• Welcome in HoopBallers! As we’ve gotten a little distance from the end of the season and the emotional highs and lows of the fantasy campaign have evened out, it’s worthwhile to take a look back on the year that was. I asked some select members of our tremendous HB staff, from feature writers to blurbers to podcasters to people in our journalism and scouting arms, to answer a handful of questions about another fun year of hoops and what went right or wrong in their fantasy endeavors. We’ll be bringing you those answers in the coming weeks.

    (You can check out the rest of our Season Review articles right here!)

    Trades are probably the toughest part of fantasy ownership. You’re dealing with competing valuations that are almost never in sync, plus all sorts of fun subconscious biases working against you. Outside of the draft itself, trade season throws the most variables into the mix and it can be exceedingly difficult to navigate for even the most experienced fantasy owners. That (plus, you know, winning things) is what makes pulling off a successful trade so satisfying.

    Trades tend to be tougher in leagues with more experienced owners, as those who have been around the block a few times are often more steadfast in their own assessments of players. The same can be said for deeper leagues, as it becomes tougher to assess the impact of new players as they fall further and further from the top-150. While those guys are mostly filler in bigger packages, nobody wants to lose out on any value.

    Unfortunately, I fall into the extremely stubborn group and didn’t make any trades this season. There were some talks in the few weeks following the draft but I decided to see how things would play out before pulling the trigger on anything. Onto the experts, who are generally more fun than me.

    Aaron Bruski

    I don’t do trades because I’m in too many leagues and stretched way too thin. Most of my leagues prohibit trading because they’re high stakes, too. One day I’m going to form a family band and kill time between shows by sending all of the same terrible trade offers people constantly send me.

    Dan Besbris

    Turning Lou Williams and Al Horford into Damian Lillard, who I then managed to package in a trade for KAT. My goal going into every year is to acquire another bonafide first rounder (in addition to the one I drafted), and last season I managed to squeeze Anthony Davis out of an opponent before the KAT fleecing this year. It’s hard to lose a league with two guys in the top-8.

    Jake Fitzgibbon

    Trading away Zach Randolph for John Henson – It isn’t the most glamorous trade, but getting rid of Randolph early on in the season proved to be huge for me down the stretch. Z-Bo barely played over the final few weeks, and while Henson isn’t incredibly productive, it was enough to get me through.

    Chef Ali

    I had a few successful trades (including two involving me getting Joe Ingles’ top-60 value), but I’d say getting Lord Robert Covington for Taurean Prince and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was the best. The trade went through right before RHJ got hurt and Taurean went on a months-long tailspin. By that time, Ro-Co wasn’t playing particularly well either but the 2-for-1 opened up an extra roster spot I used to ameliorate the situation. Come playoff time, Bellwood’s finest was up to his usual 3-and-D plus blocks and boards, spending most of the H2H playoffs inside the top-20 (and helping me to win my big money league) and finishing the season at No. 37.

    Nathan Nguyen

    Jayson Tatum for Gary Haris back in November. I tried floating Tatum to everyone because I couldn’t see him sustaining those insane numbers (50% from 3PT) and over the course of the entire season Harris ended up almost 30 spots higher.

    Dio Nikiforos

    It’s the second year in a row that I’ve been able to capitalize on a Giannis trade primarily because I target a manager that is literally dying to trade for him. Last year I was able to trade him in a package that included Marcin Gortat and Patty Mills for Victor Oladipo, Dario Saric, Brandon Ingram and Jabari Parker. This year I was able to swap him for Paul George and Clint Capela in a roto league, clearly getting the better part of the bargain in both situations.

    Souriyo Dishak

    I don’t play any redraft leagues anymore, I’m in all dynasty or keeper leagues. I guess the biggest trade I made this year was trading Lauri Markkanen and a 2018 rookie first-rounder for Andre Drummond around midseason. It ended fine. I didn’t win :(.

    Vladi Semenov

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Fantasy News

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) will reportedly be "good to go" for the start of training camp in October.

    Well, this is good news that we didn't hope we would need. Covington played 35 games last year and couldn't get over the bone bruise injury that kept him out for a majority of the year. We expected him to be ready to go, and the fact that we're even discussing this is slightly less than ideal.

    Source: Dane Moore on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.

    Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.

    Source: Boston.com Celtics News on Twitter

  • Isaiah Canaan
    PG, International

    Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.

    The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.

    Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.

  • Trevon Bluiett
    PF, Utah Jazz

    Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.

    Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.

    Source: Tony Jones on Twitter

  • Zach Collins
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.

    Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.

    Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.

    Source: John Casey on Twitter

  • Tyronn Lue
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.

    The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.

    The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter