• The G-League, formally known as the D-League, began 16 years. It started with eight teams and has now grown into a 26-team league. It gives players an opportunity to get noticed and gives teams a place to stash a certain amount of players. Most of it however, is a pool of free-agents that can be picked up by any team at any point.

    If thrown into the right situation, a G-League player can become viable waiver wire pickup almost immediately. Take Robert Covington for example. His 2013-14 G-League stats were 23.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 triples per game. Just by taking a quick glance at those, you knew something was there and that if this guy can land in the right situation, he can be very productive. That very year, he was picked up by a shallow Philadelphia 76ers team and the rest is history. Although his numbers did not match his G-League stats, he still made for a very valuable waiver wire pick.

    2014-15’s class of G-League graduates included Seth Curry, JaMychal Green and T.J. Warren. Although Green and Warren weren’t fantasy relevant until the 2015-16 season, they should have at least been on the radar because of their G-League numbers. In 2015-16 Sean Kilpatrick was tearing it up in the D-League with averages of 26.4 points and 3.1 triples. He became a very popular waiver pick-up (mostly in deeper leagues) on a depleted Nets’ team but which manager in your league was ahead of the game?

    Editor’s Note: If you want more tools to crush it in fantasy hoops this season, you might want to check out the Hoop Ball Draft Guide.

    How do we know which player will be the next to make the jump into fantasy relevance? It’s really all about situation and opportunity. The metric we used to distinguish fantasy production among G-League player is that we ranked them amongst each other and using the standard league categories, assigned a Z-score to each players production (the system they use for most fantasy rankings). Here are the top 25 ranked players based on their 2016-17 stats IF such a thing as Fantasy G-League basketball existed.

Fantasy News

  • Robin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls

    Robin Lopez is unlikely to return to the Bulls next season, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

    Lopez was looking for a buyout last season but Chicago held onto him to help establish a positive culture, and the big man ended up playing a healthy amount down the stretch. Lopez will have no shortage of suitors on the open market as a quality player who won't break the bank. He's unlikely to hold much fantasy value, however, while Wendell Carter Jr. should be looking at big minutes for the Bulls.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Glenn Robinson III - G/F - Detroit Pistons

    James Edwards III of The Athletic is reporting the Pistons are “unlikely” to exercise their team option on Glenn Robinson III.

    Robinson would be a $4.27 million cap hit next season. Blake Griffin isn’t getting any younger, so the Pistons are hoping to clear room to be active in the trade market.

    Source: James Edwards III on Twitter

  • TJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns

    SportsNet New York's Ian Begley is reporting the Mavs are among teams interested in acquiring the Suns' T.J. Warren via trade.

    Begley also reports the Suns are open to moving both Warren and Josh Jackson. Both Warren and Jackson have been recently included in trade rumors over the past few weeks, so there is some traction to the reports from several outlets. With many young assets and teams kicking the tires, it won't be surprising if the Suns re-tool a little bit.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Jahlil Okafor - C - New Orleans Pelicans

    ESPN's Malika Andrews is reporting the Pelicans will exercise Jahlil Okafor's team option for the 2019-2020 season.

    Okafor is due just $1.7 million next season, so this was an easy call. According to Andrews, the Pels staff is impressed by Okafor's work ethic and progress on defense. David Griffin could be in the middle of rebuilding something special in New Orleans. With so many assets, they are just getting started.

    Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics

    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Celtics are actively shopping Aron Baynes.

    Baynes recently exercised his $5.9 million player option for the 2019-2020 season, but the Celtics would like to open up more cap space. As the Celtics are rumored to lose Kyrie Irving and Al Horford to free agency, they need more money to play with when June 30th rolls around to kick off free agency. Baynes is a solid center off the bench and relatively cheap, so expect a move in the coming days.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Stephen Curry - Team - Golden State Warriors

    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Warriors are sending $1.3 million in cash and a 2024 second-rounder to the Hawks in exchange for the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

    With a team as cap-strapped (especially if KD stays) as the Warriors, second-rounders become very important. Whoever the Warriors draft could potentially become a rotational player. As we saw in the NBA Finals, the Warriors could use some depth and this player could see significant minutes depending on the circumstances. The Warriors have been very good with late selections, so it will be interesting to see what player they chase with the pick.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Aaron Holiday - G - Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday is in demand when the Pacers are discussing trades with other teams prior to Thursday's draft.

    Holiday is one of the five players under contract for the Pacers that averaged over 10 minutes per game last season, so he is definitely one of the primary assets on their roster. We could see Holiday on another team come Thursday night or sometime during this offseason as the Pacers could look to make a home run move.

    Source: IndyStar

  • Jon Leuer - F - Detroit Pistons

    The Pistons have agreed to give the Bucks Jon Leuer for Tony Snell and the 30th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on Wednesday night.

    The Pistons now own two picks in the first round, but they take on Tony Snell's contract for this season and next season. The Pistons are stuck in the middle of the Eastern Conference right now, so they are trying to acquire picks hoping that they can find a gem that will lift their franchise.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Tony Snell - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have agreed to trade Tony Snell to the Pistons for Jon Leuer on Wednesday night.

    The Pistons will also receive the 30th pick in the first round of Thursday’s draft. The Bucks made it clear that they were trying to trade Snell and Ersan Ilyasova, so they have accomplished half of their goal. The Bucks save $4 million in salary this season and no longer have Snell’s $12 million on the books for the 2020-21 season.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • R.J Barrett - G - College

    The New Orleans Pelicans are looking to assemble a package to get themselves the 2nd overall pick in the draft so that they can draft R.J Barrett before the Knicks can according to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post.

    This potential deal would hinge on convincing the Grizzlies to pass up on Ja Morant, a seemingly unlikely move seeing how they just traded Mike Conley with no PG coming back in return. With all the assets in their arsenal it’s certainly feasible that the Pelicans could find a way to make this work, but as of now it seems like a steep mountain to overcome.

    Source: Peter Vecsey on Twitter