• The Atlanta Hawks’ preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 10th will be their first ever Unity Game and feature celebrations of diversity and multicultural groups. KL Chouinard has the full details.

    Leading up to the game, the Hawks will send representatives to the Atlanta Pride Festival as well as take part in an all-staff service day with six different community service projects around Atlanta.

    As for the game itself, the team plans to honor and showcase diverse multicultural groups and individuals who are committed to improving relations between different groups.

    The event was created in response to some of the issues that have plagued the country recently and it’s great to see that the Hawks are being proactive about sending positive messages out there through the game of basketball.

    The NBA as a whole deserves praise for both responding to social injustices and allowing their players to speak freely on these issues. We’ve seen other leagues where acts of protest or candid behavior get punished one way or another. It’s important for the league to establish inclusivity and tolerance as core values. Moving the All Star game to New Orleans as a response to North Carolina’s ridiculous HB2 bill was a strong first step and hopefully events like the Unity Game become more commonplace in time.

    In an internal forum that led to the creation of the Unity Game, staff settled on the “consistent themes of community service, inclusion and using basketball as a change agent/unifier.” Can’t say it better than that. Good work by the Hawks.

Fantasy News

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    The Magic announced that Markelle Fultz (illness) will not play on Wednesday and DJ Augustin will start in his place.

    Fultz has had his most relevant fantasy season thus far, maintaining per-game value inside the top-150. DJ Augustin should see additional opportunity on Wednesday while Michael Carter-Williams will likely be the backup point guard.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Rodney Hood
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Rodney Hood had surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn left Achilles that he suffered during Friday's game and remains without a timetable.

    A torn Achilles is one of the worst injuries that someone can suffer in basketball. Hood can safely be ruled out for the rest of the season. Kent Bazemore and Anfernee Simons will have more opportunity going forward.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Romeo Langford (right ankle sprain) is officially available for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Langford has been injured for most of the season so far, having played more games with the G league team than with the Celtics. He could see some real opportunity in Wednesday's game with the news that Marcus Smart (eye infection) has been ruled out. Langford makes for an interesting low-cost DFS play. However, there is no guarantee that he will play.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart has been ruled out with an eye infection ahead of Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    With Smart ruled out, there will be more opportunity for Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Brad Wanamaker. Romeo Langford could also some opportunity on Wednesday in what has been an injury-riddled first year.

    Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter

  • Devontae Cacok
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, the Lakers have signed Devontae Cacok to a contract.

    Cacok was with the team for the preseason but ultimately didn't make the final roster. It is highly likely that he is on a two-way contract with the news that the Lakers waived two-way player Zach Norvell to make room for Cacok. Cacok is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Zach Norvell
    PG, Free Agent

    The Lakers have waived two-way player Zach Norvell on Wednesday.

    Norvell was on a two-way contract and only played in 5 minutes of action across two games. He is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Alen Smailagic
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have recalled Alen Smailagić from their G League affiliate ahead of Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks and there is a chance that he makes his NBA debut in this contest.

    The Warriors are high on their 19-year-old rookie out of Serbia who played for their G league roster last season before being drafted in the second round of the 2019 draft. He won't make an impact this season but could be a name to watch as he works on his craft.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Wenyen Gabriel
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings have recalled Wenyen Gabriel from Stockton of the G League.

    Gabriel last played in the NBA on November 22, scoring five points and blocking a shot in eight minutes. He's mostly depth at this point.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) continues to be considered questionable for Wednesday's game.

    VanVleet got injured on Sunday and was unable to play on Monday. Norman Powell scored 17 points in his absence and would presumably start again if needed.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Eric Paschall
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Eric Paschall (sore left hip) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game.

    Paschall told reporters that he believes he can play. If not, Omari Spellman is in line for more minutes.

    Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter