaged 10.5 points (61.6 percent shooting), 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.0 blocked shots in 73 games between EuroLeague and Liga ACB competition. Poirier figures to be battling Daniel Theis and Robert Williams for playing time behind Enes Kanter and doesn't have much fantasy appeal.

    Source: Boston Celtics

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $170 max contract extension with the Sixers.

    The Sixers reportedly offered up the deal a couple weeks ago and the sides have been ironing out the details since. It's not surprising that things resolved quickly, and Philly wasted no time in giving Simmons huge money. He's a jump shot away from being truly elite. For fantasy purposes, until we see Simmons either hit some threes or improve his free throw shooting, he remains a prime over-draft candidate. The stat set holes are simply too impactful to select the talented young guard before the third round.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • William Howard
    F, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have a verbal agreement to sign French forward William Howard, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune.

    Howard is a 25-year-old from Montbrison, France who spent the last two seasons with Limoges in France's LNB Pro A. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 threes per game, shooting .411 from the field in 24.9 mpg. While last season saw Howard post career-low marks from deep, he is a .364 3-point shooter across five seasons in the LNB Pro A. It's unlikely that Howard plays much for the Jazz this season.

    Source: Eric Walden on Twitter

  • Wesley Matthews
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Michael Scotto of The Athletic is reporting that Wesley Matthews' deal with the Bucks is for two years and $5.3 million, with a player option on the second season.

    Matthews was initially reported to be heading to Milwaukee on a one-year deal for the minimum, and that may still essentially be the case given the likelihood that Matthews opts out if he has a strong season. Either way, it's a nice piece of business for the Bucks, who get a 3-and-D wing player at a very affordable price. Matthews is shaping up as a low-end source of threes and steals, as he typically does.

    Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Clippers and the Rockets are the two teams still "strongly pursuing" Andre Iguodala in trade talks.

    Charania adds that the Mavs and the Nuggets have also engaged Memphis but those discussions never gained much traction. The Rockets are hesitant to increase their tax bill while the Clippers don't want to part with Moe Harkless, who is the only player on the roster that represents a salary match. If either of these two teams wants to execute a trade, it looks like it will require another team.

    Source: Stadium on Twitter

  • Alize Johnson
    PF, Indiana Pacers

    The second-year option for Alize Johnson has been fully guaranteed.

    Johnson, who put up an excellent performance at Summer League, will make $1.4 million this season. He is unlikely to play much but the Pacers have been consistent in their view that he is a player worth developing over the long-term.

    Source: Indianapolis Star

  • JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs are expected to waive J.R. Smith on Monday if no last-minute trade emerges, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

    It would be shocking if someone went out and traded for Smith, who will be guaranteed $4 million of his $15 million salary. The Lakers have already been mentioned as a potential landing spot, and Smith doesn't figure to have a ton of teams eager to sign him after the way last season went off the rails.

    Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter

  • Duncan Robinson
    F, Miami Heat

    The Heat will be picking up Duncan Robinson's $1 million guarantee for the upcoming season.

    Robinson played well throughout Summer League and will now officially be on the roster. He only appeared in 15 games last season, and although he's showed some promise Robinson will likely need another trade to go down to open up a serious shot at playing time.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Henry Ellenson
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Henry Ellenson has signed a two-way contract with the Nets.

    Ellenson left the Knicks in Summer League due to personal reasons, but the former lottery pick has resurfaced with the other New York team. He'll give the Nets someone who can provide stretch four play in a pinch, but odds are he'll spend most of his time in the G-League. Time is running out for Ellenson to establish himself as an NBA player.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has decided not to participate in Team USA training camp and has withdrawn from FIBA World Cup consideration.

    Davis has chosen to spend his offseason preparing for what he hopes is a championship run with the Lakers this season. AD is still a go for the 2020 Olympics and he'll be at training camp to support his teammates, but he won't be on the court with them. At least he's well-versed in that move from his days with the Pelicans.

    Source: Yahoo Sports