July 11, 2016, 12:02 pm
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.
January 21, 2020, 11:50 pmBoban MarjanovicC, Dallas Mavericks
Boban Marjanovic was extremely efficient (5-for6 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) on Tuesday, producing 12 points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes vs. the Clippers.
With Dwight Powell likely lost for the season, Marjanovic should see a few extra minutes. And that's really all he needs to provide decent fantasy value. However, even with Kristaps Porzingis out for the past ten games, Boban played in just six. Keep in mind that he's unlikely to play in nearly every game even if his minutes get bumped into the 15-minute range.
January 21, 2020, 11:43 pmDelon WrightPG, Dallas Mavericks
Delon Wright was nearly invisible in the box score on Tuesday vs. the Clippers with two points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 12 minutes.
Wright's minutes have been under 15 per game for three straight games now after a stretch of five games of over 20 minutes. He's frustrating to own, but when he's getting over 20 minutes, he's putting up standard-league value. If his stat set isn't interesting to you, feel free to leave him alone, but there's always a chance he gets back to the mid-round player he was in Memphis last season.
January 21, 2020, 11:36 pmMaxi KleberPF, Dallas Mavericks
Maximillian Kleber played 32 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Tuesday, providing eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
Kleber was back on the bench with Kristaps Porzingis returning to the lineup, but Dwight Powell went down with what looks to be a season-ending injury, so he's right back to a 30-plus minute role. That load has had him inside the top-100 lately due to his blocks and threes skill set. He's worth an add in case he's still out there in your league.
January 21, 2020, 11:30 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic filled up the box score once again on Tuesday with 36 points on 12-of-26 shooting, 10 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes as the Mavs lost to the Clippers 107-110.
Doncic made just 9-of-14 free throws, though one miss was intentional. The free throws have dipped a bit closer to last year's sub-par mark lately. If he can right the ship there, Doncic should have a great chance at finishing the season as a top-10 player.
January 21, 2020, 11:23 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis returned from a 10-game absence on Tuesday and struggled to get his shot to fall, putting up 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.
Porzingis' minutes were slightly limited, but 27 minutes right out of the gate is encouraging. Dwight Powell looks to be done for the season after an Achilles injury tonight, so Porzingis may be needed to pull some additional weight in the second half of the season. He should be a top-50 player down the stretch.
January 21, 2020, 11:17 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a 110-107 road win over the Mavs on Tuesday with 36 points (12-of-29 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and a three in 36 minutes.
All that with just one turnover for Leonard, too. Leonard may sit a game out every other week or so, but he's been the top player on a per game basis over the last month. His number will likely get dialed back a bit when Paul George returns, but there are few better when Leonard takes the floor.
January 21, 2020, 11:09 pmLandry ShametSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Landry Shamet made five 3-pointers as part of an 18-point, three-rebound, one-assist performance in 36 minutes in a win over the Mavs on Tuesday.
Shamet his all three of his freebies and attempted eight 3-point shots and no 2-point shots in this one. Shamet's performance from distance is the only reason to stream him from time to time. He's an excellent free throw shooter, but he doesn't get to the line often enough for it to help much.
January 21, 2020, 11:03 pmMaurice HarklessSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Maurice Harkless (sore lower back) returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday and barely played against the Mavs, accumulating just one rebound and four fouls in nine minutes.
Even in a start due to Paul George's continued absence, Harkless disappointed. He's worth streaming if you need a steal or a block, but as he's shown, even a starting role doesn't guarantee a good game for Harkless.
January 21, 2020, 10:18 pmPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley will not return to Monday's game against the Mavs due to a sore right groin.
Beverley's night ends with nine points (3-of-5 shooting), four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 15 minutes. When Beverley missed time recently, the Clippers filled his role with a combination of players, including Derrick Walton Jr. If Beverley misses more time, Paul George will likely be back to pick up some ball-handling slack, as well.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 10:05 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell (right Achilles injury) is expected to have suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles tendon.
That was the worry right away after the non-contact injury occurred. The Mavs will miss Powell. Look for Maxi Kleber and possibly Boban Marjanovic to pick up some of the slack. But, this will most likely have an effect on all of the rotation, even down to the guards.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter