March 15, 2017, 9:53 pm
The Kings won their second straight game Wednesday night, beating the Phoenix Suns 107-101. This was the team’s first road win since the All-Star break.
The Suns started out the game in control, leading by 10 points at one point in the second quarter, but a late surge before halftime brought the team to within a point. A late push led by Skal Labissiere helped give the team the lead early in the fourth quarter, and some poor execution from the Suns late in the game sealed the win.
- Skal Labissiere finished with a team-high in points, scoring from all over the court and even getting to the free throw line quite a bit. Labissiere did a lot of his damage in the fourth quarter, giving the team the lead early and scoring 32 points in the game. Labissiere looks like he might be on of the best scorers on the team, and appears to have a very bright future.
- Willie Cauley-Stein continues to show major improvements offensively, and is becoming a very effective playmaker for the team. He dished out five assists in the game, and appeared to be much more comfortable handling the ball than usual. Cauley-Stein also recorded four blocks and four steals, and has been showing some impressive two-way potential in recent weeks.
The win moves the Kings ahead of the Pelicans in the standing, giving them the 12th spot in the conference. The Kings will now have two days off before returning to action Saturday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
September 18, 2019, 2:23 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
In a video, Joel Embiid announced that he lost about 25 pounds over the summer.
Embiid is one of the best fantasy players around but has struggled at times with conditioning. The Sixers will gladly accept any improvements from last season's averages of 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds.
Source: NBC Sports
September 18, 2019, 2:04 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
According to Pacers beat writer Scott Agness, Pacers forward T.J. Warren has no injury worries heading into the season.
Warren has missed 56 games during the last two seasons, but he hopes to stay healthy for all of 2019-20. Warren is likely to start for the Pacers and could hold top-100 value if he can stay on the court.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 1:37 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard expects to play for Team USA during next year's Summer Olympics.
Lillard skipped this year's World Cup but is planning to play in Tokyo. He should be a late first-round or early second-round fantasy pick this year.
September 18, 2019, 1:20 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Warriors guard Stephen Curry expects to play at next year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Curry will have a busy year ahead of him. Still, it's no surprise that many potential members of Team USA skipped this year's FIBA World Cup in favor of an Olympics appearance. Curry will be a popular early first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
September 18, 2019, 1:03 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb.
This is rough news for the Wizards, who already have John Wall on the shelf. Thomas was a candidate to start at point guard, but instead he'll have to recover from yet another injury. Thomas averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 assists in limited action for the Nuggets last campaign.
Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 12:54 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Free Agent
According to Ian Begley, several Nets players are pushing for the team to sign Carmelo Anthony but it's unknown whether the front office will go forward.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have already been reported as being among Anthony's supporters. Still, Melo could end up with a team other than the Nets or nowhere at all in the NBA. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds before the Rockets parted ways with him last November.
Source: Ian Begley on SNY
September 18, 2019, 12:39 pmJustin AndersonSF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards signed forward Justin Anderson.
The Wizards could use depth, but Anderson's deal is non-guaranteed and he is unlikely to make a major fantasy impact. He averaged 3.7 points last season in limited action for the Hawks.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 12:25 pmIsaiah TaylorPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed guard Isaiah Taylor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
It's a partially guaranteed deal for Taylor, who missed last season due to injury. The Celtics, Nuggets, and Suns had also shown interest. Taylor averaged 6.6 points and 1.3 assists in 2017-18 with the Hawks. He's unlikely to put up big numbers with the Raptors.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 9:39 amDarius MillerSF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have applied for a disabled player exception worth $3.625 million, after losing forward Darius Miller for the season with an Achilles injury.
Miller became a reliable perimeter threat for the Pelicans last year averaging career-highs in points (8.2) and assists (2.5) in 69 games. He then signed a two-year deal worth $14 million early in the summer. Without Miller, the Pelicans will likely give more minutes to Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 17, 2019, 11:25 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
According to Andrew Lopez, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have been full participants in voluntary team workouts.
It's great news for the two former number two picks as they enter their age-22 seasons with a fresh start. Neither Ball nor Ingram has played in 60 games in either of the past two seasons due to injuries. Ingram has never cracked the top 110/170 (8-cat/9-cat), but he could easily beat that in New Orleans with a quick tempo and new role. Ball had a top 60/85 finish in his rookie season, so there's definitely upside here. Lonzo does have a very wide range of possible outcomes, so draft him only if you're feeling risky.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter