• There’s no way of hiding it — today was quite a slow news day. Well, just for big news at least. Today the NBA world was given a day off from urgent news, though this will not continue for long. Let’s get into today’s action.

    Tuesday’s Headlines

    While I noted that the day was a relatively boring day in terms of big news, there were a few new deals and even a trade rumor!

    In slightly embarrassing news, Andre Drummond refuses to help his potential 2016 fantasy owners out. Jerk. In reality he is simply rejecting the idea of attempting free throws underhand as he reportedly has found a ‘new technique’ that he’s comfortable with. I mean I’m sure he thought last season’s stroke was nice too, carrying  him to a NBA worst 35 percent. I love Drummond and he’s very fun to watch, but at this point you might as well open to shooting them with your eyes closed — it really can’t get much worse, right?

    Training camp deals began today. Forward D.J. Kennedy — a former D-League standout in 2012 — will be joining the Nuggets on a partially guaranteed three-year deal. It’s odd that they guaranteed any of the deal but the reign of JaKarr Sampson may be coming to an end because of this. Sampson will have to fend off Kennedy for the third SF on the depth chart.

    Phil Pressey will be joining the Warriors for camp. I actually think we could see Pressey as a Warrior by the time playoffs roll around due to a lack of depth at the position, now that Barbosa has moved on. Obviously he has no fantasy value and he will likely have no real life impact until he can improve upon his ugly 34 percent mark from the field.

    Chris Copeland and Robert Sacre have earned camp invites by the New Orleans Pelicans. There’s a very small chance Copeland makes it into the final 15 roster spots. In fact, it’s near impossible with the recent roster additions. Sacre may have a spot waiting from him depending on his camp performance. If signed, he would become the third center on the depth chart and would be used for nothing more than additional depth. As we all know, Asik isn’t necessarily the ‘iron man’ of the NBA.

    Jrue Holiday will be starting the season wearing goggles in order to protect a surgically repaired orbital wall under his right eye. He is finally entering a season without any injury concerns to his legs so this is a good start for him despite the recent surgery. He could be one of the biggest steals in 8-cat and point leagues this year if healthy. Holiday received a massive usage rate towards the end of last season and produced incredible numbers, though many nights came with inefficiency. He remains a high risk/high reward draft selection.

    I have a weird love/hate relationship with trade rumors. I love the excitement but the angst that follows often comes back to bite. For me the answer is simple, a Celtics fan lives through more trade rumors than most NBA fans. The Kings are another team where players will be found rumored to leave or join the team constantly. Today it was Wolves’ guard Ricky Rubio who’s name popped up in the rumor mill today. I bashed Rubio for his performance last week but we know he’s more than a capable starting point guard in the NBA – he’s just constantly battling injury and shooting woes. But he’s a phenomenal defender, passer and floor general thus making the main issue is simply his health.

    The Kings are in serious need of back court depth and Rubio would be a solid addition at the right price. There’s been no talk on what the deal could be simply because this is a very small rumor. But it’s worth noting due to the likelihood that, 1. Rubio is traded 2. The Kings will add a point guard. Keep this rumor in the back of your mind because we will surely be revisiting it when once the season kicks off.

    Have a good one folks! Don’t forget to follow me @Brett_Squires on twitter and don’t miss any NBA news by following us @hoopballtweets.

     

     

Fantasy News

  • Dragan Bender
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops is reporting that Dragan Bender has a verbal commitment to join EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow on a multiyear deal.

    The report adds that the former No. 4 pick will take the offer unless there is an intriguing offer to him from an NBA team in the 11th hour. Bender was linked to the Cavs and the Raptors but he hasn’t been able to generate much interest in the market and the move to Europe might be the optimal choice for him now.

    Source: Eurohoops

  • Chasson Randle
    PG, Washington Wizards

    With two open roster spots plus a two-way contract available, the Hawks have a couple more moves to make and Chasson Randle could be an option for them.

    Jaylen Adams was waived on Saturday before his contract became guaranteed, while GM Travis Schlenk said he wants to add a veteran to the roster and fill the two-way spot. The Hawks intend to keep one roster spot open for flexibility during the season, so we should expect two more moves before the offseason ends. Behind Trae Young, the Hawks have only Evan Turner who can play backup point guard so there is a need for the position. Randle played last season with the Wizards where he averaged 5.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 15.2 minutes and 49 games. He saw increased time toward the end of the season but was not extended a qualifying offer and is an unrestricted free agent.

    Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Josh Jackson appears to have dealt with his arrest at a Miami music festival this summer by reaching a plea deal that will keep him out of the courtroom.

    The Miami State Attorney’s Office confirmed that Jackson agreed to complete some kind of pre-trial diversion program in exchange for having the charges dropped. He was arrested at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami this summer when he reportedly tried to enter the VIP area many times without a proper pass. Jackson gets a fresh start in Memphis this year and even though it’s hard to predict whether he will be able to bounce back, he deserves consideration in the later rounds since the minutes will probably be there for him.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Marcos Louzada Silva
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Sydney Kings have inked sharp-shooting Brazilian NBA prospect Marcos Louzada Silva as part of the NBL's expanding Next Stars program.

    Didi was selected by the Hawks as the No. 35 pick in this year's Draft, and traded to the Pelicans.
    He is expected to develop in the Kings program in the NBL after playing in the recently-completed NBA Summer League.

    Source: Sydney Kings on Twitter

  • Dion Waiters
    SG, Miami Heat

    Dion Waiters wrote on Instagram on Monday that he read all the jokes on social media about his conditioning last season, but rather than "joining the circus," he used it as motivation to improve his physique.

    The Heat are known around the league for having one of the best conditioning programs, as guys who go there almost universally get in better shape. Waiters seemed to be the exception to the rule last year coming off an injury where he didn’t get to train like he wanted. He has been hitting the gym though this summer as he is trying to get back to elite basketball shape area for the upcoming season. It’s nice to see this development but Waiters’ game is still very inefficient due to the bad percentages and turnovers that limit his fantasy value.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D’Antoni believes that Russell Westbrook will succeed in Houston, not because of how different he is than Chris Paul, but because of what he and James Harden have in common.

    “That’s what great players do,” D’Antoni said. “Great players figure it out. They make it work.“ Considering all the Rockets gave up in order to acquire the 2017 MVP, there seems to be some urgency in order to make this work, but MDA sounded optimistic about the duo’s future in Houston. We’ll have to wait and see how this translates on the court but the initial signs from all parties involved sound extremely positive.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons officially announced on Tuesday that he will skip the upcoming FIBA World Cup in China.

    Simmons just signed a five-year, $170 max contract extension with the Sixers so it makes sense for him to skip the World Tournament. He said that he intends to join the national team again for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo but Australia is going to have a hard time competing for a medal this summer without their young superstar.

    Source: Ben Simmons on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Anthony Davis said that, even after his trade request was granted, that doesn’t mean he’ll commit to the Lakers for the long term.

    “I’m just focused on this season,” said AD. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, I have one year in LA so I’m going make the best out of it.” Davis is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and his agent Rich Paul insisted that his client is going to keep all options open in the summer of 2020. This is obviously a chapter taken out of the LeBron James playbook as AD is simply trying to put more pressure to the Lakers organization in order to surround the team with elite talent. He is poised for a monster fantasy year regardless.

    Source: ESPN

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets and Thunder officially completed their blockbuster trade of Chris Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 for Russell Westbrook on Tuesday.

    Westbrook and Harden and now officially reunited and will be performing massive pre-game routines at the Toyota Center. Meanwhile, the Thunder officially have Chris Paul on the roster and are free to move him if they choose. Watching how Sam Presti begins this rebuild process will be interesting, to say the least.

    Source: Royce Young on Twitter

  • Jarrell Brantley
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed rookies Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman to two-way contracts.

    Brantley was selected 50th overall in this June's draft after putting up big numbers in four seasons at the College of Charleston. He averaged 4.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games at Summer League, though he also missed time with right hamstring soreness. Wright-Foreman, the 53rd pick out of Hofstra, fared a little better with 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals, though he also battled right knee/hamstring issues and left the team for personal reasons at the end of their Vegas run. There's not much fantasy impact here.

    Source: Utah Jazz