• Dwyane Wade has multiple free agent meetings set for Wednesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    While the entire affair continues to feel more like Wade’s attempt to leverage other team’s interest into a better offer from Miami, it does sound as if there is some real frustration on his part.  Marc Stein describes Wade’s torn allegiance as “dismay [that] is undeniably deep.”

    Denver is reportedly ready to offer a two-year deal worth upwards of $52 million in an effort to snatch Wade away from the Heat.  On the surface, this is an odd move for the Nuggets, as they already boast a promising young backcourt trio in Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray.  That said, simply getting a meeting with a star (even one well in decline) is already a positive development for a franchise that has struggled to gain the attention of players or fans since Carmelo Anthony’s departure in 2011.  If the Nuggets could somehow lure Wade to the Mile High City they can again sell both name recognition and playoff aspiration to their fans, and Marc Stein reports that it might not be a pipe dream after all.

    Wojnarowski also reports that, “the possibility of a guaranteed third-year on [Wade’s] contract has emerged as a priority,” and that the “closest” Wade has to a three-year deal is Chicago’s offer of a partial guarantee in Year 3.  The Bulls continue to flip flop between their desire to win now and build a sustainable core for the future (see Rondo, Rajon), but could sway Wade’s decision by offering a longer deal and selling him on the prospect of playing next to Jimmy Butler.

    While Miami has not yet secured a meeting for today, it seems like a lock that Wade will give them a chance to meet him halfway.  Last offseason it took a one-on-one meeting with ownership to convince Wade to remain in South Beach, and we might be headed for a similar situation today.

    Wade’s decision could come as early as tonight. Hold on tight, folks.

    Update #1: The Bulls have canceled their meeting with Wade, claiming that they will meet with him Thursday if the shooting guard is still interested.

    The Bulls were the only team rumored to give Wade even a partially guaranteed third-year on his next contract.  If the Bulls are content to wait on the sidelines Wade might have to settle for a two-year offer.  The Nuggets have reportedly offered $52 million over that time frame, while Miami initially lowballed Wade with a $40 million deal.

    Update #2:  Woj reports that Chicago is still involved in the Wade sweepstakes, and that the lack of meeting today won’t hamper their position.  If the Bulls can’t meet with Wade until tomorrow it looks like we’ll be waiting a little longer to hear his decision.

    Update #3:  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks salary situation is going to make it difficult for the team to sign Wade.

    Update #4: According to Heat beat writer Ira Winderman, the Heat may not be able to move Josh McRoberts to clear enough space to sign Wade unless a pick or an enticing peace such as Justice Winslow or Josh Richardson is involved to sweeten the deal. It sounds like the Heat are reneging on their original low-ball offer.

    Update #5: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Bulls have been calling teams to unload contracts, trying to create space to sign Dwyane Wade and that Wade is serious about signing with his hometown team. With the Bulls and Heat unloading space for Wade it doesn’t seem like the Nuggets aren’t as strong of a candidate as they were just a few short hours ago. Woj adds that the players that the Bulls are heavily shopping are Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy. We personally think they’ll be hard pressed to find any impulse buyers.

    Update #5: According to Woj, Wade is pushing for a resolution tonight. It looks like hometown discounts are obsolete in the NBA. It looks like a race to the finish between Miami, Chicago and Denver. It’s interesting to note that the Bulls and Wade still haven’t had their face-to-face meeting. Pat Riley is also reportedly growing impatient and is pushing for a decision sooner than later. 

    Update #6: According to Woj again, the Bulls are expected to sign Dwyane Wade if they can clear up enough cap spaces to make the move happen. Wow. It looks like Wade is leaning towards playing for his home team. Stay tuned for an official word. 

    Update #7: According to Woj, the Bulls are clearing up cap space by trading Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy to sign Dwyane Wade who has reportedly informed the Bulls of his decision to sign with them.

     

Fantasy News

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 38 points (16-of-24 from the field), nine rebounds and five assists in a 134-129 overtime loss to the Heat on Wednesday.

    Beal will post early-round value while he's on the court, but his public frustration with the Wizards adds uncertainty to his fantasy value late in the season. It is worth trying to sell-high on Beal to avoid dealing with this situation during the fantasy playoffs.

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi posted a double-double on Wednesday with 10 points (3-of-8 from the field), 10 rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Mahinmi has been a top-70 player over the past two weeks, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 27.6 minutes per game. He's worth a look in standard leagues as he continues to start and outplay Thomas Bryant (six points and six rebounds in 17 minutes on Wednesday).

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis worked the Suns in a 112-87 win on Wednesday, tallying 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and the line, adding 13 rebounds, one block and four dimes.

    Sabonis has had 34 double-doubles this season, which is sick, considering he tallied 30 in the whole of 2018-19. He's been a beast and looks to be a strong candidate to finish the season flirting with top-25 value on and off.

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker dropped 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's 112-87 loss to the Pacers, only adding an additional two rebounds, three assists and a steal to his name.

    Booker, much like the rest of the Suns, would like to put this game behind them and look ahead to their next game. As an interesting note, his backcourt partner, Ricky Rubio, finished with the same number of rebounds, assists and steals but only seven points.

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton was held to 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting on Wednesday, chipping in eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Ayton will move on from this game and hope for better ones in the future. This game is not indicative of what owners should expect from the rising young star. He's currently a top-30 player on the season.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon suffered a laceration on Wednesday and did not return after seeing 16 minutes where he posted five points on 2-of-4 shooting with three assists and one triple.

    Brogdon has gotten more than his fair share of bumps, nicks, and assorted other injuries this season. While he's not going to miss a lot of time with this one, likely being held out due to the blow-out nature of the game. T.J. McConnell stepped up in this one as he was able to record a 10-point, 11-assist double-double with three steals and one block in 27 minutes. McConnell is an add in deep leagues if Brogdon sits a game or two.

  • Brandon Goodwin
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Brandon Goodwin came off the bench on Wednesday to score 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting with three assists, three rebounds and three triples in 20 minutes.

    Goodwin was scoreless in two minutes on Monday and got a boost on Wednesday with Trae Young (right thigh contusion) out. Goodwin can be left on the waiver wire with Young set to return soon.

  • Elie Okobo
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Elie Okobo saw 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, turning in a line of 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.

    This game wasn't close, which could have afforded Okobo a few extra reps. It's an encouraging sign to see what he did with it, but he is likely only worth a stream at most if the Suns fall victim to injuries.

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Jeff Teague started on Wednesday and scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting with eight assists in 25 minutes.

    Trae Young (right thigh contusion) sat this game out and Teague was still unable to eclipse 25 minutes. The trade to Atlanta has hurt Teague's value in a big way and he is only an assists specialist for 16-team leagues.

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre Jr. was one rebound shy of a double-double on Wednesday night, ending with 17 points (5-16 FG), nine rebounds and a block to his name.

    Oubre's shooting slump continues, but remains a top-50 player on the season. He relies on steals to keep his value afloat, so nights like this really hurt his stock. No one on the Suns had a great night and he'll hope to turn things around in his next contest.