• We are getting SO CLOSE to preseason ball and the anticipation is killing me.  My weekend is officially here as I get ready to leave tonight for a weekend in Napa, California.  Due to this, I’m looking to get this article written as up-to-date as possible, but may miss some news if any breaks late Thursday evening.

    Before we get in to fantasy basketball news, I wanted to break away from the normal material to quickly tackle a subject outside of the fantasy fishbowl.  For any readers not familiar with the world of esports, it is a growing industry expected to be worth close to $1 billion.  In this world, guys are paid to play video games at a competitive level.  Certain games draw in larger crowds and more money than others and some people associated with the NBA have decided that now is a great time to invest.

    While Gordon Hayward has long been the poster child for the NBA in association with eSports, others are now getting involved as well.  Earlier this week, the Philadelphia 76ers decided to acquire a majority stake in a esports organization called Team Dignitas and a team called Apex that plays the hit game called League of Legends.

    Other big names have gotten involved with the industry as well, so it will be exciting to see how this plays out and the impact it might have on the NBA.  Just to make sure I give credit where credit is due, I got this hot news tip from my brother-in-law (esports commentator in the making).

    Now for fantasy news…

    Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue made some statements this week that could make for interesting NBA dialogue as the season approaches.  For starters, he has apparently extended an open invitation to Kevin Garnet to join his coaching staff.  In addition, Lue has been looking at the schedule and already discussing ways to get LeBron James plenty of rest.  While it have never been a secret that the Cavaliers want to keep him healthy and prolong his career, it is just another reminder that fantasy players need to keep this in mind when drafting James in the first round.

    Myles Turner is currently in the concussion protocol and head coach Nate McMillan thinks it is unlikely that he is cleared by the preseason opener.  This should not affect his season long value though, so feel free to grab him where you originally had him valued.

    Late round fantasy pick Seth Curry is being talked up by coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban, so it appears he will get a decent shot at making an impact this season.  His minutes could be in the mid-20s in a backup role for both guard spots.

    Another late round potential player is Kyle Anderson of the Spurs.  Head coach Popovich made a statement this week that he needs to get Anderson more minutes and can roll the diverse player out at point guard, small forward and power forward spots.  That position flexibility would be incredible in fantasy if he can hold standard league value.  I wouldn’t bank on it, but he is worth keeping an eye on at this point.

Fantasy News

  • Isaiah Pineiro
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with Isaiah Pineiro on Friday.

    This seems like just a depth move for the Kings to have a G-League option for this upcoming season. He played for the Kings in Summer League and clearly impressed enough to get a contract.

    Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter

  • Kosta Koufos
    C, Sacramento Kings

    Kosta Koufos has reached an agreement with CSKA Moscow according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

    Haynes goes on to say that Koufos' deal will make him the highest paid American in all of Europe next season, so it's safe to say that it was an easy sell for Koufos who appeared to be facing a rather tepid market. His deal will also include an NBA option that will allow him to opt out of his contract should he decide to return to the States.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Amile Jefferson
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Amile Jefferson and the Orlando Magic have agreed to a one-year deal according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    The terms of this deal were not announced. The Magic had previously rescinded their qualifying offer to Jefferson but it now appears that that was to allow them to offer him something more concrete. He will slot in as the 14th man on this roster and shouldn't see much, if any, regular playing time this upcoming season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • JaMychal Green
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have officially re-signed JaMychal Green.

    Last season Green became a vital part of the Clippers' bench, serving as a perfect compliment as a catch-and-shoot floor spacer to Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell's deadly pick-and-roll game. He'll figure to play an important role again this upcoming season, but won't provide much in fantasy value. That being said, he could emerge as a potential streaming option when forward minutes open up whenever Kawhi Leonard or Paul George rest.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Rui Hachimura will play for Japan in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Fresh off of a Summer League Second Team selection, Hachimura will continue to flash his impressive scoring acumen as one of Japan's most talented players. Heading into his rookie season, Hachimura will have a very good shot at playing time on a Wizards team that has open minutes virtually everywhere across the roster.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Tristan Thompson
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson will not play for Canada in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    This seems like a situation where Thompson is not participating to prepare for the grind of the NBA season in the fall. There was always some uncertainty with his participation but he was among the invitees to Team Canada training camp.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Cameron Reynolds
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal.

    Reynolds played in 19 games with the Wolves as a rookie after playing for five years at Tulane University. As he moves to the Bucks, expect him to continue to compete for the opportunity to be a backup point guard in the NBA. With the Bucks entering next season as title contenders, there is no room for Reynolds in the fantasy landscape.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Javonte Green
    F, Boston Celtics

    Javonte Green will join the Celtics on a partially guaranteed contract.

    After a strong Summer League performance where he averaged 10.8 ppg on 50% shooting, Green will get an opportunity to fight for a roster spot for the Celtics. He most recently played overseas in Germany.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Amida Brimah
    C, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers have signed Amida Brimah to a one-year contract.

    The seven-foot big man, Bridah, has had a couple short stints with the Spurs but has yet to play in a game. Expect him to compete for a roster spot come training camp but there are no guarantees that he will make the final roster.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Daniel Theis
    PF, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have officially re-signed Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker.

    The team rescinded their qualifying offer to Theis in a procedural move to maximize cap space, but he's back in Boston on a two-year, $10 million deal. He'll be battling for backup center minutes and his shooting ability (38.8 percent from deep last season on low volume) could set him apart from the rest of Boston's frontcourt options. As a player who can knock down threes and pick up some steals and blocks, there's deep-league potential for Theis should he end up pushing for something like 20 mpg. Wanamaker decided to pass on larger offers from European teams to return to the Celtics, where he may have a better shot at minutes with Terry Rozier out of the picture. Even so, he's not a fantasy target.

    Source: Boston Celtics