• The Milwaukee Bucks have locked in a part of their frontcourt rotation for the foreseeable future.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Charles F. Gardner is reporting that the Bucks have agreed with Miles Plumlee on a four year, $50 million contract. Marc Stein has since reported that the deal is actually worth $52 million.

    Plumlee was traded to the Bucks as part of the three team trade that shipped out Brandon Wright and brought Michael Carter-Williams to Wisconsin back in February of 2015. He only appeared in 19 games in his half-campaign with Milwaukee but emerged as a more regular part of the rotation this past season.

    The 27 year old played in 61 games for the Bucks, making 14 starts. He shot a career-best 60.1% from the floor on his way to per-game averages of 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Plumlee averaged just 14.3 minutes per night, but perhaps will see an expanded role given his new contract and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s full-time transition to the backcourt.

    At first glance this deal is a little bit of a head scratcher as the team dedicates heavy term and lots of dollars (cap explosion aside) to a fairly nondescript player. Alongside Greg Monroe and John Henson, the Bucks have now committed a hefty sum of money to their big men. While Milwaukee surely did their due diligence, one quick sign of hope is Plumlee’s positive Net Rating, meaning the Bucks outscore their opponents whenever the Duke product is on the floor. While last season produced a career-worst Defensive Rating of 107, Plumlee turned in a wonderful 115 Offensive Rating.

    If there really is something about Plumlee that helps the Bucks score at that clip then this move could be a steal. With the Greek Freak at point guard and presumably a tweaked offense in place it remains to be seen if Plumlee can keep up that pace, but Milwaukee will certainly have some interesting wrinkles this year. Ultimately, Plumlee had a fine end to last season and could still have some untapped potential. While the sticker shock is very real, it’s not all that bad in the context of this summer.

Fantasy News

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers (sprained right thumb) is being downgraded to doubtful for Monday's matchup with the Thunder.

    This would indicate that Rivers will miss this one. Ben McLemore is likely to see a few extra minutes if RIvers gets ruled out.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Markieff Morris (jammed right big toe) is considered questionable to return for Monday's game against the Wizards after exiting in the second quarter.

    Morris isn't out of the woods just yet, but this is a positive development as it isn't related to the left foot sprain that kept him out of the lineup for seven games before returning on Saturday. Keep tabs on the situation as more information rolls in. Christian Wood would be the biggest beneficiary if Morris were to miss time.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler is being ruled out ahead of Monday's matchup with the Kings due to right hip soreness.

    With Butler out, there will be a ton of usage and minutes to go around in the Heat rotation. One of Goran Dragic or Derrick Jones Jr. should enter the starting lineup, while the minutes will be dispersed amongst a handful of players.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Maurice Harkless
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Maurice Harkless (sore lower back) practiced on Monday and is expected to return to the court for Tuesday's game against the Mavs.

    Harkless will make for a potential streaming option on a one-game slate if he is ultimately cleared to play. Paul George (hamstring) is also traveling with the team, and the team is hopeful that he can return during the upcoming road trip.

    Source: Jovan Bruha on Twitter

  • Ky Bowman
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Ky Bowman is being listed as out for Monday's game against the Blazers.

    Bowman's two-way contract is almost up, and with the Warriors getting a few players back, they aren't going to use up his last remaining days. He may ultimately get signed for the rest of the season as Damion Lee did, but he isn't to be under fantasy consideration until that happens.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Reggie Jackson
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey said on Monday that Reggie Jackson (lower back stress fracture) has been cleared to return to action and could return to the lineup sometime this week.

    Jackson has appeared in just two games this season as he dealt with the back injury, but could seemingly return as early as Wednesday's game against the Kings. Jackson will likely be eased back into the lineup and has been a fringe standard league guy the past few seasons, so expectations should be tempered, but he is someone to keep an eye on with what could become a fantasy-friendly situation.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Markieff Morris (undisclosed) left and headed to the locker room during the second quarter of Monday's game against the Wizards.

    It is unclear what is ailing Morris at this time, but he did return from a seven-game absence over the weekend while nursing a foot injury. If this turns out to be something that will keep Morris out of the lineup, Christain Wood, Thon Maker and Sekou Doumbouya will benefit from extra minutes. Wood has the highest upside of the group when he sees the run.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Joe Harris
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Joe Harris (lower back soreness) and Garrett Temple (knee) are both listed as starters for Monday's matchup with the Sixers.

    The Nets will be without Kyrie Irving (hamstring) for this one, so there will be a ton of usage to go around behind Spencer Dinwiddie. Play both as you normally would.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (fractured right ring finger) is being listed as questionable to play in Monday's primetime matchup with the Celtics.

    Rondo hit a game-winning shot against the Celtics the last time the Lakers traveled to Boston, and he would seemingly love to get out there for this against his former team. Keep an eye on his status as the day progresses.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Danilo Gallinari
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Danilo Gallinari (rest) is being listed as available to play in Monday's game against the Rockets after missing Saturday's game against the Blazers.

    Gallinari has been a top-50/65 per-game player in 9/8 cat leagues on the year and should pick up right where he left off. Gallinari is one of the names floating around the NBA for potential trades, so keep an eye peeled if any of the rumors start to gain traction.

    Source: NBA Injury Report