• Over the course of the Rio Olympics I plan on slapping together some quick thoughts from all the basketball that goes down. The dedicated basketball channel that most providers have for the Olympics is a godsend and a terrific idea. If you missed any game, men’s or women’s, it’ll be on there at some point.

    I didn’t get a chance to watch a full women’s game today and I’d rather not extrapolate on half a quarter of Brazil vs. Australia. In the future I’d like to get some women’s games though, so be on the lookout for that.

    Let’s get to it…

    Today’s Results

    Men’s

    Australia 87 vs. France 66
    USA 119 vs. China 62
    Serbia 86 vs. Venezuela 62

    Women’s

    France 55 vs. Turkey 39
    Canada 90 vs. China 68
    Australia 84 vs. Brazil 66
    Japan 77 vs. Belarus 73

    Australia 87 vs. France 66

    First off- I didn’t catch the entirety of the game, so I’ll be limiting my thoughts to what I did see. France has generally been viewed as the consensus #2 in this tournament but laid an egg today. The Boomers dominated from start to finish. France made it close in the second quarter but really never looked like a threat.

    Australia’s scoring attack was led by Patty Mills (21 points, 2 boards, 5 assists), Andrew Bogut (18 points, 4 boards, 5 assists) and Aron Baynes (14 points, 8 boards, 1 assist). Australia is one of those teams where you forget about their sizable NBA presence but it showed today- I’ll never forget you again Joe Ingles.

    France had only two guys score in double figures; Tony Parker (18 points) and Mickael Gelable (13 points). Euroleague MVP Nando de Colo played 24 minutes; in the same neighborhood as Rudy Gobert (25) and more than Parker (21) or Nic Batum (22). Boris Diaw led the French with 31 minutes; hardly ideal considering his old man status. Batum was particularly disappointing with just 5 points and 3 field goal attempts. If France really wants to compete they’ll need to wake up soon.

    Top Performers

      Australia France
    Points Mills 21
    Bogut 18
    Baynes 14
    Parker 18
    Gelable 13
    Diaw 9
    Rebounds Baynes 8
    Andersen 5
    Bogut / Broekhoff 4
    Gobert 7
    Diaw 5
    Gelable 4
    Assists Dellavedova 10
    Bogut 5
    Mills 5
    De Colo 3
    Heurtel 3
    Diaw / Batum / Parker 2

    Stray Thoughts:

    • France looked BAD; nothing cooking for them at either end
    • It’s still unbelievable that France couldn’t find a spot for Evan Fournier
    • Australia played a really smooth game; they got pretty much whatever they wanted on offense
    • Dellavedova made a few nice plays on his way to 10 assists, but pretty much anyone with a pulse could pick up an assist or two in today’s game
    • Aron Baynes looked good in my limited viewing; I’m interested to see how he’ll look in Detroit this year
    • Australia might be a more serious player than I gave them credit for. I don’t see them medaling but they can turn out some fun games for sure

Fantasy News

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet has inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls for two years worth $4.5 million according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Kornet is another stretch big that will fit into the Bulls' system similar to how Lauri Markkanen does. He is a 36-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career and shoots at will, so he should be a nice role player for an improved Bulls team.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Josh Magette
    G, Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic have signed Josh Magette to a two-way contract according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

    Magette was last seen in the NBA two seasons ago with the Atlanta Hawks. After a strong showing in Summer League, Magette will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot as an additional PG. He doesn't figure to hold any fantasy value if he is to make the squad.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially signed Frank Kaminsky to a two-year, $10 million deal.

    Kaminsky officially joins the young roster that GM James Jones and the Suns are building. He will have some competition backing up Dario Saric as the team is also planning to sign Cheick Diallo. Kaminsky will have some stand-alone value as a deep threat but he doesn't provide much value beyond shooting.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Stanton Kidd
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed Stanton Kidd and William Howard.

    Kidd and Howard both participated in Summer League for the Jazz organization and impressed the team enough to be signed to fill out their roster. There is no guarantee that either will make the roster as it is unclear if their contracts are guaranteed. Kidd, 27, most recently played in Turkey while Howard, 25, most recently played in France.

    Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns have signed Cheick Diallo to a two-year contract.

    Diallo has shown flashes in the NBA through his first three seasons with the Pelicans, Unfortunately, he has yet to see the opportunity needed to provide fantasy value as he has yet to surpass 14.0MPG in any season. The Suns could provide an avenue for Diallo to get more playing time off the bench similar to what we saw from Richaun Holmes last season. This is a terrific landing spot for the young big man.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there are many around the league that believe that Chris Paul will start the season with the Thunder.

    The Thunder have been very busy this offseason as they have been able to inhale draft picks in return for All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. It was rumored that they would attempt to shop Paul to see if they could acquire even more assets. The team will look to have Paul mentor this team (specifically second-year player Shai-Gilgeous Alexander) as the market for Paul is not robust due to the $124M he is owed over the next three seasons. From a fantasy perspective, Paul may eat into SGA's overall value but they both will provide value come draft time.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    According to Shams Charania, the Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off of waivers.

    Wood will join a Pistons team that is led by Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt. However, he will be able to compete for bench minutes with fellow bigs Markieff Morris and Thon Maker. The Pistons also drafted Sekou Doumbouya who is unlikely to contribute this season as he is only 18 years old.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Newly signed wing Reggie Bullock (back) underwent successful surgery for a cervical disc herniation on Wednesday.

    Bullock signed a two-year contract with the Knicks a day before undergoing a special surgery in New York. The Knicks will update the media regarding Bullock's timetable around the start of training camp. With the rotation unknown and the lack of knowledge regarding his timetable, Bullock is best left undrafted in standard leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Tyler Lydon
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Tyler Lydon has officially signed with the Kings.

    Lydon was a 2017 first-round pick of the Nuggets but failed to show value in his time in Denver. The Kings will take a chance on Lydon who has only played 96 minutes in his first two seasons. For now, he can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • Julian Washburn
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have waived Julian Washburn.

    Washburn was acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade. Last season he appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies, making three starts, while averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 14.1 minutes per night. Expect him to land in some team's training camp.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter