• The NBA preseason is so close that you can almost smell it.  This is great from a writing standpoint, as there is significantly more news to share with our readers than there was just a week or two ago.  However, from a fantasy standpoint, this can be tough as this is a lot of “noise” to filter through as a majority of the current news are statements from coaches and players talking about how good they will be this season.

    In today’s Dish, the goal will be to share some solid insights and weed through the fluff as we get closer to fantasy draft days.

    The Suns will be without starting small forward P.J. Tucker for the next 6-8 weeks as he recovers from a lower back surgery.  This will likely sideline the veteran for all of training camp and the preseason, possibly the first few weeks of regular season as well as he works himself back in to game shape.  Tucker will be a risky draft pick and offers very little upside upon his eventual return.  His roughly 30 minutes per game will no be distributed amongst T.J. Warren and Devin Booker.  There was already a lot of excitement for Booker this season, but the potential of him sliding in to a starting role or added minutes on opening night adds even more reason to chase the hype.

    Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown may be leaning towards Jerryd Bayless as his starting point guard.  It really should not even be a question, as the only other option is Sergio Rodriguez.  Even if Bayless came off the bench, he would be the guard to own and would possibly have a higher usage with the second unit.  Either way, the offense will run through Ben Simmons this season, so any point guards will simply bring the ball up and settle for catch-and-shoot situations.

    The drama surrounding Chris Bosh is still unsettled and will likely remain so until we get closer to the season.  Bosh has been very vocal that he is ready and capable of playing, but the Heat have remained silent and noncommittal for the most part as they seem intent on playing it safe.

    Excitement is continuing to build for Joel Embiid as it was reported that he will be a part of training camp activities without any medical restrictions.  Coach Brett Brown stated that they will restrict him during regular season play, mostly to ease him in to the NBA playing level and to not gamble with his recent foot health too much.

Fantasy News

  • Tony Snell
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Tony Snell (illness) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Cavs.

    Snell missed the last one and, to be brutally honest, we hope he misses this one too. His main function on the court is to steal minutes away from younger, already better players like Bruce Brown or Svi Myhailiuk. Ignore him. In perpetuity.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Derrick Rose
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Derrick Rose (right knee sprain) is probable to play in Monday's game against the Cavs.

    Rose played in the last one, so this tag was expected. He's one of the more viable trade candidates in the league and is currently playing like a guy who wants to be in the playoffs. His value is at its peak right now and will surely drop if he's traded to a contender, so get whatever top-80 value you can get for him in a trade right now.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. (left knee sprain) is surprisingly being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Pistons.

    We heard rumblings about Porter's availability on Sunday, but it got drowned out by the news of the day. Porter's sudden return makes him a guy to monitor in standard leagues. Jordan Clarkson is gone, Darius Garland is slumping, the Cavs figure to be sellers at the trade deadline and Porter himself had been putting up standard-league lines before the knee sprain. Keep an eye on him.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge will not play Monday against the Bulls due to a sprained right thumb.

    This is a new injury for Aldridge and may partly explain his poor performance from Sunday. Knowing coach Gregg Popovich, however, he's likely resting his veteran big man on the second night of a back-to-back. No need for Aldridge owners to worry just yet, as he's been cruising as a top-20 value in his age 24 season.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies have recalled Josh Jackson from their G League affiliate.

    The former 4th overall pick from 2017 was promoted shortly after Grayson Allen was ruled out indefinitely with a hip injury. Jackson has lit up the G League, with per-game averages of 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and a combined 2.9 defensive stats on 44% shooting. We know he can be this dynamic in the big league as well, but with the Grizzlies in the playoff chase, they won't (and shouldn't) completely turn to the youth deep in their bench just yet.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Richaun Holmes
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Richaun Holmes (right shoulder strain) will miss his 9th consecutive game on Monday against the Wolves.

    We haven't gotten much of an update on Holmes' condition since he came down with a shoulder sprain. We've received vague reports about his potential availability this week and that still seems like a possibility despite tonight's absence. In his stead, Dewayne Dedmon and Harry Giles will need to step up, but neither are in consideration in standard leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Grayson Allen
    SG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grayson Allen (left hip soreness) has been ruled out indefinitely.

    Allen has improved as a shooter this year, but has been sidelines with both ankle and hip injuries for the majority of the season. The youth movement has continued with out him. He's off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Herrington on Twitter

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (right hip stress reaction) shared that his hip had only recently begun to bother him before being shut down for over a month.

    This can be interpreted in two ways. One could understand the fact that Markkanen thought the hip problem was just "normal soreness" as positive, since it's unrelated to issues he's had with his oblique, elbow and ankle this season. On the other hand, this might just be further proof of just how brittle Markkanen has been throughout his young career, averaging about 24 missed games per season if this newest timetable holds true. Thaddeus Young has held top-30 value in his absence and is the type of pick-up that could propel you into the postseason.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Malik Monk expressed surprise at his name popping up in trade rumors and shared his commitment to the Hornets.

    Monk was responding to a report about the Knicks being interested in trading for him. He responded with the typical, cookie-cutter non-answer. Monk has been playing his best basketball as of late, emerging as a spark plug off the bench, and the truth is that Charlotte should probably be testing the market to see what they can get for the inconsistent 21-year-old. Monk's not a stash per se, given that he's not likely to start wherever he gets traded, but he'd be a speculative add if trade rumors prove true.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    Willie Cauley-Stein has yet to practice with the Mavericks and is uncertain to play on Monday against the Thunder, according to Rick Carlisle.

    The report continues to say that Cauley-Stein may not be activated in time for Tuesday's game either. We're not sure why WCS' Mavs debut has to be delayed. In the piece, Carlisle describes him as a "rim-protector" and "rim-roller," two roles to which additional practice time would not necessarily contribute one way or the other. In any case, if you picked up the Mavs big man hoping for four games this week, you'll likely get less than a full slate of games from him.

    Source: Dallas News