• The top five teams in the East were on display in a five-game slate on Tuesday. They didn’t disappoint. The Cavs knocked off the Raptors in a close finish. More on that below. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker continued to dominate his way in to the fantasy elite dinner table after another great line. Let’s get to all of the action and more in Wednesday’s Daily Dish.

    CAVS 121, RAPTORS 117

    The Cavs narrowly edged out the Raptors in a rematch of June’s Eastern Conference Finals. Channing Frye (21 points, five treys) hit the go ahead 3-pointer with 59 seconds left. That’s two nice games in a row now for Frye and his ownership is kicking up a notch. I’d say he is worth a look in deeper leagues at this point, but I can’t have confidence in his standard league value.

    LeBron James narrowly missed a triple-double, scoring 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting with 14 assists, nine boards, one steal and two 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving followed suit with 24 points on 10-for-20 shooting with four assists, five boards, two steals and two 3-pointers of his own. The stars came out to play tonight.

    The frontcourt was just as effective for the Cavs. Kevin Love poured in a double-double, scoring 19 points and 13 boards with one assist, three swats and one trey. Tristan Thompson double-doubled as well, scoring 15 points with 11 boards and a block in 30 minutes. He’s a rebounding specialist who is getting it done if you need him. He will have peaks and valleys like all other late-round assets.

    The Raptors got nice lines from their bread and butter players, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Cavs from scoring 121 points. Kyle Lowry led the way with 28 points with five boards, nine assists, four steals and four 3-pointers. He is producing steady numbers and owners should be pleased. DeMar DeRozan shot 10-for-27 from the field with 26 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He has taken the next step as an early round asset this season.

    Jonas Valanciunas shot 5-for-9 from the field for 14 points with nine boards and two assists in 34 minutes. This is the most minutes he has seen since opening night. Lucas Nogueira got in to foul trouble early with three fouls in three minutes, so he only played 10 minutes at the center spot. The Raptors could have used his presence down the stretch. If you picked him up, hold tight for a few more games to see what kind of role he carves out. We’ll chalk tonight’s bagel (0 points, four rebounds, one block) up to foul trouble.

    Norman Powell got the start for DeMarre Carroll (rest) and did well in his place. Powell shot 4-for-7 from the field for 12 points with three boards, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. Powell has held significant value before and is officially on the watch list if he can keep rolling. Keep an eye out.

    HAWKS 93, HEAT 90

    The Hawks hung on in another Eastern Conference nail-biter on Tuesday night. They managed to play eight players over 20 minutes a piece in the win. Paul Millsap improved on Saturday’s nightmare outing with a decent line. Millsap shot 7-for-17 from the field for 15 points with six boards, four assists and two steals in 35 minutes. His recent struggles have been well-documented, but Tuesday’s like is a step in the right direction. Stay the course.

    Dwight Howard (left quad contusion) missed the fourth quarter after he went to the locker room and was ruled out within minutes. With the Hawks playing on a quick turnaround Wednesday evening, consider Dwight highly questionable. He finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three steals in 25 minutes. If Dwight misses more time, Mike Muscala (14 points, five rebounds, four assists) is your add.

    Kyle Korver disappeared with four points, two rebounds and one block in 29 minutes. This was easily his worst fantasy performance of the young season. Better days are ahead.

    With Goran Dragic (ankle) sitting this one out, the Heat turned to Hassan Whiteside to be the force within. Whiteside narrowly missed a 20-20 night, scoring 19 points with 25 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Josh Richardson got another start at point guard and made the most of his opportunity. J-Rich shot 8-for-14 from the field for 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in a full line. With Dragic due back soon, Richardson is sure to take a back seat, but he may be able to carve out a rotational role that is good enough to remain an asset in standard leagues.

    Coming off of a career 3-27-2-3-2-3 night, Dion Waiters followed up his best outing with a respectable one. Waiters was cold as he shot 5-for-18 from the field for 11 points with one board, two assists, three steals, one blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. His defensive stats and plethora of minutes make him worth a hold.

    HORNETS 115, WOLVES 108

    The Hornets improved to an impressive 7-3 record with a close win over the Wolves. Kemba Walker kept his top-15 value rolling with the line of the night, shooting 12-for-19 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for 30 points with five boards, six assists, five steals and two 3-pointers. He has been an excellent early round investment for owners in the first month of basketball. Keep it up Kemba.

    Nic Batum played 36 minutes, scoring 16 points with five boards, seven assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers in the win. Tuesday marks Batum’s third straight game with a block. The defensive stats are rolling in and his value is rising to where he was drafted to be.

    Underrated Cody Zeller remained efficient, shooting 6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes. He is worth a look in standard leagues if you need a big man.

    Frank Kaminsky broke out for 20 points with four boards, five assists, one steal and one block with three 3-pointers in 27 minutes. He’s had similar outbursts, but his inconsistency is not worth adding just yet. Keep him on the watch list for now.

    The Wolves employed a top-heavy rotation on Tuesday, playing all starters over 32 minutes each. Andrew Wiggins maintained his breakout quest to the tune of 29 points with two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes. He is posting mid-round value and is visibly better than he was last season.

    Ricky Rubio was solid in the loss, scoring 11 points with eight boards, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. There is no doubt he has full control over the point guard duties when healthy. Zach LaVine (knee) got hot for five 3-pointers, scoring 19 points with two boards and two assists. He looked fine after sitting a game for his knee injury. He is one of the best values in fantasy so far this season.

    It remained a cold start for Karl-Anthony Towns, as he shot 9-for-23 from the field for 21 points with eight boards, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Tuesday. He shot 10 3-pointers, which would explain his inefficiency. He is still an absolute beast but owners have to feel a bit underwhelmed with his top-25 numbers since they paid such a high price for him. Keep the faith.

Fantasy News

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet has inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls for two years worth $4.5 million according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Kornet is another stretch big that will fit into the Bulls' system similar to how Lauri Markkanen does. He is a 36-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career and shoots at will, so he should be a nice role player for an improved Bulls team.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Josh Magette
    G, Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic have signed Josh Magette to a two-way contract according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

    Magette was last seen in the NBA two seasons ago with the Atlanta Hawks. After a strong showing in Summer League, Magette will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot as an additional PG. He doesn't figure to hold any fantasy value if he is to make the squad.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially signed Frank Kaminsky to a two-year, $10 million deal.

    Kaminsky officially joins the young roster that GM James Jones and the Suns are building. He will have some competition backing up Dario Saric as the team is also planning to sign Cheick Diallo. Kaminsky will have some stand-alone value as a deep threat but he doesn't provide much value beyond shooting.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Stanton Kidd
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed Stanton Kidd and William Howard.

    Kidd and Howard both participated in Summer League for the Jazz organization and impressed the team enough to be signed to fill out their roster. There is no guarantee that either will make the roster as it is unclear if their contracts are guaranteed. Kidd, 27, most recently played in Turkey while Howard, 25, most recently played in France.

    Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns have signed Cheick Diallo to a two-year contract.

    Diallo has shown flashes in the NBA through his first three seasons with the Pelicans, Unfortunately, he has yet to see the opportunity needed to provide fantasy value as he has yet to surpass 14.0MPG in any season. The Suns could provide an avenue for Diallo to get more playing time off the bench similar to what we saw from Richaun Holmes last season. This is a terrific landing spot for the young big man.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there are many around the league that believe that Chris Paul will start the season with the Thunder.

    The Thunder have been very busy this offseason as they have been able to inhale draft picks in return for All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. It was rumored that they would attempt to shop Paul to see if they could acquire even more assets. The team will look to have Paul mentor this team (specifically second-year player Shai-Gilgeous Alexander) as the market for Paul is not robust due to the $124M he is owed over the next three seasons. From a fantasy perspective, Paul may eat into SGA's overall value but they both will provide value come draft time.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    According to Shams Charania, the Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off of waivers.

    Wood will join a Pistons team that is led by Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt. However, he will be able to compete for bench minutes with fellow bigs Markieff Morris and Thon Maker. The Pistons also drafted Sekou Doumbouya who is unlikely to contribute this season as he is only 18 years old.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Newly signed wing Reggie Bullock (back) underwent successful surgery for a cervical disc herniation on Wednesday.

    Bullock signed a two-year contract with the Knicks a day before undergoing a special surgery in New York. The Knicks will update the media regarding Bullock's timetable around the start of training camp. With the rotation unknown and the lack of knowledge regarding his timetable, Bullock is best left undrafted in standard leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Tyler Lydon
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Tyler Lydon has officially signed with the Kings.

    Lydon was a 2017 first-round pick of the Nuggets but failed to show value in his time in Denver. The Kings will take a chance on Lydon who has only played 96 minutes in his first two seasons. For now, he can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • Julian Washburn
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have waived Julian Washburn.

    Washburn was acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade. Last season he appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies, making three starts, while averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 14.1 minutes per night. Expect him to land in some team's training camp.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter