May 24, 2018, 3:05 pm
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler were named to the All-NBA Third team, the NBA announced Thursday. They were joined by Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo and Paul George on the Third team. The First and Second teams can be found below.
Here’s how the votes went out on the All-NBA awards: pic.twitter.com/5KapJA2Cm3
— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) May 24, 2018
For Jimmy Butler this is his second consecutive All-NBA honor, both coming on the Third team. Butler averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. His scoring led the prolific Wolves’ offense, which ranked fourth in the NBA as a team. Overall Butler ranked 15th in the NBA in points per game and tied for second in steals.
His defense was also a major factor for the Wolves, and he was recognized for his efforts yesterday with a NBA All-Defensive Team selection. According to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, Butler ranked 22nd in defensive plus-minus and third overall in real plus-minus.
For Karl-Anthony Towns this marks his first All-NBA selection. He ranked just behind Butler in points with 21.3 per game, adding 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks. His rebounding ranked fourth in the NBA and he racked up a league-leading 68 double-doubles. He was dependable, starting all 82 regular season games and all five playoff games. He was also highly efficient, shooting a career-best 54.5 percent from the field, a career-best 42.1 percent from 3-point range, and a career-best 85.8 percent from the line.
Towns also set a couple of milestones this season by making his first All-Star appearance and scoring a single-game franchise record 56 points in a March 28 games against the Atlanta Hawks. According to NBA.com, Towns also became the first player in NBA history to collect at least 5000 points, 2500 rebounds and 250 3-pointers in their first three seasons.
This honor comes with extra incentive for Towns as well. With this All-NBA selection, Towns can negotiate up to 30 percent of the 2019/20 salary cap in a contract extension this summer, as noted by Bobby Marks of ESPN.
Karl-Anthony Towns can receive an extension this summer up to 30% of the salary cap in 2019-20. Towns who earned All-NBA (third team) could earn up to $188M on a possible extension.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) May 24, 2018
Towns can only receive this from the Wolves, giving him extra incentive to stay in Minneapolis. Full details on a potential Towns extension can be found HERE.
This is the first All-NBA selection for the Wolves since Kevin Love in 2014, and the first pair of Wolves since Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell were honored in 2004, which (non-coincidentally) was the last time the Wolves made the post-season prior to this year.
August 22, 2019, 8:23 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) will reportedly be "good to go" for the start of training camp in October.
Well, this is good news that we didn't hope we would need. Covington played 35 games last year and couldn't get over the bone bruise injury that kept him out for a majority of the year. We expected him to be ready to go, and the fact that we're even discussing this is slightly less than ideal.
Source: Dane Moore on Twitter
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.
August 22, 2019, 12:25 pmIsaiah CanaanPG, International
Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter
August 22, 2019, 11:58 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.
The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.
August 22, 2019, 11:54 amMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.
Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.
August 21, 2019, 6:26 pmTrevon BluiettPF, Utah Jazz
Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.
Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
August 21, 2019, 5:25 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.
Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.
Source: The Athletic
August 21, 2019, 10:34 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.
Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.
Source: John Casey on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:28 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.
The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter