• Pickups of the Night: Thursday, December 6 ($)

    There were only three games on Thursday, all blowouts despite Rudy Gobert getting tossed after three minutes. He picked up his second personal foul on a James Harden flop (what else), blew his cool while heading to the bench and was promptly ejected. The Rockets still had nothing for the Jazz as their disappointing season continues.

    Pickups

    Nene, HOU (0% owned) and Michael Carter Williams (0%) had 11 points and 13 points respectively and you can ignore this blowout special.

    Dante Exum, UTA (1% owned) scored 14 points (no 3s) on 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line and added five dimes, two steals and three turnovers in 22 minutes and this was another blowout special as Exum hadn’t scored in double-figures in 10 games and hasn’t cracked the top-300 in 9-cat this season.

    Richaun Holmes, PHO (23%) was already snatched up in many competitive leagues and had owners feeling very happy with the news that he’d start tonight. Unfortunately, Deandre Ayton subbed in after three minutes, so Holmes only ended up with nine points and four rebounds in a typical 21 minutes. Holmes has been a standard league play over the last two weeks in about 20 minutes a game, but it’ll take more run for him to really break out.

    Josh Jackson, PHO (37%) scored 14 points (no 3s) and added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals but as usual, his efficiency was bad: 6-for-14 from the floor, 2-of-3 from the line and four turnovers. It’s that awful efficiency that keeps his value outside the top-300 on the season, but he has moved into top-280/175 in 9/8-cat over the last week with increased counting stats.

    Elie Okobo, PHO (8%) had a decent game with 11 points (one 3), five boards, a steal and a block in 28 minutes but did little to separate himself from De’Anthony Melton (10%) who had seven points (no 3s), five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes. They’ll probably continue to go through their rookie growing pains and are fringe guys in standard leagues who are better suited for deeper formats value-wise. We’ll have to see if either can get some distance over the other.

    Troy Daniels, PHO (1%) scored 15 points with two 3s and he’s been averaging 11.3 points and 2.8 threes over the last week, mostly with no Devin Booker (hamstring). He’s a deep-league streaming option until Booker gets back.

    Jake Layman, POR (0%) was benched for Mo Harkless and poured in a career-high 24 points with three treys, seven boards and two steals in 26 minutes. He hasn’t had more than 11 points this season, so it looks like a case of him getting hot after a benching vs. a putrid Suns squad. He can be left on the wire.

    Zach Collins, POR (12%) also played 26 minutes off the bench including extra run in garbage time and scored 10 points (no 3s) to go with five boards, a steal and a block. He’s been hovering around the top-200 in 9-cat lately so is really more useful for roto leagues that are at least 16 or maybe even 18-deep.

    Terry Rozier, BOS (44%) had 11 points (three 3s), seven boards, four assists, two steal and a block in 24 minutes. The minutes were a little higher than usual as the game was a blowout and the Knicks are horrible defensively which allowed Rozier to take advantage. It’s surprising his ownership is so high as he’s largely a high-upside hand-cuff in case of a Kyrie Irving injury. With barely top-200 9-cat value on the season, there are better options for even 14-deep.

    Jaylen Brown, BOS (50%) returned from a tailbone injury and scored 21 points (no 3s) to go with three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes off the bench. He had previously been starting but has 9-cat value outside the top-250 on the season due to severe flaws in his fantasy game. He probably shouldn’t be used in a standard 9-cat leagues.

    Noah Vonleh, NYK (47%) has less ownership than Brown but  is not available in competitive 12-team leagues. He got 12 points, one trey, 10 boards and two steals in 34 minutes and has top-100 9-cat value on the season. He’s been even better over the last two week and should be owned as long as he’s starting.

    Emmanuel Mudiay, NYK (28%) started and had 17 points, two triples and six assists and again, Frank Ntilikina didn’t play one second. Trey Burke (knee) is still out which makes Mudiay a decent stream for points and assists as long as he’s the only point guard playing. Everything with the Knicks is dependent on the whim of coach Fizdale so we’re not expecting him to have consistent season-long value.

    Kevin Knox, NYK (28%) managed 11 points, two 3s and four rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench and his lack of efficiency and defensive stats leaves him off the radar for 12-14 team leagues.

    Mitchell Robinson, NYK (19%) had two more blocks to go with eight rebounds (his second highest total on the season) and seven points in 20 minutes. Most importantly he didn’t foul out which is the biggest impediment to his value. He’s a high-quality stash or blocks specialist in 14-team leagues. His top-150 value on the season means he usable in deeper roto formats.

     

Fantasy News

  • Markelle Fultz - PG - Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will not play at Summer League, according to GM John Hammond.

    Fultz has reportedly been making good progress and the Magic are excited about what he's been able to do since coming over at the trade deadline, but this is not great news. Hopefully Fultz will be ready to contribute in the preseason so we can get a look at how he'll fit in Orlando. The upside is immense but it would take a strong showing to confidently draft Fultz in redraft formats as his shoulder issues have completely derailed the first few years of his career.

    Source: 96.9 The Game on Twitter

  • Haywood Highsmith - PF - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers have waived Haywood Highsmith.

    Highsmith joined the Sixers on a two-way deal last season but only appeared in five games. Expect them to use that spot on a more established G-League player or a rookie with some upside.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Nando De Colo - G - Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have extended a qualifying offer to Nando De Colo, making him a restricted free agent.

    De Colo has spent the last five seasons out of the NBA but has been fantastic for CSKA Moscow, earning a reputation as one of the strongest players currently not in the Association. The Raptors have been doing the proper paperwork since he left and will now have the right to match any other offers that come his way as he prepares for a comeback. It’s entirely possible that they keep him around as a third point guard if the price is right.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter

  • Bol Bol - C - Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets will send Miami $1.2 million and a second-round pick in 2022, either their own or Philadelphia's, to complete the Bol Bol trade.

    The Nuggets will be sending whichever pick is lower, and the Sixers pick will be whichever is higher between Philly's and Minnesota's thanks to a separate pick swap. Bol says his left foot is fully healed, but there's too many obstacles in terms of playing time to count on the intriguing center for redraft leagues.

    Source: Eric Pincus on Twitter

  • Jimmer Fredette - PG - Phoenix Suns

    The Suns will decline Jimmer Fredette's team option, allowing the guard to play for the Warriors in Summer League.

    Fredette was a non-factor for the Suns in limited action last season, but he'll try to find a foothold in the league with a strong showing in Vegas. If worse comes to worse, Jimmer can always go back to dropping huge lines in China.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Evan Turner - SG - Atlanta Hawks

    Evan Turner will be traded to the Hawks in exchange for Kent Bazemore.

    Turner will give the Hawks some added playmaking in the second unit, though he is unlikely to play a big-minute role with all of the youth that Atlanta wants to develop. He's set to make $18.6 million in the final year of his deal, while Bazemore was slated for $19.3 million, so the Hawks will open up a little more room to spend in the upcoming year — at least in terms of real dollars. This opens up minutes for players like Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish while giving the Hawks someone who can capably give them backup PG minutes.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kent Bazemore - SG - Trail Blazers

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Hawks and Blazers have agreed to a deal that will send Kent Bazemore to Portland and Evan Turner to Atlanta.

    Bazemore has been on the block for a while now, and he'll play a big role in Portland's wing rotation. It's entirely possible that he starts at small forward, though we're a long way from the start of the season. Bazemore brings a level of length and shooting that Turner could not and will give Portland some additional versatility. We'll wait for all the dust to settle before going too in depth, but late-round value should be attainable for Bazemore. He also gives the Blazers more depth in case they can't re-sign Rodney Hood.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Wayne Selden - SG - Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls will not extend a qualifying offer to Wayne Selden, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    Selden got a lot of playing time towards the end of the year given Chicago's injuries and shutdowns, and his showing there might get him some interest on the open market. Teams could do a lot worse as far as cheap wing depth goes.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard - SF - Toronto Raptors

    According to Chris Sheridan of the Daily News, the Mavs expect that they'll get a meeting with Kawhi Leonard in free agency.

    To this point it's been the Raptors, Clippers, Lakers, Knicks and Nets as the main candidates in the Leonard race but Dallas would be a very interesting landing spot considering their wealth of young talent. The Mavs are never afraid to throw their hat in the ring when it comes to free agents, and while they're not likely to actually sign Leonard, who knows what happens if they do get a meeting? There are a lot of teams that are probably hoping to talk to Kawhi when free agency opens, and you can add the Mavs to that list of confirmed suitors.

    Source: Chris Sheridan on Twitter

  • Ryan Arcidiacono - PG - Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls will make Ryan Arcidiacono a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer.

    Arcidiacono is coming off a season where he finished around the top-200 in terms of fantasy value, though that largely occurred as a result of injuries to Chicago's other guards. With Coby White and Kris Dunn ahead of him on the depth chart, Arcidiacono has some serious impediments to minutes. A new home might be the best for his fantasy outlook, but the Bulls obviously value having him around as insurance.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter