• If you’re reading this and you still haven’t purchased the Hoop-Ball draft guide, time is running out. It’s just $9.99 but will be rising in price after Wednesday night. The NFL season is beginning this Sunday and many forget how close the basketball season really is, so don’t be a fool and purchase the draft guide. We’re waiting…

    With the regular season a little under two months away, some days tend to be slow and sadly Tuesday was one of those days. Though there is a developing story on the dinosaur himself, so stay tuned.

    Justice Winslow has been working on his shooting with an unnamed shooting coach and the team expects major improvement to be shown this season. The second-year wing was tossed into heavy minutes last season but underwhelmed from a fantasy perspective. He posted a 12.5 usage percentage last season which makes it almost impossible to be a reliable fantasy asset from game-to-game. The only player to have a lower usage rate while also playing as many minutes as Winslow was Cavs forward Tristan Thompson (11.7 percent). While improved shooting is a great sign for the Heat, fantasy players need an uptick in his usage rate in order to make him more than a late-round asset.

    Markel Brown heads to Cleveland. The former Net has screwed me over in DFS more than I feel comfortable talking about. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” This quote has never felt more relevant in my life. If Brown makes the team, he obviously carries no fantasy value in season-long leagues but could be worth a look in DFS if injuries shred the Cavs backcourt — let’s hope that doesn’t happen for the sake of my wallet. Brown offers defensive upside and occasionally can get hot but that’s a rare occasion despite the 19.0 usage rate he posted last season. Forever salty.

    Chris Bosh and the Heat keep appearing in the news. Apparently the two sides are working on a solution. Bosh wants in but the team wants safety and clarity. Talk about a risky fantasy pick, whew. Ever since Bosh began hitting 3’s with consistency, he’s proven to be a top-40 guy. This is somewhat similar to the Josh Gordon scenario in fantasy football. Josh Gordon was thought to be missing all of the upcoming season but ended up with just a 4-game suspension. Those who drafted early will reap the rewards while only spending minimal draft capital. Bosh of course is not suspended, but he does have a very serious health concern that could very well hold him out for much if not all of the 2016-2017 season. He’s the epitome of a high-risk high-reward draft pick in fantasy.

    Gerald Green could be on his way out? Green played for the Celtics during his first two seasons in the NBA (’05-’07). 10 years later, we have witnessed a reunion between the two sides. Though early reports suggest Green very well could be a cut candidate. With youngster Jams Young competing with Green for a roster spot, it’ll be very interesting to see what the Celts ultimately decide to do. Young’s slow development has the Celtics management wondering if they drafted a snail in disguise. While Green is obviously the better player at this point, he’s 30 years old and has no long-term potential. But if the Celtics want to increase the chance of taking down the Cavs, Green is the better option. James Young may be worth the stash but Boston is certainly running out of patience with the 21-year-old. For what it’s worth, Green signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract, fully guaranteed.

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Fantasy News

  • Kenny Wooten
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have signed Kenny Wooten to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Wooten posted 10 blocks in only 52 minutes during Summer League and possesses some serious leaping ability. He will spend most of his time in the G-League and should not be on the radar in drafts.

    Source: Marc Berman of The New York Post

  • Oshae Brissett
    SG-SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Jordan McLaughlin
    G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.

    McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.

    Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.

    All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.

    Source: NBA.com

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Mason
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.

    Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster spot even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    This is not the worst landing spot for Korver but he will strictly be a backup and entering his 17th season, he should not be relevant in standard leagues. He was able to knock down 2.1 triples per game in only 20.1 minutes last season so he may have value as a specialist in super-deep leagues however.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.

    Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon withdraws from Team USA training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Gordon is the third player to withdraw this week after James Harden and Anthony Davis. The original training camp list of 20 is now down to 17 and the official 12-team roster will be announced on August 17.

    Source: Shams Charanis on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have officially announced the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison.

    Kornet can provide threes and blocks as a backup big for the Bulls. He is currently behind Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. but may be able to carve out some minutes for deep-league owners. Harrison will be fighting for minutes with the Bulls' plethora of point guards at the moment. If he can find some minutes during the season, he can be a source of steals as a player to stream or for deep leagues.

    Source: Bulls.com