• The Memphis Grizzlies wanted to go in a different direction, choosing to dismiss Dave Joerger despite a strong run of play that made Memphis a well-respected team around the league. They tabbed Heat assistant David Fizdale to replace him and hope that he can be the one to take the team to new heights.

    Fizdale, for his part, wouldn’t have it any other way. In an interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Fizdale mentioned his desire to join an already-good team.

    “I saw an opportunity to take a team from being good to great. If I could have any situation, that was the one I wanted.”

    Memphis does present an intriguing opportunity as a team with a proven track record of success and a variety of steady veteran hands. They didn’t need to make a coaching change but maybe a new voice will give them an extra jolt this season. There’s certainly potential here with Chandler Parsons producing a more offensively-inclined group but health will be the major determinant once more for the Grizz.

    On the flip side, Fizdale might find himself in a rebuilding project sooner rather than later. If the team doesn’t take strides in short order, management and ownership might give up the ghost and disband the current core. If that happens it’ll undoubtedly be a painful process considering any assets Memphis would want to sell are unlikely to return major, franchise-rejuvenating hauls. Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Parsons and Zach Randolph are all valuable guys but each comes with a variety of concerns including age and injury risk that would cap their worth on the trade market.

    Whatever the outcome, Memphis will be a fascinating team to watch in the immediate future.

Fantasy News

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris stated that he didn't expect another offer after he verbally agreed to the Spurs' two-year, $20 million contract.

    We've seen players renege a contract offer before, so this isn't unprecedented, but it's still not a good look for the Knicks and Morris. He took more money and will join a weaker free agency class in 2020, but he joins an insanely crowded Knicks frontcourt which will now have to find playing time for Morris, Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Mitchell Robinson.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter

  • Donta Hall
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Donta Hall was signed by the Pistons to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Hall is a forward that went undrafted this summer after four years at Alabama. He's currently many hurdles away from fantasy significance.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young will be added to the Team USA training camp.

    Young joins Marcus Smart on Monday as two late additions to the training camp roster after six players withdrew from camp to focus on the upcoming NBA season. Although neither of these two are superstars, both are very solid veterans who can impact the game on both ends of the court. There may be more additions to the training camp roster to come.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Todd Withers
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    The Pistons have signed Todd Withers to an exhibit 10 contract.

    Withers will join the Pistons for training camp to compete for a roster spot. The best outcome for Withers is being signed to a two-way contract for this upcoming season. There is no fantasy impact from this signing.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart has been selected to participate in Team USA training camp.

    Following the news of six players dropping out of contention for the USA roster for the FIBA World Cup, the team has decided to add Smart to the list of participants. Don't be surprised if we hear of more additions in the coming days.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Tim Duncan
    PF-C, San Antonio Spurs

    Tim Duncan will join Gregg Popovich's coaching staff as an assistant with the Spurs.

    Duncan played all 19 of his NBA seasons under Popovich. He became one of the league's most dominant big-men of all-time. In regards to the hiring, Popovich joked "It is only fitting, after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor." The NBA will welcome having Duncan back in the league.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Josh Okogie
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Josh Okogie will join Al-Farouq Aminu in representing Nigeria at the FIBA World Cup.

    Okogie broke the news Monday on Twitter. He will be playing with at least a few other current or former NBA players in China.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • Gerald Green
    SG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have officially re-signed Gerald Green to a one-year contract.

    Green will come back to the Rockets for his third straight season. He will continue to be a 3-point specialist off of the bench for this high-powered offense.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris has decided to withdraw from Team USA training camp.

    Harris is the sixth player to withdraw from the Team USA training camp. The roster will be cut to 12 players heading into the FIBA World Cup which starts at the end of August.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Darius Miller
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have officially re-signed Darius Miller to a two-year deal.

    Miller will be playing behind a plethora of young assets at the Pelicans' disposal. Given that the team has entered a full-blown youth movement, it is unlikely that he will earn enough meaningful minutes to make a splash in fantasy in 2019-20.

    Source: Pelicans on Twitter