• With seven games on tap we had yet another eventful night in the Association.  Bradley Beal stayed hot, the Jazz’s backcourt continued its sublime play and Russell Westbrook went positively supernova.  With that, here’s Tuesday’s Daily Dish.

    Wizards 101, Kings 95 (OT)

    Both teams looked sluggish early in this game, but Bradley Beal stayed red hot.  He scored 31 points with six boards, three assists, one block and seven treys, all while shooting 50% from the floor.  That said, Beal remains a bit of an empty calories fantasy commodity for those willing to look past his lofty point totals…  John Wall struggled with his jumper, but still nearly pulled off a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and plenty of extras.

    DeMarcus Cousins was an absolute load down low, scoring 36 points with 20 boards, four assists, two steals, one block and one three.  He did go a troubling 3-of-10 from the line, but owners can’t really complain about such a well rounded performance… Elsewhere, Rudy Gay and Ty Lawson (surprisingly) were the only real difference makers for Sacramento.  Gay finished with 18 points and a well rounded line, while Lawson outplayed starter Darren Collison to the tune of 12 points, three rebounds and three steals.  Despite this performance Lawson remains on the waiver wire in standard leagues.

    Raptors 122, Sixers 95

    The Raptors entire starting unit finished in double figures against the lowly Sixers, led by Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas.  Lowry hit six threes on his way to 24 points and eight dimes, and Valanciunas double-doubled with a steal and two blocks…  DeMar DeRozan cooled off, hitting just four shots on the night, but he was able to add five boards, five assists and plenty of defense to salvage his line.

    Robert Covington continues to be a fantasy headache, and he scored 20 points on Monday when many owners probably benched him.  He hit six 3-pointers and added two steals, but his shooting is beyond unpredictable at this point.  Covington is still worth owning, but it might be a bumpy ride…  There wasn’t much else to report for Philadelphia, as Jahlil Okafor saw his normal 25 minutes without Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric continued to struggle despite earning more playing time than Ersan Ilyasova.  It wasn’t pretty.

    Thunder 112, Knicks 103

    To the surprise of absolutely no one, Russell Westbrook dominated under the lights of Madison Square Garden.  He is now averaging a triple-double on the season, and finished tonight with 27 points, 14 assists, 18 boards, two steals and two 3-pointers.  He’s a monster, and Oscar Robertson may have some company in the annals of triple-double history…  Conversely, Victor Oladipo underperformed to the tune of just eight points.  Not to worry, he still added a smattering of assists and money counters, and he’s been playing brilliant ball as Russ’ sidekick over the past two weeks.

    Finally, Enes Kanter exploded for 27 points with 10 boards and three blocks.  He’s finished in double figures in seven straight games, and is blocking a respectable (for him, anyway) 0.8 blocks per game.  Kanter will never be a superstar, but he’s still a reliable top-100 asset in fantasy.

    For just a moment it felt like 2010 Derrick Rose had finally returned.  He scored 30 points on 50% from the floor, and repeatedly drew contact on his way to the hoop, making all 10 of his free throw attempts.  Let’s be clear, that guy is never coming back, and Rose is barely flirting with top-100 value on the season, but tonight reminded fans of the player he once was…  Looking to the future, Kristaps Porzingis was pure fantasy gold on Monday.  He scored in 21 points with seven combined defensive contributions and three 3-pointers.  The Knicks are giving him more and more offensive responsibility and he looks more than up to the challenge.

    Celtics 112, Heat 104

    With Al Horford (personal) out for Boston Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley carried the team to victory.  Thomas scored 25 points with eight assists, four boards, one steal and one three while shooting 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.  Bradley scored 18 points of his own, and added six rebounds, two assists and two treys…  Jae Crowder finally saw his minutes restriction lifted and responded to the tune of 17 points in a full line.  As long as he’s healthy he’s a must start player in fantasy.

    For Miami, Hassan Whiteside continued to rampage through the league, this time finishing with 25 points, 17 boards, two assists and two blocks.  He remains a first round asset in any format…  Goran Dragic posted a double-double of his own with 27 points and 17 assists, finally looking healthy after a maddeningly slow start to the season…  Surprisingly, Luke Babbitt drew the start at shooting guard over Josh Richardson, but it hardly mattered.  Richardson saw 29 minutes to Babbitt’s 23 and generally outplayed the journeyman.  Going forward it will be interesting to see if Richardson sticks as the captain of the second unit or returns to starting.

    Jazz 112, Wolves 103

    George Hill and Gordon Hayward each scored 24 points with plenty of goodies.  They continue to look like fantastic partners on the perimeter, and are both no brainer fantasy starters the rest of the way…  Elsewhere, Rudy Gobert was everywhere on both ends of the court on Monday, cleaning up the offensive glass and harassing Minnesota’s bigs on defense.  He finished with 16 points, 17 boards and three blocks while shooting an efficient 5-for-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line.

    The Wolves made a late push behind Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns, but ultimately fell short.  LaVine scored 28 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two treys.  He looks like the real deal on offense, and only his lackluster defense keeps him from being a star…  Despite sitting for large chunks of the first and third quarter with foul trouble, Towns was electric in the fourth and finished with a respectable 19 points, 12 boards and one of each money counter.  There will still be growing pains for the young stud, but he has more upside than anyone in fantasy over the next ten years.

    Hornets 104, Grizzlies 85

    It was pretty much business as usual for the Hornets’ starters.  Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with their typically well balanced lines, while Frank Kaminsky continued his trend of posting empty fantasy outputs… Off the bench, Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points in 23 minutes, adding nine boards, one steal, one block and one two threes.

    It was a tired refrain for Memphis, too, as their supporting cast failed to help out Mike Conley (14 points and five assists) and Marc Gasol (19 points and eight boards).  Both the Grizzlies’ big names came to play and finished with versatile fantasy lines, but only Jarell Martin (who shot 5-of-13) was able to join them in double figures.

    Warriors 105, Hawks 100

    The Warriors had to sweat this one out all the way to the wire, but ultimately pulled out the win.  The team’s three perimeter stars (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson) combined for 70 points to power an offense that already has the whiff of historical greatness.  Durant and Curry have had no problem coexisting so far this season, and it looks like Thompson may be settling into his new role as well…  Draymond Green (ankle) returned to do, well, Draymond things.  He only scored four points, but also dished out seven assists to go with three boards, one steal and four blocks.  Despite only averaging 10.5 points per game this season he still sits at 10th on the player rater thanks to his contributions in assists, steals, blocks and threes.

    Dennis Schroder exploded for 24 points, six assists, two steals, one block and a 3-pointer, reminding everyone why he was such an exciting breakout candidate this summer.  He remains maddeningly inconsistent, but the potential is there… Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap each scored 14 points and added in double digit rebounds as well.  The difference between Atlanta’s starting big men, as usual, was Milsap’s ability to cash in money counting stats for his owners while Howard did little beyond hurting their field goal percentage.

    That’ll do it for this Tuesday’s dish.  Follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@AbyssAlsoGazes) if you have any questions.  See you all next week.

Fantasy News

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets and Thunder officially completed their blockbuster trade of Chris Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 for Russell Westbrook on Tuesday.

    Westbrook and Harden and now officially reunited and will be performing massive pre-game routines at the Toyota Center. Meanwhile, the Thunder officially have Chris Paul on the roster and are free to move him if they choose. Watching how Sam Presti begins this rebuild process will be interesting, to say the least.

    Source: Royce Young on Twitter

  • Jarrell Brantley
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed rookies Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman to two-way contracts.

    Brantley was selected 50th overall in this June's draft after putting up big numbers in four seasons at the College of Charleston. He averaged 4.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games at Summer League, though he also missed time with right hamstring soreness. Wright-Foreman, the 53rd pick out of Hofstra, fared a little better with 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals, though he also battled right knee/hamstring issues and left the team for personal reasons at the end of their Vegas run. There's not much fantasy impact here.

    Source: Utah Jazz

  • Lonzo Ball
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Lonzo Ball (left ankle) said he'll be ready to go in "a week or two."

    Ball missed the final 35 games of the season because of a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and bone bruise that he suffered in January. Last season also started off slowly as a preseason groin injury cost him a chance to open the year as a starter, and he was forced into sharing point guard work with Rajon Rondo and LeBron James when healthy. A fresh start in New Orleans, where Ball can play an up-tempo game as a franchise building block, should do him wonders. There's some injury risk here considering he's logged only 99 games through two seasons, but Ball's stat set — even with the poor efficiency — could support middle-round numbers. It sounds as though he'll be good to go for training camp.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Ingram (right arm DVT) said that he's "really close" to resuming normal workouts.

    Ingram underwent surgery on March 16 and the Pelicans have been consistent in saying they have no long-term concerns about Ingram's health. We're fully expecting him to be ready for training camp, though you'll want to keep an eye out for further updates as camp approaches. Ingram's stat set has the same holes as always, but it's possible that this season he'll become a featured player and bludgeon his way to enough volume to make up for his weak spots. His outlook improves on what it would've been with the Lakers, but Ingram still looks like a player that will be overdrafted.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Richaun Holmes
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings have announced the signing of Richaun Holmes.

    Holmes is set to make $10 million over the next two seasons. He'll push for minutes in a crowded frontcourt, but if it's a true meritocracy then he should quickly rise to the front of the pack. Last season he was able to deliver standard-league value in only 16.9 mpg, so he's someone to target late in drafts on the expectation that he gets more burn in Sacramento. It's a potentially messy situation but we have faith that Holmes will make the most of it for fantasy purposes. For the Kings, it's a straight up steal.

    Source: Sacramento Kings

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have announced the signings of Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock.

    Morris is on a one-year, $15 million deal while Bullock is coming in on a two-year deal worth less than $4.7 million annually, with a second season that isn't fully guaranteed. While both players began the offseason as potential standard-league targets, there's not much to see given the sudden depth of the Knicks roster. Morris will be one of five players who should mostly be playing power forward, while Bullock will slot into a busy backcourt and is already expected to miss at least a month of the season. New York's rotations are going to be a mess and we'd steer clear.

    Source: New York Knicks

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Reggie Bullock is expected to miss at least one month of the regular season, per SNY's Ian Begley.

    Bullock, who initially agreed to a two-year deal worth $21 million, re-worked his contract to clock in at two years (with a second year that isn't fully guaranteed) for under the $4.7 million exception. There's no word on what exactly Bullock is dealing with, though he suffered from neck stiffness and plantar fasciitis in his right foot late last season. There's no need to monitor Bullock in standard leagues to open the year.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Speaking to Sirius XM, Steve Clifford said that although there remains no timetable for Markelle Fultz (shoulder), he is making good progress.

    Clifford said, "You know, right now we don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a great job." Fultz simply wasn't ready to suit up, and even though we haven't really had any concrete updates on him since his last game on November 18, we're still expecting him to be ready to start the season. Fultz will make for a late-round flier on the chance that he finally gets healthy and puts it all together.

    Source: Sirius XM NBA Radio on Twitter

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee) has been cleared to start light basketball activities after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in late April.

    Griffin dealt with left knee soreness in the season's final games and missed the first two games of the playoffs. His issues were dealt with quickly after the season ended and he should be ready for the start of the season. Look for Griffin to come off draft boards in the early-middle rounds after he put up a career season last year, though there might not be much profit margin at that price. There's a definite 8-cat lean as well.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Nicolo Melli
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli underwent knee surgery and will not participate in Italy’s training camp at the end of July, ahead of the FIBA World Tournament.

    This comes out of nowhere and the only relative information we have is that Melli will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The Italian big should be fine for the Pelicans training camp where he will compete for the backup power forward minutes as long as the surgery is not anything too serious.

    Source: Sportando