• Welcome to the dog days of summer. Yes traditionally a baseball term, but after an exciting NBA season, up to and including last week’s free agency frenzy, it seems that the quiet days of summer have finally arrived. Of course there are still headlines, like one of the greatest power forwards of our day hanging it up, a Jared Sullinger signing, or in Draymond Green’s case, answering the old Rick James/Dave Chappelle question of what the five fingers said to the face. Here’s Tuesday’s daily dish.

    Monday Whispers

    The big news from a quiet Monday in the association was obviously the Tim Duncan retirement news. The Big Fundamental decided to hang up his shorts after playing 19 seasons with the Spurs. Duncan retires as a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP. The Spurs amassed a regular season record of 1072-483 in Duncan’s 19 years of service. The .710 winning percentage is the best 19-year stretch in the history of the NBA. Everyone from Kobe Bryant to Manu Ginobili chimed in on twitter to thank Duncan for everything that he gave to the game. In true Tim Duncan fashion, his retirement news was released via a press release and he did no have any comments for the media. Congratulations on a spectacular career TD and we wish you nothing but the best as you enjoy your retirement.

    In free agency news, the Raptors signed Jared Sullinger to a one-year deal in the neighbourhood of 6 million dollars. Sullinger became a free agent after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him. The move gives the Raptors an upgrade over Luis Scola at the PF spot heading into the season. The competition between Sullinger and Pat Patterson will be one to monitor as training camp starts. Patterson excelled off the bench last year for the Raptors so early indications seem to be that Sullinger will start. Sullinger will not hold great fantasy value as the fifth option in a Raptors line-up behind DeRozan, Lowry, Valanciunas and Carroll.

    In Summer League news, Norman Powell continued his strong play in a Raptors victory over the Mavs. Powell has been one of the best players in the Las Vegas Summer League and is clearly a man among boys. It is no coincidence that the Raptors are 3-0.

    Wolves rookie Kris Dunn was diagnosed with a concussion and was promptly placed in the league’s concussion protocol. He will have to be cleared before he can return to action and with not much time left in the Vegas Summer League schedule he may have played his last game this summer.

    Lastly, Warriors forward Draymond Green was arrested and charged with assault on Sunday evening in East Lansing, Michigan. Reports indicate that Green slapped a man who had been heckling him throughout the evening. Unfortunately for Green an officer nearby saw Green hit the man and subsequently arrested him. Green was released on a $200 bond and the Warriors indicated that they were aware of what had transpired. We’ll keep an eye of this situation as details continue to be released and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Green suspended by the league for his actions here. Enjoy the Chappelle classic below as we here at hoop ball feel this is exactly how it may have gone down on Sunday night.

    I’m @radiomunoz and that does it for another tasty dish. Keep it locked on hoop-ball.com and follow @hoopballtweets for the most up to date coverage on breaking NBA developments.


Fantasy News

  • Damion Lee
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Damion Lee went 4-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line to finish Thursday's game with 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Lee has been one of the hotter pickups since D'Angelo Russell was sent to the Wolves. However, some buyer's remorse might be setting in as Lee's .413 shooting from the field can dip thanks to the variance that comes along with him being a streaky shooter, making more suiting for FG-punting builds.

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Juan Toscano-Anderson was a beneficiary of lengthy garbage time in Thursday's loss to the Rockets, recording a career-high 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

    JTA played well, but as mentioned this game was long over even before the fans could form their conga line leading out of the arena. He's worth a watch list spot if you're playing in an 18-teamer or deeper, but expect him to fall off when Stephen Curry eventually returns.

  • Andrew Wiggins
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    Andrew Wiggins recorded a team-high 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, two 3s, one steal and two blocks in a loss to the Rockets on Thursday.

    There's not much more to add regarding Wiggins and the Warriors' sad state. On a positive note, Wiggins has managed to keep the peripherals going since joining the Dubs, something he should be able to sustain ROS.

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, Houston Rockets

    DeMarre Carroll debuted for the Rockets on Thursday vs. the Warriors but was quiet in his 13 minutes off the bench with just two points (2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds and four assists.

    Carroll was added more for playoff depth as a veteran shooter. He's not going to make noise in fantasy, so leave him on the wire.

  • Jeff Green
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Jeff Green made his debut for the Rockets on Thursday and looked surprisingly spry given that he's 33 years young, chiming in with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four 3s, four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Before you go rushing off to grab Green, note that there was so much garbage time in this one, you could have built a landfill. He was likely seeing extra run to get acclimated with his new team and system. Leave him on the wire for now. Green's extra time on the floor came at the expense of Danuel House, who played just 19 minutes and was able to tally 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (three 3s) with three rebounds and one assist. House remains a standard-league hold at this time.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Coming out of the All-Star break, a refreshed and rested James Harden was back in tip-top form, leading the Rockets to a 135-105 stomping of the Warriors with 29 points (6-of-16 FGs, 14-of-15 FTs), 10 dimes and a fat stat line.

    Harden was in full beast mode (beard mode?) in this one, handily dispatching with the Dubs with three rebounds, three treys, three steals and two blocks, while committing just one turnover. 2019-20 has been rockier than usual for Harden as he saw some unfamiliar territory with ups and downs. He's back and killing it, so clearly the ASB-rest may have been exactly what the doctor ordered.

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Kent Bazemore saw some quality run in Thursday's win over the Grizzlies, logging 23 minutes off the bench and dropping 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, two 3s and one steal.

    Bazemore is not an efficient scorer, so his .600 clip from the field tonight should be taken with a hefty grain of salt. He's been widely inconsistent for most of the season but is worth keeping an eye on in case he makes it a habit of playing well.

  • Jabari Parker
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Jabari Parker (right shoulder impingement) debuted for the Kings on Thursday but was unremarkable in his 15 minutes off the bench, tallying just four points, four rebounds and two assists.

    While Parker is not a high-impact player in fantasy, we should expect to see those minutes rise as he gets his legs back. And given that Marvin Bagley III's timetable is in weeks, Parker may be worth a streamer once he's closer to 100 percent.

  • Harrison Barnes
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Harrison Barnes was unconscious as he went 7-for-11 from deep en route to his game-high 32 points in Thursday's 129-125 win over the Grizzlies.

    Barnes was hot as hell, making 11-of-17 shots from the field, but chipped with just a sprinkling of peripherals outside of the 3-pointers, adding one rebound, one assist and one steal to the box. Even when he's on a tear, Barnes still is just a score-first (only) guy, who doesn't really diversify into the other categories. Still, it was a good night overall. Just don't expect him to be THIS good every night moving forward.

  • Tyus Jones
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Tyus Jones made his 18 minutes on the floor count on Thursday, chipping in 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two 3s and six assists.

    Jones is flying under the radar lately and should be on the radars of managers looking for a quality guard to stream. While he's not averaging 20 minutes per game, his per-36 minute numbers of 13.2 points, 8.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 3-pointers per game on .468 shooting from the field should be enough to convince you that he's worth the grab.