• According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Darren Collison will be suspended for the first eight games of the season:

    Overall, this is relatively good news for Sacramento.  It was widely expected that the NBA would suspend Collison, but many of the estimates that had been thrown out to this point were far worse than eight games.  The suspension will give the Kings an extra roster spot, but as Bobby Marks of The Vertical points out, that will only be provided for the final few games of his suspension:

    For that reason, the roster spot likely won’t provide much help for the team. At this point, expect a battle between Jordan Farmar and Ty Lawson to be decided before the season begins.   Because the suspension is relatively short, the team likely won’t feel pressure to make a trade either.

    Collison will still be able to participate in preseason games, so he will still get some playing time in before he’s eligible to play again against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 8.  It looks like Ty Lawson and Garrett Temple will take over the point guard position in his absence, assuming that Lawson beats out Farmar during the preseason, and these eight games should give the team a good opportunity to see if he can get back to the player that he was in Denver.

Fantasy News

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Speaking to the media on Monday, James Jones left the door open for Kelly Oubre (right knee) to play during the Orlando restart.

    Oubre has previously been reported as done for the year, which makes sense given the Suns' slim playoff odds despite their inclusion in the Orlando bubble. It would still be surprising if he suited up, but considering his right knee surgery came with a four-week reevaluation date as of March 3, he's had plenty of time to rest up. Perhaps the Suns want to get their core players more reps together. Anyone playing fantasy games from here on out will want to keep a close eye on Oubre's status.

    Source: Duane Rankin

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    De'Andre Hunter finished his rookie season with top-220 value in 8/9-cat formats.

    Hunter started 62 of his 63 games played and averaged 32 minutes in those appearances, giving him an ample opportunity to prove what kind of player he can be in the league. The rookie posted an uninspiring 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Touted as a quality defender coming out of college, Hunter only averaged 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. On a team with multiple other ball dominant players Hunter is probably suited best in a three-and-D role on the wing. If the defensive numbers can slightly increase we could see Hunter play closer to a top-120 value player next season.

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Clint Capela kept top-40 value admist injuries, mid-season trade.

    Although he is yet to make his debut for the Hawks, Capela posted 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game, in 39 games with the Rockets. Foot injuries kept him out the final months of the season and left the door open for speculation on how he will fit in with his new club. Capela's high block (1.8/game) and field goal percentage (63%) numbers make up for his lack of threes and brutal free-throw percentage (53%). In Houston, Capela was the only big on the floor for the majority of his minutes, but now slides in next to forward John Collins, one of the better big men in the league. It will be interesting to see how his lack of an outside game can mesh with this roster, but he has proven over the last few seasons you can expect consistent double-double type numbers out of him, no matter what situation he is in.

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter finished the season just outside the top-100 in both 8/9-cat formats.

    Huerter was able to carve out a starting role for the Hawks with his consistent numbers throughout the season. The second-year player dropped 12.2 points, with 2.3 triples in 31.4 minutes per game. The remainder of the stat sheet is filled out with mediocre to below-average numbers including 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and only 1.6 turnovers a game. Huerter had a two week run late in the season where he posted top-50 numbers and has the ability to play at that level more frequently if he can slightly increase and stay consistent with his numbers. Moving forward he is most likely just a points and threes threat.

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young finishes the season as a top-20 fantasy player.

    Going into the season with top-20 ADP, Young proved owners right putting up top-10 8-cat and top-20 9-cat rankings on a per game basis. Finishing the year top-five in scoring with 29.6 points per game, Young proved there isn't a shot he won't take making himself one of the most exciting young players in the league. The dramatic scoring increase from his rookie season comes along with knocking down 3.4 threes per game on 44% shooting from the field. Not just a scoring threat, Young is second in the league in assists with 9.3 per game. While these numbers carry his stat lines on a nightly basis there is much more to be desired from the point guard. He also leads the league in turnovers with 4.6 a night and has below average rebounding and defensive stats. The high turnover numbers are to be expected being the primary play maker on an inexperienced, bad team. As the scoring and assist numbers figure to stay consistent Young can crack the top-10 in both formats if he can improve on his assist and steal numbers next season.

  • John Collins
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins finishes a shortened third season as a top-tier fantasy option.

    Despite missing 25 games due to suspension for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program, Collins saw an increase in his numbers from last season across the board, landing him as a top-11 player in both 8 and 9-cat formats. The team's leading rebounder at 10.1 per game, also added 21.6 points a night on 58% shooting, including 40% from deep, making him the only player in the league to post that combination of numbers. The mid-season addition of Clint Capela will allow Collins to step outside more often and make plays along the perimeter and in the mid-post area next season. Low assist and steal numbers hold him back from being the top PF option in the league but more time alongside Capela and the rest of the young Hawks core could add to his ability to create. Yet to complete a full season in his NBA career, the big man has top-20 value when on the court and should come off the board early in next year's drafts.

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Sam Amick is reporting that the Kings have shut down their practice facility after a member of the team's traveling party tested positive for COVID-19.

    The Kings are set to depart for Orlando on Wednesday and the facility will be shut until after they leave town. Buddy Hield and Alex Len have already tested positive for COVID-19, though the report doesn't specify if it's another member of the roster to come down with the virus. Sacramento joins the Nuggets, Nets, Bucks, Heat and Clippers as teams who have had to close their practice facilities in this phase of reopening. The NBA is set to send 22 of its teams to Florida in the coming weeks.

    Source: Sam Amick on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have shut down their practice facility after receiving results from the latest round of COVID-19 tests, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    That batch of tests was conducted on Friday. Woj adds that the facility will likely be shut through Thursday, when the team's traveling party is supposed to head to Orlando. No word on who or how many of the team's staff tested positive, but as always, the pandemic is in charge of the NBA's attempted restart, no matter how much effort the league puts into its plans.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley, like several others, is expected to leave the NBA's Orlando bubble when his wife gives birth to a child.

    Conley's third child is due in late August, so any departure will likely affect the Jazz's playoff roster to some extent. Utah will already be missing Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist surgery), though they still figure to be one of the best teams in the West's second tier of contenders. It was a frustrating first season with the Jazz for Conley and fantasy GMs, but he can flip the narrative with a strong postseason.

    Source: Salt Lake Tribune

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania, the NBA has informed players that they will not be able to travel with their respective teams to Orlando, should they fail to be tested on one of two days before the scheduled travel date.

    The report also says that if the player does indeed miss the said window to be tested, he will need to register three consecutive tests before traveling. This is a strict protocol, but one the league needs to enforce in order to ensure the safety of all of the players and staff who will be entering the "bubble" in Walt Disney World in preparation for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. There has been a lot of concern, especially with the growing number of cases being recorded in Florida.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter