• The End of an ERA

    An NBA great retires? More free agent signings? In what is usually a slow day in the world of basketball news, Tuesday provided us fans with some entertainment. Free Agency saw it’s fair share of movement today regarding some of the more notable players still out there.

    Tuesday’s Action

    Today marks the end of an illustrious career for two NBA players. Amare Stoudemire decided to hang em’ up as the back issues and overall ineffectiveness last season finally made the decision easy for him. During his ten-year reign from ’03 to ’10, STAT proved to be one of the best scoring power forwards the game had seen.

    He posterized countless victims and also received countless lobs from Steve Nash. Sadly, he will most likely be remembered for his rapid decline rather than his seven seasons where he averaged over 20 points per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Though he’s likely to enter the Hall of Fame, he’ll go down as one of those guys who just wasn’t quite good enough for the ringz crowd.

    The real hero who retired today was Cavs legend Sasha Kaun. One NBA season, one title — Cleveland loves you, Sasha. The Russian bronze medalist decided his ankle woes were too much to handle and he had to call it quits. His 3.8 minutes per game will be missed by the defending champs. When the Warriors win the title, don’t forget the real reason why the Cavs fell short.

    In free agency news, a couple of players received some new contracts. Both seemed to be relatively forgotten throughout the free agency frenzy that occurred over the first couple of weeks.

    The first notable free agent move of the day was the Heat’s signing of Dion Waiters. Waiters is remembered for his interview with Alex Kennedy where he said, “Without a doubt, I really believe that [I’ll eventually be the best shooting guard in the NBA]. This year, I’m going to show a lot of people who doubted me and still doubt me. I’m going to show them.” Confidence? Cockiness? Idiotic? Whatever you call it, Waiters signed a two-year deal with the Heat worth $6 million. The second year of the contract is a player option. The contract details were released earlier in the week but was thought to be a one-year, $3 million deal. Many expect Waiters to opt out of the deal regardless.

    As for the second player — I’ll give you a hint. Don’t mess up his Moe-Jo. Weak puns aside, the player is Moe Harkless. The Blazers signed him to a four-year, $40 million contract. His fantasy value is not necessarily ideal while he remains on the crowded roster of the Blazers. Considering he will be battling Al-Farouq Aminu and Evan Turner he projects to be no more than a role player on a very deep Blazers team. Thanks for the solid playoff performances, your contributions to my DFS teams will never be forgotten.

    In more important news, Tyler Johnson admitted to throwing up multiple times after hearing the contract the Nets offered him. A four year, $50 million contract was even shocking to him! After the offer, he said he assumed that he would soon be apart of the Brooklyn Nets. To his surprise again, the Heat decided to match the offer. The deal is obviously very questionable, especially considering the recent signing of Dion Waiters.  Considering the progression of Josh Richardson, the Heat are concerning me.

    In terms of injury news, it was relatively quiet today. Rudy Gay did however admit to playing through Achilles’ tendonitis for the last two NBA seasons. Now with George Karl and Rajon Rondo removed from the Kings, Gay could be in for a solid year in 2016. Gay has been relatively the same player for his entire 10-year career in terms of  statistical output. Maybe the absence of the tendonitis will help bring him back to averaging over 20 points per game. He will continue to be a solid early-mid round selection in fantasy drafts.

    That’ll do it for Tuesday’s Dish, and as always –  follow us on twitter @hoopballtweets for the best NBA news and analysis. Also, follow me on my twitter @Brett_Squires. Hold tight, the NBA season will be here before you know it!

     

Fantasy News

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell dropped 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting, and only adding three boards and three assists to his line in Wednesday's 129-96 blowout loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    D'Angelo Russell has been the one bright spot for fantasy owners on the Warriors. He is still only a mid-round player on the year, and the Warriors could start to rest their star off-season acquisition down the stretch.

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn scored 14 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes on Wednesday.

    Dunn also got to the line nine times and hit eight of them, a surprise bonus for a player who averages less than one attempt per game. Dunn is ranked just outside the top-100 thanks to his 2.0 steals per game. He doesn't add much in other categories, but the consistent steals makes him worth rostering in standard leagues.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green only attempted three shots in 25 minutes on Wednesday, ending with five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3PT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal, while failing to make it to the charity stripe.

    Green hasn't been the player we've come to know over the last few seasons. It's going to be tough to trust him to play on a nightly basis, and even when he does, there's a lot of volatility in his performances.

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Marquese Chriss turned 18 bench minutes into 11 points, eight rebounds and an assist.

    It was a tough night for Warriors big men going up against Rudy Gobert. Chriss had the best luck, as starter, Willie Cauley-Stein, went 0-for-5 in 14 minutes. Eric Paschall fared slightly better, also coming off the bench for 26 minutes to end with 11 points (4-10 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting to go with six rebounds and four triples in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    It was a nice bounce-back effort for Markkanen who scored only eight points on 2-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes on Monday. Markkanen owners are desperately hoping he can get it going after a disappointing first half of the season. He's a top-100 player on the season but has showed the ability to produce top-50 numbers and is a buy-low target.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points (10-13 FG, 2-7 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks on Wednesday night.

    Gobert is making a case to pop into second-round value on the season after tonight's performance. Unfortunately, the 2-for-7 shooting from the charity stripe is a stain on an otherwise excellent line, but owners know to expect this from the Frenchman.

  • DeMar DeRozan
    SG, San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan went 8-of-16 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line for 20 points on Wednesday, but was quiet in other areas, notching just five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 36 minutes.

    DeRozan did commit just one turnover, so he does emerge with a 5-cat special if you're in a 9-category league. His assists should be back in no time, so count on him to be a force in the game ROS.

  • Cristiano Felicio
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Cristiano Felicio double-doubled with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes on Wednesday.

    Felicio came off the bench to start the game but started the second half over Luke Kornet (15 points in 18 minutes on Wednesday). It could be possible Coach Boylen favors Felicio over Kornet moving forward while Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford are out. Standard-league GMs should wait for one more good game from Felicio before adding him and those who picked up Kornet should hold for one more game before dropping.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge paced the Spurs with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, plus 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and two blocks in Wednesday's 121-117 over Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.

    Aldridge was near-unstoppable as he had his way in the paint and at the line (7-of-8). He was not fazed by all the brouhaha surrounding Zion Williamson's regular season debut. While Zion is clearly the future of fantasy, Aldridge is the here-and-now as he serves up a top-30 value floor night in and night out.

  • Joe Ingles
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Joe Ingles scored 11 points (4-of-7 shooting) and chipped in two rebounds and eight assists on Wednesday.

    The minutes in this contest were all over the place since the Jazz went up 14 after the first quarter and never looked back. Mike Conley saw 19 minutes off the bench and scored eight points on 4-of-10 from the floor, while Georges Niang saw 22 minutes and dropped 11 points of 4-of-7 shooting. For now, Ingles is still starting over Conley so he should be held onto until things change.