• Welcome to Wednesday’s Daily Dish!  Today a whopping 14 games were played which can create lineup decision headaches but also give us some clarity about fantasy rosters going forward.  Before you pop that turkey into the oven, let’s dive right into the action.

     

    Adds of the Night

    Kelly Olynyk, C, Miami Heat – 24 minutes, 19 points, six rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, 7-of-10 FG

    At 40% Yahoo ownership, Olynyk may not be available in your league.  If he is, the big man from Gonzaga is making a case to be added. In just 24 minutes, he put up 19 points and six rebounds even though Justise Winslow got back in uniform.  This performance came after his whopping 16 rebounds on Monday. Olynyk has at least one 3-pointer in 11 straight, as well.

    Garrett Temple, G, Brooklyn Nets – 31 minutes, 22 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, six 3-pointers, 8-of-14 FG

    Temple is owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues as of this writing, which makes him an excellent option for deep leaguers.  His 22 points didn’t totally come out of nowhere as he scored 18 last Friday, so it’s nice to see him develop some consistency over the last couple of weeks.  Kyrie Irving will cut into his value when he returns, but feel free to stream Temple if you need long distance shooting.

     

    Drop Zone

    Here are a couple of players who could be worth cutting if you find a promising free agent.

    Ivica Zubac

    Even with Kawhi Leonard on the shelf, Zubac only played for 16 minutes and he hasn’t cracked 20 minutes of court time since November 20 against Boston.  Scoring 10 points on Wednesday wasn’t bad in that amount of time, but the frontcourt is just too crowded for him to make a consistent impact under Doc Rivers.  Nevertheless, Zubac still has 36% ownership in Yahoo leagues.

     

    Mikal Bridges

    Bridges is still 40% owned in Yahoo, but he has really fallen out of favor with Suns head coach Monty Williams of late.  Against the Wizards he played 12 minutes, managing just a single rebound and one blocked shot. On Sunday, Bridges was only allowed onto the court for 16 minutes.  Over his two appearances coming into Wednesday, Bridges totaled a paltry eight points, six rebounds, and three assists. Only his ability to generate steals might give me pause before releasing him, but 40% Yahoo ownership seems high at this stage.

    Injury Report

    Justise Winslow returned from concussion issues to play 34 minutes against the Rockets.

    Khris Middleton played 20 minutes in his return from a quad injury.

    Trae Young played 35 minutes despite dealing with a right ankle issue.

    Kevin Knox was listed as probable with a contused left quad and only got into the game for 12 minutes.

    Frank Ntilikina was considered questionable on Tuesday due to groin and quad ailments but managed 22 minutes of play.

    RJ Barrett overcame an illness to play 31 minutes in Toronto.

    Draymond Green was able to play despite his heel injury.

    Daniel Theis had been ill but got the start and played 27 minutes.

    Kemba Walker’s neck injury didn’t stop him from scoring 39 points in 31 minutes.

    Rodney McGruder played 23 minutes before leaving for the night with a leg injury.

    Tony Snell finally got back into action for 20 minutes after nursing a left hip flexor strain.

    Kevin Love had been dealing with a back contusion but played 24 minutes.

    Cameron Johnson’s right knee soreness didn’t prohibit him from scoring 17 points in 32 minutes.

    Anthony Davis hurt his right elbow against the Pelicans but stayed in the game and helped clinch the win with a key steal.

    Josh Hart was coping with left knee and left ankle injuries but played 25 minutes.

    Kyle Anderson missed facing the Clippers with a sore right heel.

    Jimmy Butler’s illness stopped him from playing against the Rockets.

    Josh Okogie had a sore right knee and still played 25 minutes.

    Ja Morant’s sore back made him a game-time call, but he got in 34 minutes of action.

    George Hill was listed as doubtful with a sore back and was held out.

    Rudy Gobert had a double-double after returning from a left ankle sprain.

    Luke Kornet returned for 10 minutes after an eight-game absence with sinus issues.

    C.J. Miles will be sidelined for the rest of the Wizards’ road trip with a left wrist ligament injury.

    Clint Capela’s illness prevented him from matching up with the Heat.

    Malik Monk’s sprained left pinky finger didn’t stop him from 17 minutes of play.

    Cody Zeller was probable with a left hip contusion but still missed the game.

    DeAndre Jordan missed another game with left ankle soreness.

    Cam Reddish played through a left wrist sprain for 22 minutes.

    DeAndre’ Bembry was considered probable with a right hip contusion and played 22 minutes.

    Derrick Favors had missed time with a left ankle sprain, but on Wednesday he did not play for personal reasons.

    Ricky Rubio was suffering from back spasms but played 25 minutes.

    Lonzo Ball wasn’t able to face his former team in the Lakers due to illness.

    Kawhi Leonard was rested to manage his left knee soreness.

    A Real Herro

    This season, the limelight is squarely focused on the first few rookies selected in the draft.  Sure, Ja Morant is a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate and RJ Barrett is getting all the minutes he can handle at Madison Square Garden.  It’s easy to neglect Tyler Herro, the 13th overall pick out of Kentucky.  Herro led the Heat in scoring on Wednesday, and while Miami fell to the Rockets he added another solid game to his resume.  Perhaps the top highlight occurred when he got fouled by Gary Clark and threw up a desperation attempt that somehow turned into a 3-point opportunity. He came in averaging three triples per night over his last four games and matched that during the game in Houston.  Herro added 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.  Herro did commit five turnovers, but that’s significantly more than his average.  He is really growing into a nice role, especially considering that he was drafted 139th on average in Yahoo leagues.

     

    Pascal’s Triangle

    The Knicks are far from the league’s top defense, but Pascal Siakam stayed scorching hot thanks in part to five made 3-pointers.  He has scored 25 or more points in three straight, including 34 on Saturday against the Hawks and 31 tonight. He only needed 30 minutes in his latest performance thanks to a 126-98 final score in contrast to the 40 minutes for which he was deployed in each of the prior two contests.  Siakam has shot 54.2 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the foul line over the last trio of games, not to mention 11 total made threes. Last season’s Most Improved Player has managed to play much better yet again this season. Tonight snapped an eight-game streak with at least one block, and his steals streak has reached seven.  Add season averages of 8.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists and you have a pretty complete equation.

     

Fantasy News

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pelicans, Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards will be the six non-playoff teams resuming action when the NBA restarts.

    This makes complete sense, as they're the only non-playoff teams that can sniff the postseason. Woj backs up an earlier Shams Charania report about a potential play-in tournament for the final playoff spot in each Conference as well. If the ninth seed trails the eighth seed by more than four games when the league's truncated regular season wraps up, the eighth seed makes the playoffs. If the deficit is under four games, however, the two teams will compete in a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for the ninth.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA will have an eight-game regular season for the purposes of playoff seeding upon its return while Shams Charania reports that there will be a play-in tournament for the eighth seed.

    This applies to the NBA coming back with 22 teams, as the league's bottom eight are well out of playoff contention and bringing them to Orlando would only negatively affect the league's pursuit for player safety. As for the play-in tournament, Charania describes it as such: "If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth." Expect another announcement about the league's format in the coming days.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Corey Brewer
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Corey Brewer, a veteran of eight different NBA teams, is still hoping to sign another contract before he calls it a career.

    Brewer, 34, seems to think he has enough in the tank for one final stint in the NBA. “We had some talks with a few teams, but nothing really happened. My agent is still working on it, so we’ll see,” Brewer said. “I feel like I can still help a team and I feel like I have a few good years left. But you never know, man." Brewer has not suited up for an NBA team this season and, with a waning jump shot and increased age, his chances of securing another pact in the NBA are pretty unlikely.

    Source: HoopsHype

  • DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kings broadcaster Grant Napear stepped down from his position with the Kings on Tuesday after he said 'All Lives Matter..Every Single One!' when asked about his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement during a Twitter interaction with former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

    This is the first domino to fall in American professional sports in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement, even if it's a relatively insignificant one. Napear said of himself and the interaction, "I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was. I had no idea that when I said 'All Lives Matter' that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across," he said. "I’m in pain. I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot to learn." The Kings will evidently have to find a new play-by-play man for their radio broadcasts to accompany Doug Christie when games resume.

    Source: TMZ

  • John Wall
    PG, Washington Wizards

    John Wall, who has long been rumored to have absolutely zero chance of returning to the court even if the current season is resumed, said in a conference call last week that he feels "110 percent."

    Wall and the Wizards both maintain that he will not return to action this season, regardless of the outcome of the vote on Thursday by the NBA Board of Governors. This is good news, obviously, for the team as they set their sights on next season. As of late, trade rumors have been swirling around the franchise's two top assets: Wall and All Star guard Bradley Beal. Moving forward, there is a high possibility that the Wizards will decide between the two, as Beal's contract will expire after next season. Which player will the Wizards keep? Who will they trade, or will they trade them both? They are hoping to have some time to evaluate how the pair plays in tandem early next season, as Wall has missed significant time with a torn left Achilles he suffered during the 2018-19 season. But it may be too late to negotiate an extension with Beal at that point, so they will have to play their cards with extreme care.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Wes Unseld, a Hall of Famer and Washington Bullets legend, passed away on Tuesday due to complications with pneumonia and other illnesses. He was 74 years old.

    An outstanding rebounder, Unseld is also one of only two players to ever be awarded Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season in 1968-69. He guided the Bullets to the NBA Finals four times, winning once in 1978, a series where Unseld took home MVP honors. Hornets' GM and former teammate Mitch Kupchak said of Unseld, “As a teammate, he was tough, dependable and competitive to no end.” Unseld was a fearless competitor and highly respected across the league during his 13 seasons with the Bullets franchise. Former Knicks center and fellow Hall of Famer Willis Reed recently recalled their battles against one another, "He was most consciously a rebounder — he could shoot, but he didn’t emphasize that part of his game — and felt that if he did his job right, by getting the defensive rebound and making the quick outlet pass, they would score quickly.” Unseld was undoubtedly a pioneer for the game of basketball and means a great deal to the city of Washington D.C.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    ESPN's Adrian Wojanrowski is reporting that Adam Silver and the NBA Board of Governors, who are planning to vote Thursday on how to continue the season, would like the NBA Finals to conclude no later than October 12.

    With July 31 being the widely-reported restart date and the league tentatively planning to start 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 season by Christmas Day of this year, it would make sense to crown a league champion as early as possible. The meeting with the NBA Board of Governors on Thursday will (finally) bring some clarity to the rest of the NBA season, as they will hold a vote to decide how to proceed. NBA fans have been waiting since the middle of March for some resolutions. This week will provide them.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors opened their practice facility on Monday, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

    Slater adds that five players showed up for voluntary workouts. It's the first time that Golden State's gym has been open in over two months, and there are only three teams who have yet to get players back into team facilities. While it must be nice for the players to get back to some kind of business, the Warriors are not expected to be playing any more games this season given their league-worst record and the likelihood that the NBA trims the fat rather than ask every team to play out the season.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Kz Okpala
    F, Miami Heat

    Kz Okpala's offensive game has come a long way since January according to Heat Vice President and Assistant GM, Adam Simon.

    Okpala is already viewed as an NBA-ready defender, and once his offensive game is up to speed the Heat will have a hard time not getting him into the rotation. He spent 20 games in the G League and five with the Heat before the suspension slowed down his progression in 2020. Okpala got off to a slow start due to injuries, and a trade on draft day took away his chance to play in summer league. While this season is unlikely to amount to anything, Okpala is someone to watch in deeper leagues next year.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Gabe Vincent
    PG, Miami Heat

    Heat Vice President and Assistant GM, Adam Simon, stated that Gabe Vincent's knee is "good to go".

    It sounds like Vincent would have no problem being NBA ready if the Heat decided to call up the two-way guard when play hopefully resumes July 31. Vincent is a strong 3-point shooter with the ability to attack a closeout, but it is still unlikely the Heat will need to put him on the floor for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

    Source: Miami Herald