• The NBA is slowly approaching and while the news has been relatively quiet, it should be ramping up sooner rather than later. Team USA is taking on China this Saturday and DraftKings is officially open for Rio! One player that was signed today has a very good chance of making history.

    Tuesday’s Action

    While it was short-lived, Fredette generated quite a buzz during his short stint in the NBA. ‘Jimmer range’ was created during his days at BYU. He seemed to pull up from almost anywhere in front of half court and he had his games where he just refused to miss. The Kings saw enough and drafted him 10th overall back in 2011 — which turned out to be a terrible mistake.

    Fredette may have had the popularity from the fans but no coaching staff really fell in love with his game. Now heading to China, ‘Jimmer range’ will be revived so be prepared to see some massive scoring outputs while playing for the Shanghai Sharks.

    The Knicks signed J.P Tokoto, who was cut by the Sixers last year. Before they cut Christian Wood, I always considered being cut by the Sixers as a death sentence to a career. Tokoto can’t shoot but he’s a slasher who is known for his highlight reel plays. He may make some noise in the D-League but it’s unlikely we see any of him in the NBA this season.

    Kelly Oubre had his third-year option picked up two months early. While Oubre will likely remain behind Porter, the Wizards clearly love the potential with Oubre and he should get a few spot starts here and there. For what it’s worth, Porter has played 186 games out of a possible 246, so Oubre will have a few games at the very least to showcase his skills.

    Veteran James Jones has a chance to be apart of NBA history forever. He was signed to a one-year, $1.55 million deal today and can continue his pursuit of the record books. Jones averaged under 10.0 minutes per game last season.

    If LeBron can carry the Cavs to his seventh straight Finals, Jones and James would be joining the historic Celtics roster that consisted of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, K.C Jones, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey as the only players in history to accomplish such a feat. While their streak was impressive, the game has changed drastically over the years and personally I believe the streak LeBron and Jones currently have is more impressive. Watching some old film can show the drastic changes that the game of basketball has gone through — the absence of the three-point line is just the beginning. I’m not discrediting what they achieved, simply shining light on how impressive the streak is in today’s era. It’s been 49 years since the last player to reach seven straight Finals so we are witnessing history with James Jones and LeBron James.

    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. DON’T FORGET TO TUNE INTO TEAM USA’S FIRST GAME IN RIO VERSUS CHINA THIS SATURDAY AT 6PM EDT.

Fantasy News

  • Javonte Green
    F, Boston Celtics

    Javonte Green will join the Celtics on a partially guaranteed contract.

    After a strong Summer League performance where he averaged 10.8ppg on 50% shooting, Green will get an opportunity to fight for a roster spot for the Celtics. He most recently played overseas in Germany.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Amida Brimah
    C, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers have signed Amida Brimah to a one-year contract.

    The seven foot big man, Bridah, has had a couple short stints with the Spurs but has yet to play in a game. Expect him to compete for a roster spot come training camp but there are no guarantees that he will make the final roster.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Daniel Theis
    PF, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have officially re-signed Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker.

    The team rescinded their qualifying offer to Theis in a procedural move to maximize cap space, but he's back in Boston on a two-year, $10 million deal. He'll be battling for backup center minutes and his shooting ability (38.8 percent from deep last season on low volume) could set him apart from the rest of Boston's frontcourt options. As a player who can knock down threes and pick up some steals and blocks, there's deep-league potential for Theis should he end up pushing for something like 20 mpg. Wanamaker decided to pass on larger offers from European teams to return to the Celtics, where he may have a better shot at minutes with Terry Rozier out of the picture. Even so, he's not a fantasy target.

    Source: Boston Celtics

  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have made their signing of Thanasis Antetokounmpo official.

    Antetokounmpo is believed to be on a two-year deal that is fully guaranteed for the veteran's minimum. Antetokounmpo has just two NBA appearances to his name, both coming back in 2016 with the Knicks. It's unlikely that he'll play much, if at all, though at least he'll get to hang with his MVP little brother.

    Source: Milwaukee Bucks

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have announced the signing of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

    Hollis-Jefferson had a tough season in Brooklyn, suffering an offseason adductor strain and then falling out of the rotation when he was ready to play. The Raptors will take a one-year flier on a player that can capably defend multiple positions while bringing great energy, and he'll fit in with the team's defensive identity. RHJ is only a year removed from being a top-100 fantasy player but it's unlikely that he holds standard-league value in a reserve role for Toronto. Deep-league managers can consider Hollis-Jefferson a late-round flier.

    Source: Toronto Raptors

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially re-signed Kelly Oubre.

    Oubre is headed back to Phoenix on a two-year, $30 million deal and lost out on a bigger payday as teams alternately gobbled up cap space or played a long waiting game in free agency, leaving one of the top RFAs on the board to settle for a deal that clocks in below expectations. Oubre missed the end of the season because of thumb surgery but blossomed in Phoenix, averaging 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 3s on .453 shooting. That was good for top-50 value, and while that might be too lofty to expect a repeat without some breaks (the efficiency is a definite question mark), it's clear that Oubre is finally on a team that will commit to his future and there will be enough playing time to make him a late-middle round option in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Phoenix Suns

  • David Nwaba
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have announced the signing of David Nwaba.

    Nwaba will head to Brooklyn on a two-year deal after bouncing around over his first three NBA seasons. It's a nice pickup for the Nets, who will get a hard-nosed forward that's capable of defending and rebounding with tenacity. Nwaba's poor shooting might not do him favors in Brooklyn's system, but he's the type of hustle player that coaches tend to like. Expect him to play a part in Kenny Atkinson's deep rotation, though fantasy value is probably out of the question when everyone is healthy.

    Source: Brooklyn Nets

  • JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    J.R. Smith will meet with the Bucks on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    This is the first team other than the Lakers, who have already been deemed an unlikely landing spot, to be connected to Smith. Milwaukee is looking for another wing shooter and Smith would fit the bill in a perfect world, though it's unlikely that he would play a major role for any team after sitting out since November.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyle Lowry
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry has undergone a procedure to repair the tendon in his left thumb, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Lowry battled with either a left thumb sprain or dislocation (depending on who you believe) in the playoffs and often spoke of how he struggled to handle the ball. It didn't seem to matter too much as Lowry shot 42 percent from deep over the Eastern Conference Finals and Finals, but this procedure is far from surprising. The point guard is still hoping to be ready for Team USA training camp and the FIBA World Cup, so we are not looking at a lengthy recovery here.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Naz Reid
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Naz Reid has signed a multi-year deal with the Wolves.

    Reid was originally expected to sign a two-way deal, and this might be the fastest conversion to a standard contract ever. Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic is reporting that it is a four-year deal worth a max of $6.1 million, with a full guarantee on the first season. Reid averaged 12.5 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 assists in just 18.3 mpg at Summer League and looked like one of the better big men at the Vegas circuit. The Wolves are obviously set at center in the long term, but Reid could definitely emerge as the backup with a little more seasoning.

    Source: Minnesota Timberwolves