November 22, 2016, 11:10 pm
Another month, another Anthony Davis injury scare. The Brow dove in to the stands early against the Hawks and banged his knee on a third row chair. He walked gingerly to the locker room and had X-rays taken immediately (the Pelicans seem to have this routine down pretty well now). Fantasy owners breathed a sigh of relief when not only did the X-rays come back negative, but Davis returned to the game in a blowout during the fourth quarter and finished the game. The fact that he returned in a blowout is music to owners’ ears. Rest easy tonight.
Tuesday was a light four-game slate, but not without injury scares and close calls. Several of the underdogs upset the favorites on a wacky Tuesday night. Big nights from Jimmy Butler and Russell Westbrook were overshadowed by tough losses. Let’s get in to the action.
PELICANS 112, HAWKS 94
The Pelicans rattled off a third straight win on Tuesday with a comfortable game against the Hawks. Coincidentally, they are 3-0 since the return of Jrue Holiday. Holiday came off the bench, shooting 7-for-15 from the field for 15 points with four boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes. The Pelicans look like a different team with his return.
Several owners were worried about how Tim Frazier would coincide with Jrue’s return. They can’t be worried anymore. Frazier was terrific on Tuesday, double-doubling with 21 points, 14 assists, five boards, three steals and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes as the starting point guard. Jrue will eventually take over, but Frazier is showing that he is here to stay for owners this season. Don’t cut bait. In fact, pat yourself on the back for holding tight on the prized point guard.
We discussed Anthony Davis’ (knee) injury scare above. He finished the game shooting 6-for-12 from the floor with 13 points, three boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 19 minutes. After the game, coach Alvin Gentry said he put Davis back in the game late in the blowout to test his knee for Wednesday’s availability in the back-to-back set against the Wolves. Consider him questionable, but it is a great sign that he was able to play late in a blowout.
Terrence Jones started the second half in Davis’ place and looked great in 28 minutes. Jones shot 7-for-13 from the field for 17 points with six boards, one assist, one steal and one block. After a rocky start to the season, Jones has been posting top-100 value over the past two weeks and is worth owning in standard leagues. With Anthony Davis always one bad fall away from a big injury, he is a great handcuff and has solid stand alone value.
With the Pelicans getting off to a 34-14 lead in the first quarter, the Hawks posted several disappointing lines with a lot of players resting down the stretch. Paul Millsap scored 10 points (4-for-9 FGs) with eight boards, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in just 23 minutes of play. After an elite top-15 finish last season, Millsap has posted a few duds this season and is only returning top-40 value so far. He is still an elite player, but nights like this are a bit frustrating. Do not sell low.
Dwight Howard only played 19 minutes in the blowout, scoring eight points with six boards, one steal and three blocks. He was also a victim of the scoreboard.
Dennis Schroder (14 points, seven assists, four rebounds) and Kyle Korver (14 points, four 3-pointers, four assists) played the most but couldn’t post standout lines. It was a bad night overall for the Hawks.
KNICKS 107, BLAZERS 103
In a battle of average teams, the Knicks pulled away late on a pair of Derrick Rose jumpers to pull their record to 7-7. Rose naturally left the game with an injury scare, ironically three-years to the day when he tore his meniscus as a member of the Chicago Bulls. He came back minutes later and finished the game to come up clutch in the win. Rose finished with 18 points (8-for-15 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs), four boards, five assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes. You can’t trust his injury history but nights such as this one make him worth owning. He has name value, so owners might want to consider selling him before it’s too late.
The big story out of this game was the dominance of Kristaps Porzingis. While some thought the arrival of Derrick Rose and health of Carmelo Anthony would hinder his progression, it is evident that Porzgod is a star in the making. He dropped 31 points (13-for-23 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) with nine boards, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes. It may be Carmelo’s team, but Porzingis is an alpha dog.
Melo took nearly the same amount of shots as Porzingis, shooting 7-for-22 from the field for 17 points with six boards, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. This was easily his worst line on the season. Not to worry, he will continue to post top-50 numbers.
With the loss, the Blazers also pull even at 8-8 on the season. Damian Lillard lacked efficiency, shooting 8-for-18 from the field for 22 points with five boards, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He was okay by Dame’s standards.
C.J. McCollum was just ‘okay’ as well, shooting 6-for-17 from the field for 16 points with five boards, five assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. The Blazers backcourt can’t be heroes every single night.
The Blazers got solid play out of their frontcourt, but it wasn’t enough for the win. How could you be Mo Harkless continued to surprise with 15 points, eight boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes. He is posting top-100 numbers so far this season and is getting ample opportunity. He is worth owning in standard leagues.
Ed Davis played a season-high 33 minutes and could be on waiver wire alert. He shot 7-for-9 from the field, scoring 14 points with 10 boards and two blocks. Before tonight, he hadn’t played more than 21 minutes. Keep a close eye on Davis, as he can provide solid defensive stats for a big man.
July 17, 2019, 10:12 pmLuke KornetPF-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
July 17, 2019, 8:38 pmJosh MagetteG, 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
July 17, 2019, 7:25 pmFrank KaminskyPF, 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
July 17, 2019, 6:05 pmStanton KiddPF, 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
July 17, 2019, 5:50 pmCheick DialloPF, 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
July 17, 2019, 5:28 pmChris PaulPG, 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
July 17, 2019, 5:12 pmChristian WoodPF, 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
July 17, 2019, 4:12 pmReggie BullockSG-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
July 17, 2019, 3:55 pmTyler LydonPF, 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
July 17, 2019, 3:25 pmJulian WashburnSF, 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