November 14, 2016, 12:11 pm
Brian Scalabrine made some waves during a radio hit earlier today by suggesting that the Golden State Warriors could have Klay Thompson on the trade block. Scal, currently in employ with the Celtics’ broadcast team, also said that the Celtics have been linked to the sharp-shooting two guard.
Firstly, any move of Thompson makes very little sense. The Warriors, beyond their insane collection of basketball talent, have flourished thanks to a tremendous culture and organizational environment; one that would be torn apart by trading Thompson away. The immense loss of goodwill would extend out to the fan base and place an enormous burden on whoever is coming back in return to deliver multiple titles. The Warriors are already good enough to win with Thompson on board so there’s almost no chance the team rocks the boat in such a major way.
Secondly, ff such a deal were to take place, the Warriors would likely be looking for a rim protector or another athletic big man along with a bushel of draft picks. Boston certainly has the draft capital to get things done but any theoretical deal falls apart immediately thereafter. The closest thing they have to a big man that Golden State would exchange for Thompson is Al Horford, and there’s zero chance that the C’s trade away their big free agent acquisition one year into his max deal.
A three team trade might be able to assemble the kind of package that Thompson would command, but that creates another chain of potentially complex moves. The rumor (transcribed here by Masslive.com), which Scalabrine himself seems to doubt (“That can’t be true,” he said Monday morning), would involve the Nets’ first rounder, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley headed to Golden State with the pick being flipped for a rim protector.
While the removal of Thompson would necessitate another shooting guard coming back (hello Mr. Bradley), adding Crowder to the mix would only serve to push Golden State smaller. Crowder would presumably play the four and send Draymond Green into the five spot full-time. That’s a hell of a defensive group, but it just doesn’t make a ton of sense for the Warriors to go this route.
I know we’re waiting for some tangible news to hit the wire right about now, but this seems like a video game fever dream. I’ll gladly eat crow if a Thompson trade comes to pass but the pieces just don’t seem to fit.
July 19, 2019, 9:59 pmLuke KornetPF-C, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have officially announced the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison.
Kornet can provide threes and blocks as a backup big for the Bulls. He is currently behind Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. but may be able to carve out some minutes for deep-league owners. Harrison will be fighting for minutes with the Bulls' plethora of point guards at the moment. If he can find some minutes during the season, he can be a source of steals as a player to stream or for deep leagues.
July 19, 2019, 9:24 pmRondae Hollis-JeffersonSF, Toronto Raptors
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Raptors.
Hollis-Jefferson's deal was originally reported as a minimum contract however it is now a $2.5 million contract which comes out of the Raptors' non-taxpayer mid-level. He will likely play some minutes behind Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. He is capable of defending multiple positions and might be able to provide some deep-league value in rebounds, steals and blocks.
Source: Jeff Siegel on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 8:54 pmMike MuscalaPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Muscala has signed with the Thunder on a two-year, $4.31 million deal with a player option.
Muscala could step in with the Thunder to be their stretch four behind Danilo Gallinari or back up Steven Adams. He could potentially earn some minutes especially with Jeremi Grant no longer on the team. He averaged around 20 mpg in his last two seasons with the Lakers and Hawks, providing threes and blocks that were useful to deep-league owners.
Source: OKC Thunder Wire
July 19, 2019, 8:27 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Mike D'Antoni "would be disappointed" if Russell Westbrook didn't improve his 3-point percentage this season.
D'Antoni added, "I think we can do that. I think that just by knowing that that's kind of how we play and him having the green light to (shoot) and not worry about it." Westbrook shot just 29.0 percent from deep last season and has been under 30.0 percent in four of his last five campaigns, so there is definite room for improvement. It's possible that Westbrook will find more catch-and-shoot looks available next to James Harden, and moving away from pull-up threes could help him improve his efficiency, but we won't be able to tell for sure until we see the duo take the court in preseason. Improving his deep shooting would definitely help, but there are serious questions about the rest of Westbrook's stat set. Rebounds and assists may not be as available in a system that isn't specifically tailored to him, and free throws and turnovers still look like problem areas. It's not a bad on-court fit but Westbrook seems unlikely to return to his former top-30 glory.
Source: Salman Ali on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 8:14 pmJ.J. BareaPG, Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea (torn right Achilles) will be cautious in his recovery and will not play for Puerto Rico at the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
Barea expects to be ready for September's training camp but has decided that rushing back to play high-level international hoops would be a step too far. The tournament opens less than eight months after Barea sustained the injury, and he will instead focus his attention on getting ready for another season in Dallas. With the additions of Delon Wright and Seth Curry, it's unlikely that Barea plays enough to be worth your time in fantasy.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 8:02 pmMatt ThomasPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have officially signed shooting guard Matt Thomas.
Thomas will join the Raptors on a three-year deal after emerging as one of Europe's top shooters with Valencia last season. The Iowa State product hit 48.5 percent of his 3-pointers last season and is at a clean 47 percent in his two seasons in Spain. He should factor into the shooting guard rotation with Danny Green gone and is someone to monitor in deeper formats for his 3-point potential.
Source: Toronto Raptors
July 19, 2019, 7:56 pmTyson ChandlerC, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have announced the signing of Tyson Chandler.
Chandler is looking like the backup to Clint Capela and could be called on more in certain matchups, though he doesn't figure to play enough to support any worthwhile fantasy value. It's possible that Chandler holds appeal in deeper leagues as a rebounding specialist but that should be about it.
Source: Houston Rockets
July 19, 2019, 5:52 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Dallas Mavericks
The Raptors are planning to claim Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers, per Eurohoops' Nikos Varlas.
Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports that the Raptors were interested in adding Antetokounmpo last season, but had their plans dashed when Dallas took Antetokounmpo with the final pick in the draft. He's incredibly raw still, but has the physical build that the Raptors seem to love in their developmental projects.
Source: Nikos Varlas on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 5:38 pmB.J. JohnsonPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings have waived B.J. Johnson.
Johnson had a decent showing in Summer League but never seemed likely to last in Sacramento given the team's depth at forward. After making seven appearances on a pair of 10-day contracts with the Hawks last season, Johnson will look to find more concrete footing in the league this season.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 5:07 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs have waived Kostas Antetokounmpo, per Shams Charania.
The youngest Antetokounmpo was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2018 draft but only appeared in two games with the Mavs last season. Dallas opens up a two-way contract slot and will likely find a more NBA-ready player on the market, while Antetokounmpo will look to latch on with another team for camp. Perhaps the 21-year-old can make it a family affair, with both of his older brothers playing in Milwaukee.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter