• Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat have been playing a game of chicken all offseason. While Wade has been scheduling meetings with other teams, his return to the Heat has generally been treated as a mere formality.

    The Heat finally got the ball rolling today, extending Wade a two year $40 million offer with a player option on the second year. Tim Reynolds of the AP had it first.

    Wade was unhappy with Miami’s early offers, though it’s hard to fault Pat Riley’s crew for prioritizing Kevin Durant. With KD off the board and Hassan Whiteside already agreeing to come back, Wade is the new focus. Whiteside was prepared to take less to accommodate Durant, but with that out of the picture the team’s cap situation is coming into focus.

    He’ll be getting the money he deserves but there could be a few more rounds of back and forth. Wade allegedly wants more term and possibly more money added to the deal, but it really shouldn’t be a problem at this point. He’s been taking a little bit less than he could’ve earned for long stretches of his career so Miami will probably pony up and give him what he wants as a final thank you. Tyler Johnson’s impending departure should also open up some space to give Father Prime his due.

    While Wade has a meeting with the Bucks, it’d be the stunner of the summer if he left South Beach.

Fantasy News

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward had an efficient night on Tuesday, shooting 10-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line on his way to a line of 29 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes vs. the Heat.

    Hayward was great in this one. His drafters are getting a great return on their investment, seeing as Hayward sits just inside the top-50 for the season. Look for more of the same as the second half rolls on.

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant was great again in a 104-96 home win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, going for 14 points (6-of-11 FGs), six rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 30 minutes.

    For as exciting as Morant and the Grizzlies have been of late, he may not be as great in fantasy as most would expect. Morant's assist numbers are excellent and his steals and field goal percentage are great, but that's really where the impressive stats end. He's fun to watch, but if you've got him, there's a great chance you can deal him for more than he's actually worth right now.

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas posted a big double-double on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with 23 points (11-of-19 shooting), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Valanciunas has crept into the top-40 for the past month but he still has spots where he can easily improve. He's seen a dip in free throw percentage recently that should get corrected. He was only outscored by one Grizzly, Dillon Brooks, who had 24 points, one rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one triple in 33 minutes in this game.

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jaren Jackson Jr. threw a block party on Tuesday with seven rejections in a win over the Nuggets, adding 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Jackson's blocks have been trending up for quite a while now, putting him near the top-30 for the last month. He still has plenty of room for improvement, but for the month, the blocks are elite (2.4 per game), and the threes are great too (2.9 per game).

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    Davis Bertans had a good showing for himself on Tuesday, notching 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-for-4 from deep, chipping in three rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Bertans found his shooting rhythm once again tonight and should be good for a massive end-of-season run. As long as he's healthy, he will be one of the league's best sources of 3-pointers and a sprinkling of peripherals.

  • Monte Morris
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Monte Morris came off the bench for the third straight game but still put up good numbers in 34 minutes including nine points (3-of-8 shooting), five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Morris is still worth starting in standard leagues while Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain) is out, even if he's coming off the bench. He specializes in assist-to-turnover ratio and has had connected at a high field goal percentage for a guard for most of his career.

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal did his best to carry the Wizards on Tuesday on the shoulders of his 47-point effort on 13-of-31 shooting, addign six assists, four 3s, one steal and one block.

    Beal got outdueled by Khris Middleton, who popped out a career-best 51 points. Still, Beal appears to be churning out big games night in and night out. As long as he's not shut down by his team, Beal is a lock for top-10 value at this rate.

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant's minute limit was lifted on Tuesday and the big man responded by dropping 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

    Bryant was officially back in form tonight and he did so with a vengeance. Remember, Bryant was able to flirt with top-30 value before being sidelined and is now rewarding everyone who gave him the patience he deserved. Expect better and bigger things ROS.

  • Jerami Grant
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Jerami Grant filled the box score on Tuesday with 21 points (7-of-17 FGs), four rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 38 minutes in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Grant has been a top-60/45 (8-cat/9-cat) player over the last two weeks with Paul Millsap out. Millsap doesn't have a clear return date, so start Grant with confidence for the near future.

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Eric Bledsoe stepped up in the absence of Giannis Antetokoumpo on Tuesday, tallying a season-high 34 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field and 10-of-10 at the line.

    They say necessity is the mother of invention and the Bucks needed Bledsoe to step up tonight and he re-invented himself to fill that need. He added six rebounds, 10 dimes, two 3s and one steal to the box tonight and hopefully this big game serves as a catalyst for him to wake up from the stupor of his mostly mediocre 2019-20.