• The Toronto Raptors have been looking for some help at power forward all offseason long. After the flurry of free agency’s opening days, the Raptors have stepped forward to pick their guy out of the bargain bin.

    Jared Sullinger, formerly of the Boston Celtics, is headed north. He tweeted out the announcement from his own account. While exact terms have not yet been disclosed, Woj is reporting it’s a one year deal and ESPN’s Marc Stein believes it’s worth around $6 million. Sully will provide some secondary scoring and rebounding for a Toronto team in need of 4-spot production from someone other than Patrick Patterson.

    He’s far from the ideal floor spacer at just 27.6% from deep in his career but he has averaged double figure scoring for the past three seasons and could see a boost in minutes and output now that he’s out of Boston’s crowded frontcourt. It’s possible that the team asks Sullinger to work on his three point shot: they did the same with Luis Scola and he turned in a career year in terms of triples. Not to say that a similar result will occur, but Scola’s success leaves it well within the realm of possibility. If Sullinger is meant to replace the departing Scola, he’ll most certainly provide an upgrade on the glass coming off a season in which he averaged 8.3 rebounds per night, with 2.4 coming on the offensive end.

    At just 24, Sullinger has been a valuable part of Boston’s rotations since he entered the league. While he has some well-publicized conditioning and weight concerns, he’s a fairly talented offensive player and a quality defender according to some metrics. At the very least, he’ll provide a tick more athleticism and quickness than the team received from Scola. He’s an upgrade on the incumbents with room to grow, which on its own makes this deal a good one even before we consider his exact role with the Raptors.

    Sullinger started 73 games for the Celtics last year and could slot into the starting lineup so as not to disturb Dwane Casey’s successful bench groups, but a Sullinger-Valanciunas combo lacks the quickness to keep up with more athletic forwards around the league. He’ll likely slot into a bench role and be one of the second unit’s primary scorers. That would push Patrick Patterson into the starting lineup, possibly leveraging his strong numbers when paired with Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry.

    While Sullinger might not provide exactly what Toronto needs, it’s hard to hate any one year deal; especially one that’s so reasonable in this cap environment. The team takes a low risk shot on a player who might flourish while the player joins a competitive team who needs what he has to offer. Ho-hum, just more sound work from Masai Ujiri.

Fantasy News

  • Nicolo Melli
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli underwent knee surgery and will not participate in Italy’s training camp at the end of July, ahead of the FIBA World Tournament.

    This comes out of nowhere and the only relative information we have is that Melli will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The Italian big should be fine for the Pelicans training camp where he will compete for the backup power forward minutes as long as the surgery is not anything too serious.

    Source: Sportando

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo is envisioning himself as a better all-around player, with averages of 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists this upcoming season.

    Adebayo, who turns 22 on Thursday, averaged 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.3 minutes while playing in all 82 of the Heat’s games last season. With the Heat trading center Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers earlier this month, Adebayo is expected to be the clear-cut choice at starting center and a fantasy breakout candidate.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Reggie Bullock has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Knicks for less than the $4.7 million exception.

    It was reported that Bullock intitally had an offer for two years and $20 million so this is a considerable drop on the monetary terms. The two parties had to rework their agreement after unanticipated health issues that almost made the deal fall through. This is also the end of the domino that had Marcus Morris back off his initial agreement with the Spurs and sign a deal with the Knicks instead. New York seems to be loaded in the forward positions and it’s anyone’s guess who earns the minutes to become fantasy relevant next year.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dragan Bender
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    As Dragan Bender continues to explore the NBA market, the Cavs and the Raptors are among the teams that have inquired about the former lottery pick.

    The European market also remains an option for the Croatian forward as CSKA Moscow and Fenerbache are monitoring his situation. Bender is still only 21 years old and teams around the NBA could still take a chance on him after what has been a disappointing NBA career so far with averages of 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 131 career games.

    Source: Orazio Francesco Cauchi on Twitter

  • Raul Neto
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Raul Neto could end up being Ben Simmons' backup to begin the 2019-20 season.

    Right now, the two candidates to be the backup to starter Ben Simmons are Neto and former two-way player Shake Milton, a second-year combo guard who earned a lot of minutes at the point in the NBA Summer League. Neto started 53 of the 81 games in which he appeared as a rookie in 2015-16, but only started once over the past three seasons. He has averages of 4.8 points, 1.9 assists and 37.7 percent shooting from 3-point range in 14.2 minutes and it’s highly unlikely that he gains fantasy value even if he earns the backup job.

    Source: Bucks County Courier Times

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Heat are open to the idea of teaming up Chris Paul with Jimmy Butler, but what has hung the entire negotiation up is the discussion of picks.

    The Thunder holds two of Miami’s future first round draft picks, an unprotected selection in 2021 and a protected one in 2023. The Heat want those included in a potential deal and Oklahoma City has no shortage of assets as, since draft night, Sam Presti has acquired a remarkable eight first-round picks. Windhorst also added that the Heat seem to be CP3’s preferred destination and if he actually ends up in South Beach, he could retain his strong fantasy value.

    Source: NESN.com

  • Kyle Lowry
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Josh Lewenberg of TSN is hearing that the Raptors have no intention of moving Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka, at least not before the season.

    All three veterans are on expiring deals and Masai Ujiri will give this group an opportunity to sink or swim before choosing a path and deciding what comes next. With those three and Fred VanVleet hitting the open market next summer, the Raptors will have over $90 million coming off their books and plenty of flexibility. It’s clear that there won’t be a fire sale in Toronto anytime soon while this group has proved that it is capable of winning games even without Kawhi Leonard. Things could change quickly though and Ujiri has never been shy of pulling the trigger so the future looks murky for the veteran champions.

    Source: TSN

  • Daniel Theis
    PF, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have rescinded their qualifying offer to big man Daniel Theis, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    This is move is to maximize the team's remaining cap space. Theis will eventually be signed to a deal using his Early Bird Rights. Theis will have value as a deep-league source of blocks. He will be competing with Robert Williams to back up starting center, Enes Kanter.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter

  • Kelan Martin
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Kelan Martin led the Wolves in their 92-95 loss against the Grizzlies on Monday with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds and an assist.

    Martin helped the Wolves claw back into the game with a big third quarter, but the team just fell flat. He was by far the best player on the Wolves tonight, but it's still uncertain as to whether or not tonight's performance was enough to push him onto an NBA team to start next season.

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Keita Bates-Diop scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, an assist and a 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Wolves.

    Bates-Diop was outplayed by his fellow benchmates in this one, but nailed a clutch 3-pointer to bring the Wolves within a single possession late in the fourth. He's struggled with consistency which is why it'll be hard to envision him having an impactful role to start next season.