• 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

  • 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

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Nicolas Claxton has missed the last two Summer League games because of left hamstring tightness.

    Claxton hasn't gotten much of a chance to impress at Summer League, and it would've been tough for him to really stand out with Jarrett Allen on the Vegas roster anyway. We'll see how the rookie looks in the preseason, but his fantasy outlook is severely hampered by the presence of Allen and DeAndre Jordan. This doesn't look like a serious injury but we'll keep an eye on things to see if it lingers.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Ivan Rabb
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ivan Rabb and the Grizzlies have agreed to push back the guarantee date on his contract to mid-October.

    Rabb is set to make $1.6 million next season, and the Grizzlies will be able to evaluate him in training camp before making a final decision on his roster spot. It's a bold move for Rabb to potentially get cut right before the season begins, especially on a team with so much frontcourt depth, but perhaps he's betting on himself. How Rabb plays in the preseason could go a long way towards deciding his future, whether that's in Memphis or elsewhere.

    Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Keita Bates-Diop was quiet on Sunday night as he was limited to chipping in five points on 2-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assist, one 3-pointer and one steal in 23 minutes.

    He did have to deal with a bit of foul trouble (four fouls) but this line was a bit of a letdown after his 17-point game on July 5th. KBD needs to work on his consistency, if he's to emerge with deep-league fantasy value in 2019-20.

  • Naz Reid
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Naz Reid played the role of Alpha for the Wolves in Sunday's Summer League win over the Nets, dropping 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 6-for-6 from the line.

    Reid also hit two treys, grabbed six rebounds and swatted three shots to come up with a well-rounded two-way game. Speaking of which, the big man is on a two-way deal with them, so it's a good thing to see him put up an impressive effort like this one in Vegas.

  • Jarrett Allen
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen fell down hard on his hip after grabbing a rebound on Sunday and will not return to the game after suffering a contusion.

    Allen has been a beast all Summer League so it's a shame to see him leave the game on this note. He ends three quarters of action with a 15-point, 14 rebounds, double-double, adding one assist and two blocks on 7-of-12 shooting.

    Source: NBA on ESPN on Twitter

  • Brandon Clarke
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Brandon Clarke shot 7-of-10 from the field and 9-of-11 from the line to end Sunday OT night's win over the Pelicans with 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Clarke has displayed a fantasy-friendly game in Summer League and appears to be one of the rookies who can crack the top-150 in value thanks to his solid shooting percentages and diverse stat line. Keep an eye on him in camp and preseason action as a potential late-round pick.