• Saturday’s slate was filled with teams that refused to play defense, highlighted by a Pelicans game which featured both of their bigs going dynamite and we got another minor Stephen Curry ankle scare, but for now all is well and the scoop on the action is right below.

    Nuggets 123 @ Suns 113

    All of Denver’s juice came from their starters and in a surprising turn of events, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray both had off games while Wilson Chandler and Will Barton picked up the slack. Barton had talked a bit of smack on the Suns prior to this game which may have caused Troy Daniels to be a little extra on edge and both players ended up in a scrum which resulted in techs. None of them should be suspended though.

    Dragan Bender made the most of another start and 33 minutes, tallying a 23-8-4-1-2 line with three triples and Josh Jackson is a must-own and tonight his 20-7-5-1-4 line showed why. Elfrid Payton has a new home in Phoenix and they need point guard play badly so he’s a perfect fit.

    Spurs 105 @ Warriors 122

    The Spurs are just a shell of themselves right now without Kawhi Leonard and what’s inflating their record is the fact that they’re 22-6 against teams under .500 and 13-16 the other way. LaMarcus Aldirgde and co. fared well at first, but they don’t have that next gear to compete with elite teams yet. Pau Gasol came off the bench for 11 minutes and Aldridge is the only appealing option on this team.

    The Warriors didn’t get much out of Kevin Durant, but they got enough from the other three players to edge out the Spurs and the most noteworthy thing was Stephen Curry tweaking his ankle in the first quarter. He shook it off and played 29 minutes and said it’s not a big deal, but ankle injuries and Steph aren’t a good combo so that’s something to just monitor going forward.

    Wizards 101 @ Bulls 90

    Bradley Beal is still struggling, but he’s too good to not bounce back in a big way soon. Tomas Satoransky made up for the missing production by going 10-for-12 from the field towards 25 points, six assists, five triples and two steals. He won’t always be this good and the Wizards were missing Markieff Morris, but he’s a low-end asset in standard leagues.

    Zach LaVine sat out the back end of a back-to-back set and Denzel Valentine picked up the work with 10-10-5-1. He dind’t shoot the ball well but is a dynamic player and could be useful if the Bulls are ever going to let him run with a 30-minute role. However the return of Kriss Dunn and LaVine make that scenario highly unlikely.

    Clippers 98 @ Sixers 112

    Danilo Gallinari is back and up to speed and the only thing that’s always stopped him is health. He played 40 minutes tonight and gave the numbers along with Tobias Harris, DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams. Sweet Lou is fresh off an extention but should continue to ball out and the Clippers have their own core four fantasy guys, Austin Rivers is worth owning, but his stat set is inefficient and clunky.

    Robert Covington is in a real funk in regards to shooting, but his splits are actually improved from last season so we can’t expect much of an improvement here while Joel Embiid played 34 minutes and looked great. He had a 29-16-2-1-3 line with solid shooting and he’s a lock for early-round value. The gamble on JoJo is paying off so far, fingers crossed.

    Bucks 111 @ Magic 104

    Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to leap over defenders and carry this Bucks team as he had a late and-1 bucket to seal the deal against a depleted Magic team. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe did their thing and the injury to Malcolm Brogdon has shown to do nothing for any new fantasy contributors.

    The Magic are dying to get Aaron Gordon back and it’s likely that he misses time until after the All-Star Break and this was news that we could have seen coming because of his early withdrawal from the dunk contest. As long as he’s gone, Mario Hezonja is worth owning as he put up another solid line and D.J. Augustin cooled off a bit and Shelvin Mack outplayed him big time this game with 19 points, 10 assists, two steals and a block. There’s a an outside shot that he carves out value and overtakes Augustin as the Magic are looking for anyone who can play basketball.

    Pelicans 138 @ Nets 128

    It was a thriller in Brooklyn with all the Pelicans starters playing over 40 minutes and delivering big lines. We got a monster game from Anthony Davis (44-17-2-6-3 3 3PTM 16-35 FG) and our favorite gunner Nikola Mirotic who had 21-16-1-2-5 and two triples. Those blocks are insane and we don’t expect that to happen again soon. Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday both delivered as well in a fantasy bonanza game against one of the fastest paced teams in the league.

    The Nets got great performances from Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe while D’Angelo Russell got his numbers, but they weren’t efficient or pretty. He looks like he’s still struggling to get into game shape and the All-Star Break should do him well. Dinwiddie is worth owning the rest of the way, you can quote this.

    Lakers 123 @ Mavs 130

    Tonight the Lakers got their debut from Isaiah Thomas who found his way to 22 points and six assists, he went 7-for-12 from the field and is going to be rejuvenated in Los Angeles. Julius Randle gets a big boost with Larry Nance out and Brandon Ingram is continuing to make strides.

    Somehow, Dirk Nowitzki continues to beat father time and lead the Mavs with 22 points tonight. Harrison Barnes also had 21 himself while J.J. Barea had a strong showing with nine assists. His value is solely tied to that stat though so be warned if you plan on picking him up.

Fantasy News

  • 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

  • Jaylen Adams
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.

    Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.

    Source: NBA

  • Jeff Ledbetter
    G, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have offered summer league guard Jeff Ledbetter an Exhibit 10 deal, but he is still mulling over his options which include playing in Europe.

    Ledbetter had a productive summer league and now finds himself with a chance to play for the Austin Spurs of the G-League. Ledbetter is sure to be staring at a bigger payday in Europe, so his choice will be an interesting one. We should have a decision soon.

    Source: Nicola Lupo on Twitter

  • Eric Mika
    C, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings announced on Tuesday that they signed summer league standout C Eric Mika to an exhibit 10 contract.

    The former BYU big man is now set up to play for the Stockton Kings of the G-League. The Kings have a deep big man rotation, and it's unlikely that we'll see much, if any, of Mika on the roster this season.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant (right knee) said that he is completely healed from the minor knee surgery earlier this summer, saying he is "100 percent right now."

    Morant will look to get back into the swing of things in the coming weeks as he prepares for his rookie season. Morant has the talent and the role on rebuilding team and is undoubtedly going to cost a pretty penny in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter

  • Derrick Alston
    Team, New York Knicks

    The Westchester Knicks have named Derrick Alston as the new head coach, replacing Mike Miller who was promoted to join David Fizdale’s staff.

    Alston, a former NBA player, has been an assistant for Westchester for four years. Before that, Alston was a player development coach with the Rockets. This will be Alston’s first head coaching gig as he continues to move up the ladder.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph is not expected to play for Team Canada in the FIBA World Cup.

    Team Canada has been taking a beating the last few weeks with NBA guys continuing to pull out. This news won't have any effects on Joseph's role heading into the season, but it does create another dent in Team Canada's chances of making noise in the World Cup.

    Source: Doug Smith: Raptors on Twitter

  • Marcus Georges-Hunt
    SG, Free Agent

    Jay King of The Athletic is hearing that Marcus Georges-Hunt is in Boston working out with the Celtics for the next few days.

    Georges-Hunt last played in the NBA for the Wolves in the 2017-18 season. Last season Georges-Hunt was waived from the Celtics in mid-October and played nine games for the Red Claws. Georges-Hunt is a longshot to make the team and carries no fantasy relevance regardless of the outcome.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Lakers are planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.

    Marcin Gortat is also in the Lakers’ radar as the team is actively looking to sign another big after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL last week. Speights spent the last season in China after 10 years in the NBA while Gortat remains overseas and it’s unclear whether he will be back to Los Angeles for a workout with the team.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter