• On the latest episode of the Lowe Post Podcast, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reported that Luka Doncic has not shared his medical information with the Kings.  When asked by host Zach Lowe about Sacramento’s plans with the second pick, Givony had this to say:

    “First of all, you have to start off with, ‘who even wants to go to
    Sacramento?’ … A lot of the top guys in this draft are openly trying to avoid going there … Jaren Jackson, Mo Bamba, [Luka] Doncic, no medical.”

     

    As the draft gets closer, reports related to the Kings and Doncic have been all across the board.  Lowe posited to Givony that the media buzz has been “so loud, and so universal” that Vlade Divac does not like the idea of selecting Doncic with the second pick, and followed up with a series of questions to Givony about whether or not he believed that. “I would be surprised if they took Luka,” said Givony.  “It’s not just Vlade but also his staff was very openly criticizing Luka saying he’s not athletic enough, he’s too emotional, he’s not this, he’s not that.”

    Earlier today, Carmichael Dave of KHTK 1140 confirmed that he had heard similar things, though Lowe doesn’t sound like he’s reporting but rather sharing a feeling on the media sentiment:


    The reports that the Kings aren’t high on Doncic have been gaining steam over the past few weeks, and the thought that Doncic may not want to be in Sacramento could be a contributing factor.  Marvin Bagley III, who came to Sacramento for a workout, may be showing more interest than Doncic in being the second overall pick. There’s also a chance that the team was just enamored with what they saw during the workout.  Those angles are all speculation at this point.

    Despite some recent reports, there is some reason to believe that the Kings may have some level of interest in Doncic. Hoop Ball’s own Aaron Bruski reported on Saturday that Divac “genuinely likes Doncic as a pick”:

    These reports can be tough to reconcile.  It’s also important to keep in mind that all teams factor in a few different voices in the selection process. Bruski noted in May that Brandon Williams may have more influence over the decision than most might expect for an assistant general manager. Owner Vivek Ranadive has also been very involved in decision-making in the past, so it’s possible this is a group decision of some type.

    It seems that in this case Divac does indeed like Doncic, but other decision-makers may have their eyes set on the perceived star power of players like Bagley and Michael Porter Jr.

    EDITOR’S UPDATE:

    More reports are coming in corroborating the group decision-making process in Sacramento. Bruski reported that Divac genuinely likes Doncic as a pick, Amick is reporting that ownership is pushing for Bagley, Carmichael Dave is reporting that he’s hearing there are “multiple influential voices” and Bruski reported back in May that Brandon Williams’ profile in the front office was rising.  Even if Vlade makes the call, there are certainly a lot of things going on within the walls.

    USA Today’s Sam Amick since confirmed on Twitter what he said on 1140.

Fantasy News

  • Trevor Ariza - F - Phoenix Suns

    Trevor Ariza has been ruled out for Saturday's game as he deals with a personal matter.

    Ariza has been a little disappointing to start the year. The low shooting percentage is standard, but we were expecting a couple more points than this, and some more 3-pointers and steals to buoy his value especially when the shot isn't falling well. He should rise into top-75ish value eventually so for now it's just a waiting game.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic practiced on Friday and will play in Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Doncic will be available after some concern about his shoulder. He has been quite good this season and has exceeded expectations offensively. He should continue to be a mid-round value.

    Source: Dwain Price on Twitter

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - F - Charlotte Hornets

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his second practice in a row and is unlikely for Saturday's game against the Sixers.

    Kidd-Gilchrist has been somewhat useful as a low-end asset thus far this season, sitting on the cusp of top-150 value. His absence means a bump for Miles Bridges, who joins him right in that similar range with a similar stat line. Bridges has some upside to be a top-130 option with five more minutes per contest.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Alex Abrines - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Alex Abrines was held out of practice on Friday and will be re-evaluated before the game on Saturday.

    Abrines is dealing with some flu-like symptoms and was held out of practice. He will travel with the team and get a designation before Saturday's tipoff. Check back in if you're in a position where the 3-point specialist is important enough to roll out.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook practiced Friday but his availability for Saturday is still uncertain.

    It seems like a long shot that Westbrook would be back for Saturday's game. Expect him to be unavailable for at least another week and plan accordingly.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • Kyle Korver - G/F - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kyle Korver expects to play on Monday against the Pistons.

    The Cavs have a long layoff between their Wednesday night game and this upcoming contest against the Pistons. This has given Korver time to get on the right track to play in the next one. He has almost zero fantasy appeal at this stage in his career. Check back on Monday to confirm his status. Ho, hum.

    Source: Marla Ridenour on Twitter

  • Wesley Matthews - G/F - Dallas Mavericks

    Wesley Matthews is doubtful for Saturday's game.

    Matthews is secretly a valuable glorified 3-point specialist. He's sitting at 100 in 9-cat formats on a per-game basis as a high volume shooter and a decent scorer. His vacated minutes are probably spread through the rotation and there isn't one main beneficiary right now.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Allonzo Trier - G - New York Knicks

    Allonzo Trier will start over Noah Vonleh on Friday.

    The master tinkerer is at it again. Coach David Fizdale is making yet another change to the Knicks lineup. Trier has been useful in deep leagues as a plug and play option but even with more deployment his upside is limited by his skillset. Noah Vonleh's top-160ish value may also drop off a little bit. Both are deep league fliers for now.

    Source: northjersey.com

  • Kosta Koufos - C - Sacramento Kings

    Kosta Koufos will be out again in Friday's game.

    This is more of the same for Koufos. He has only played seven games this season and is barely a fantasy asset when he is on the court playing only 10-15 minutes.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. is probable for Friday night's game.

    Jones will likely return for this contest but after a hot start to the season he has really fallen off the radar. Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder are the hot wings off the bench that have flashed, so Jones is best left on the wire for now.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter