• With nine games on tap we had yet another eventful night in the Association.  Bradley Beal erupted, the Sixers looked downright respectable and Giannis Antetokounmpo again devoured an entire team whole.  With that, here’s Tuesday’s Daily Dish.

    Warriors 120, Pacers 83

    There frankly isn’t a ton to report here.  Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were their typical dominant selves, and while he only scored 14 points Kevin Durant managed to make up for it with 11 boards, six assists and plenty of defense.  More  notably, Klay Thompson broke out of his recent slump to the tune of 25 points and four 3-pointers.  He continues to be an elite contributor in treys, but has taken the brunt of Durant’s added usage rate.

    Indiana again played without Paul George, and Myles Turner sat out this contest as well.  X-rays on both their ankles came back negative, and until we get more information we’ll consider them questionable for Wednesday’s tilt against the Hawks.  They may be joined by Jeff Teague on the injury report, as he left Monday’s game with an ankle injury of his own.  The Warriors were in cruise control by the time Teague got hurt, however, so his inability to return might not be cause for concern.

    Grizzlies 105, Hornets 90

    Mike Conley was everywhere for Memphis, as he shredded Kemba Walker and company to the tune of 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting and three steals.  He’s been absolutely terrific over the past two weeks, and should remain a top-40 option as long as he’s healthy.  Not to be outdone, Marc Gasol nearly triple-doubled with one steal, three blocks and two threes.  His efficiency has taken a hit this season, but owners have to love his impact in 3-pointers.

    For the Hornets, Kemba Walker struggled with jumper but still managed to score 17 points.  He’s been spectacular this season, and should maintain top-20 value the rest of the season.  Elsewhere, Frank Kaminsky bombed away from deep, finishing with 23 points, three treys, one steal and three blocks in just 20 minutes.

    Wizards 106, Suns 101

    Bradley Beal went positively supernova on Monday, scoring 42 points with four boards and five 3-pointers.  While he still isn’t contributing much beyond scoring and threes it’s nice to see him tap into his potential once and awhile.  Conversely, John Wall was as versatile as ever on Monday, scoring 18 points with 15 helpers, four boards, four assists and three blocks.

    Phoenix’s stars came to play, but simply couldn’t get enough going from their supporting cast to pull out the win.  Eric Bledsoe dominated across the board and Devin Booker poured in 30 points, but Alex Len was the only other Suns’ player to finish in double figures.  Let’s move on.

    Sixers 101, Heat 94

    The Sixers continue to look downright respectable, offing the Heat on Monday behind a balanced team effort.  Joel Embiid tortured Miami’s bigs in his 23 minutes, and Jahlil Okafor looked polished in his reserve role.  Despite finishing double figures in each of his last five games, Dario Saric saw just 17 minutes of action behind Ersan Ilyasova.  Saric has looked better coming off the bench so owners shouldn’t be too concerned just yet.

    As the rest of the roster crumbled Hassan Whiteside continued his tear, scoring 32 points with 13 boards and two blocks.  He’s a monster.  Josh Richardson, on the other hand, posted his first dud since returning to a full complement of minutes.  He shot 1-of-11 from the floor and finished with just four points.

    Rockets 99, Pistons 96

    What can you say about James Harden at this point?  He nearly triple-doubled, again, and will continue to challenge for fantasy’s top spot all season.  He got some help on Monday, too, as both Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela played well.  The buy low window is probably shut on Ariza at this point, and Capela remains a top-100 player despite his dreadful free throw shooting.

    The Kentavious Caldwell-Pope breakout continues in Detroit, as he scored 26 points with two steals and three 3-pointers.  Andre Drummond posted his expected line on Monday, loading up on rebounds and missed free throws, while both Ish Smith and Jon Leuer continue to make solid streaming options in standard leagues.

    Celtics 99, Wolves 93

    The Celtics mounted a second half comeback behind Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford.  Thomas got into the paint at will, earning several easy buckets and 10 trips to the line.  Meanwhile, Horford has looked splendid since returning from his concussion, and again flashed his versatile game on Monday.  He finished with 20 points, six boards, five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and three blocks.  He looks primed for a career year in Boston.

    The Wolves gave this game away in the third quarter, which has unfortunately become a bit of an habit this season.  The starting front court was as dynamic as ever, but Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins struggled to hit shots as the game progressed.  Sometimes it actually is a make-or-miss league.

    Bucks 93, Magic 89

    Giannis Antetokounmpo started quietly against the Magic, earning one foul and no other counting stats during the first eight or so minutes of action.  From that moment forward, however, he tore the Magic asunder.  The Greek Freak triple-doubled to the tune of 21 points, 10 boards, 10 assists with five steals and three blocks.  The Magic’s only real defense once he turned the corner was to foul him, and he responded by going 9-for-9 from the stripe.  All fans and owners can do is marvel at the way his game has come together.

    It’s nice to see Serge Ibaka actually blocking shots again, and he finished with a nice line tonight, but don’t overreact.  He continues to look overwhelmed as Orlando’s number one option.  Meanwhile, Aaron Gordon completely disappeared in his 21 minutes on the floor.  Until Orlando manages to trade one of their big bodies up front the path to consistent playing time for Gordon looks murky.

    Spurs 96, Mavs 91

    With Tony Parker (rest) inactive Patty Mills looked dynamic off the bench for the Spurs, scoring 17 points with three boards, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.  He continues to look like the real deal in fantasy, and if Parker were to miss significant time he’d be a hot pick up.  Elsewhere, Paul Gasol picked up the slack on offense in LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence, while Kawhi Leonard remained as efficient as ever.

    Empty calories All-Star Harrison Barnes again got his 20 points without much else to show for it, while Wesley Matthews continued his long journey back to respectability with his jumper.  The real story for Dallas, though, was Seth Curry’s 23 points in 36 minutes.  He’ll obviously see less time on the court once the rest of the roster gets healthy, but Chef the Younger continues to impress.

    Clippers 123, Raptors 115

    The Clippers looked like world beaters once again behind sterling performances from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.  Their core has never played this well together, and both Griffin and Paul are early season MVP candidates in both fantasy and reality.  Moreover, J.J. Redick got hot from deep to put the game away in the second half, and finished with 20 points, three treys and a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe.

    On the Toronto side of the ball, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 52 points and 14 assists, but simply couldn’t keep the Clippers in check defensively.  Similarly, despite posting a nice line Jonas Valanciunas was abused by the Clippers big men, often resorting to simply hacking them inside.

    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

  • 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

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo is envisioning himself as a better all-around player, with averages of 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this upcoming season.

    Adebayo, who turns 22 on Thursday, averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.3 minutes while playing in all 82 of the Heat’s games last season. With the Heat trading center Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers earlier this month, Adebayo is expected to be the clear-cut choice at starting center and a fantasy breakout candidate.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Reggie Bullock has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Knicks for less than the $4.7 million exception.

    It was reported that Bullock intitally had an offer for two years and $20 million so this is a considerable drop on the monetary terms. The two parties had to rework their agreement after unanticipated health issues that almost made the deal fall through. This is also the end of the domino that had Marcus Morris back off his initial agreement with the Spurs and sign a deal with the Knicks instead. New York seems to be loaded in the forward positions and it’s anyone’s guess who earns the minutes to become fantasy relevant next year.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dragan Bender
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    As Dragan Bender continues to explore the NBA market, the Cavs and the Raptors are among the teams that have inquired about the former lottery pick.

    The European market also remains an option for the Croatian forward as CSKA Moscow and Fenerbache are monitoring his situation. Bender is still only 21 years old and teams around the NBA could still take a chance on him after what has been a disappointing NBA career so far with averages of 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 131 career games.

    Source: Orazio Francesco Cauchi on Twitter

  • Raul Neto
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Raul Neto could end up being Ben Simmons' backup to begin the 2019-20 season.

    Right now, the two candidates to be the backup to starter Ben Simmons are Neto and former two-way player Shake Milton, a second-year combo guard who earned a lot of minutes at the point in the NBA Summer League. Neto started 53 of the 81 games in which he appeared as a rookie in 2015-16, but only started once over the past three seasons. He has averages of 4.8 points, 1.9 assists and 37.7 percent shooting from 3-point range in 14.2 minutes and it’s highly unlikely that he gains fantasy value even if he earns the backup job.

    Source: Bucks County Courier Times

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Heat are open to the idea of teaming up Chris Paul with Jimmy Butler, but what has hung the entire negotiation up is the discussion of picks.

    The Thunder holds two of Miami’s future first round draft picks, an unprotected selection in 2021 and a protected one in 2023. The Heat want those included in a potential deal and Oklahoma City has no shortage of assets as, since draft night, Sam Presti has acquired a remarkable eight first-round picks. Windhorst also added that the Heat seem to be CP3’s preferred destination and if he actually ends up in South Beach, he could retain his strong fantasy value.

    Source: NESN.com