• 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

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard checked in for Thursday's preseason finale against the Mavs and put up 13 points, three rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Leonard took full advantage of some sloppy play from Luka Doncic to help make up for his poor 5-of-19 shooting performance. Kawhi's inching up closer to the middle points of the first round in fantasy drafts, and where you select him depends entirely on your tolerance for potential nights off.

  • Landry Shamet
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Despite 37 minutes in Thursday's preseason game, Landry Shamet finished with five points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, a 3-pointer and a 2-of-10 shooting line.

    The Clippers look prepared to give Shamet major minutes this season on the wing and at point guard, but his preseason play has been lackluster. We're going to chalk this up to a weirdly-timed slump and continue drafting Shamet in the later rounds of all drafts.

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (calf) and Lou Williams (rest) sat out of Thursday's preseason game with the Mavs.

    No need for the Clippers, who figure to do lots of load managing, to force either of their vets through a meaningless game. Beverley's calf injury is suspected to be minor but we'll keep an eye on it as the season approaches.

  • Justin Jackson
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Justin Jackson notched 18 points off the bench in Thursday's 102-87 win over the Clippers, adding six rebounds and three triples to round out his game.

    Jackson ends his preseason on a strong note and it looks like he'll hold a solid rotation role for Dallas, and may even start if the forward core suffers injuries. That said, he's always been a weak fantasy play and would need immense volume to change anyone's mind.

  • Moses Brown
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    The Blazers have converted Moses Brown's training camp deal into a two-way contract.

    It's a nice climb for Brown, who went undrafted out of UCLA. Portland's center depth could be tested if Hassan Whiteside misses time because of his sprained ankle but we'd be surprised if Brown saw much action at the NBA level this year.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Dorian Finney-Smith
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Neither Dorian Finney-Smith (hip flexor) nor Seth Curry (right knee contusion) played in Thursday's preseason finale.

    There's no reason for the Mavs to push either player through this, though we'll keep an eye out for updates before the real games begin. Both figure to be important reserves and should be able to deliver top-250 value in fantasy, if that means anything to you.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis needed only 23 minutes to produce 18 points, 13 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in Thursday's preseason win over the Clippers.

    Luka Doncic, not to be outdone, added 13 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers of his own, though nine turnovers were pretty ugly. It wasn't always pretty but it's obvious that this young dynamic duo will threaten early-round value for as long as they're on the court. How much they're on the court, Porzingis is particular, is the question.

  • Delon Wright
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Delon Wright put a fitting end to a quiet preseason on Thursday, scoring six points with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes of action.

    Wright was looking like a major breakout candidate but a poor preseason looks to have took some wind out of his sails. We still believe in his ability to rack up defensive stats out of a guard spot and his solid middle-round upside, so Wright's still worth a look sometime after pick No. 80.

  • Jalen Brunson
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Jalen Brunson (sore left hamstring) posted six points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 15 minutes on Thursday night.

    Brunson started next to Delon Wright, which is something to remember in case the Mavs deal with injuries that force them to reshuffle the starting five during the year. He's only a deep-league option but did have some stints of relevance last season, so he's not someone to completely write off if injuries strike.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo blitzed the Wolves in Thursday's preseason win, racking up 26 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes of work.

    It's safe to say Giannis is ready for the regular season and is locked in as a top-5 pick in all formats. He went 9-of-15 from the field and a solid 7-of-9 from the line, and if that kept up all season fantasy players would be overjoyed. There's not much else to take from this one. Khris Middleton also had a good game with 18 points and seven assists.