• 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

  • 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 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

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Raptors.

    Hollis-Jefferson's deal was originally reported as a minimum contract however it is now a $2.5 million contract which comes out of the Raptors' non-taxpayer mid-level. He will likely play some minutes behind Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. He is capable of defending multiple positions and might be able to provide some deep-league value in rebounds, steals and blocks.

    Source: Jeff Siegel on Twitter

  • Mike Muscala
    PF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Mike Muscala has signed with the Thunder on a two-year, $4.31 million deal with a player option.

    Muscala could step in with the Thunder to be their stretch four behind Danilo Gallinari or back up Steven Adams. He could potentially earn some minutes especially with Jeremi Grant no longer on the team. He averaged around 20 mpg in his last two seasons with the Lakers and Hawks, providing threes and blocks that were useful to deep-league owners.

    Source: OKC Thunder Wire