• 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 Sullinger became a free agent after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him.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

  • Kawhi Leonard
    Team, Los Angeles Clippers

    Sopan Deb of The New York Times is reporting the NBA has begun an investigation centered around whether "improper inducements" were offered to players in order to circumvent the salary cap.

    This follows Stephen A. Smith's reporting on Kawhi Leonard's team demands for his uncle, as well as other rumors suggesting the courtship of free agency went out of bounds in the summer of 2019. It will be interesting to see how deep this matter goes and what sort of penalties will be handed out, if any at all.

    Source: Sopan Deb on Twitter

  • Boban Marjanovic
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavs have officially announced the signing of Boban Marjanović to a two-year, $7 million deal.

    The Mavs will have two 7'3" bigs on their team as Kristaps Porzingis will be playing his first games in a Mavs uniform this season. Boban has been a reliable big off the bench for all four franchises that he has played for. However, he has never eclipsed the 14.0 mpg mark and therefore, will not sustain fantasy value. He is someone to look at in DFS matchups depending on matchups and injuries.

    Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    There is video that came out showing Giannis Antetokounmpo taking jump shots alongside new teammate Kyle Korver.

    If Giannis is able to improve upon his efficiency when taking shots from outside, he will take the word unstoppable to another level. In his career, he is a 27.7% three-point shooter. Korver, a career 42.9% three-point shooter, will look to help the reigning MVP improve upon the one weakness in his game.

    Source: Bleacher Report on Twitter

  • Brandon Goodwin
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have signed Brandon Goodwin to a 2-way contract.

    Goodwin played in 16 games in his first season with the Nuggets and had a very impressive Summer League showing in July. He will be joining a very youthful roster in Atlanta. Goodwin is off the radar from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Cheick Diallo has officially signed a two-year contract with the Suns.

    Diallo has always been intriguing but he has never seen enough minutes to provide consistent value. He is off the radar heading into the season, but could be a cheap option in DFS depending on the matchup.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard has withdrawn from Team USA training camp and will not play in this summer's World Cup.

    Lillard is the latest star to sit this one out, and we can't imagine that USA Basketball will hold it against him when it comes time to pick the Olympic roster. Dame's locked in as a first-round fantasy talent as usual, and the extra time off should ensure that he's fully fresh to kick off the season.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal will not participate in Team USA training camp or play in the World Cup as he's expecting the birth of his child in late August or early September.

    Amidst a wave of players withdrawing to focus on the upcoming season, Beal brings a far more legitimate reason to the table. It's widely expected that the Wizards will offer up a three-year, $111 million extension the second they can, though whether Beal wants to sign up for a long-ish term future in Washington remains to be seen. With John Wall out of the picture for next season, Beal is looking at another monstrous fantasy season and will be a surefire early-round pick.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Julius Randle and Jaylen Brown have been added to the Team USA training camp roster.

    The superstars on the original invite list are dropping out rapidly these days, so Team USA is replacing them with younger players who might not have otherwise had a shot at representing their nation on the largest stage. Both Randle and Brown figure to take on larger roles for their teams this season, and hopefully this selection will be a good first step to what is hopefully a big season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Free agent Ben McLemore has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Rockets.

    McLemore was selected by the Kings with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft and he has also spent time with the Grizzlies. The Rockets have limited financial options and they are taking a flier with McLemore who is still just 26 years old. It’s not a lock that he makes the final roster though.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • John Wall
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that John Wall “probably won’t play at all” next year as he is recovering from a torn Achilles.

    Nothing new here, Wall ruptured his left Achilles in a slip-and-fall incident at home and he is not expected to resume any basketball activity until at least February of 2020. The Wizards are not expected to be very competitive this year and it makes sense to take it slow with Wall’s rehab. Owners should only stash him in dynasty leagues.

    Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter