November 28, 2016, 9:49 am
After a strong 122-105 over the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night, the Sacramento Kings head to Washington D.C. for a matchup against the Wizards on Monday.
The Wizards have struggled to start the season, but the return of Bradley Beal to the lineup has added a new dimension to the offense. The team is 3-2 since his return, and they appear to be heading in a good direction. Between John Wall, Bradley Beal and the newly-emerging Otto Porter, the Kings will surely have their hands full.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- As mentioned earlier, Otto Porter has provided quite the boost to this lineup, and drastically improves the team when he’s on the floor. The Wizard’s Offensive rating with him on the floor jumps from 98.8 to 109, and he is also fairly effective on the defensive end. Sacramento will be attempting to slow down Wall and Beal all game, but Porter can prove to be just as dangerous as the other two.
- With the talent and size that Washington has on the perimeter, the Kings may need to rely on Garrett Temple more than they have in the past. Temple has the ability to guard all three perimeter players at a very high level, so the team should look to get him plenty of time on the floor, especially when Washington’s starters are out there.
- Sacramento has gotten out to some sluggish starts recently, and will need to keep this in mind on the second night of a back-to-back. A change to the starting lineup could be a potential answer, but either way the team will need to keep themselves active throughout.
It is fairly early to start looking at the standings, but Sacramento currently sits 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth spot in the western conference, so a good road trip could put the team right in the mix for a postseason spot early.
Washington has struggled this season, but with the talent that they have they are very capable of the win. Sacramento will need to make sure to keep the Wizard’s perimeter players in check to have a good chance Monday night.
July 18, 2019, 8:11 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson will not play for Canada in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
This seems like a situation where Thompson is not participating to prepare for the grind of the NBA season in the fall. There was always some uncertainty with his participation but he was among the invitees to Team Canada training camp.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 18, 2019, 5:40 pmCameron ReynoldsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal.
Reynolds played in 19 games with the Wolves as a rookie after playing for five years at Tulane University. As he moves to the Bucks, expect him to continue to compete for the opportunity to be a backup point guard in the NBA. With the Bucks entering next season as title contenders, there is no room for Reynolds in the fantasy landscape.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 18, 2019, 4:39 pmJavonte GreenF, Boston Celtics
Javonte Green will join the Celtics on a partially guaranteed contract.
After a strong Summer League performance where he averaged 10.8 ppg on 50% shooting, Green will get an opportunity to fight for a roster spot for the Celtics. He most recently played overseas in Germany.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
July 18, 2019, 4:31 pmAmida BrimahC, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have signed Amida Brimah to a one-year contract.
The seven-foot big man, Bridah, has had a couple short stints with the Spurs but has yet to play in a game. Expect him to compete for a roster spot come training camp but there are no guarantees that he will make the final roster.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 18, 2019, 3:04 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have officially re-signed Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker.
The team rescinded their qualifying offer to Theis in a procedural move to maximize cap space, but he's back in Boston on a two-year, $10 million deal. He'll be battling for backup center minutes and his shooting ability (38.8 percent from deep last season on low volume) could set him apart from the rest of Boston's frontcourt options. As a player who can knock down threes and pick up some steals and blocks, there's deep-league potential for Theis should he end up pushing for something like 20 mpg. Wanamaker decided to pass on larger offers from European teams to return to the Celtics, where he may have a better shot at minutes with Terry Rozier out of the picture. Even so, he's not a fantasy target.
Source: Boston Celtics
July 18, 2019, 2:05 pmThanasis AntetokounmpoSF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have made their signing of Thanasis Antetokounmpo official.
Antetokounmpo is believed to be on a two-year deal that is fully guaranteed for the veteran's minimum. Antetokounmpo has just two NBA appearances to his name, both coming back in 2016 with the Knicks. It's unlikely that he'll play much, if at all, though at least he'll get to hang with his MVP little brother.
Source: Milwaukee Bucks
July 18, 2019, 1:59 pmRondae Hollis-JeffersonSF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have announced the signing of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Hollis-Jefferson had a tough season in Brooklyn, suffering an offseason adductor strain and then falling out of the rotation when he was ready to play. The Raptors will take a one-year flier on a player that can capably defend multiple positions while bringing great energy, and he'll fit in with the team's defensive identity. RHJ is only a year removed from being a top-100 fantasy player but it's unlikely that he holds standard-league value in a reserve role for Toronto. Deep-league managers can consider Hollis-Jefferson a late-round flier.
Source: Toronto Raptors
July 18, 2019, 1:41 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
The Suns have officially re-signed Kelly Oubre.
Oubre is headed back to Phoenix on a two-year, $30 million deal and lost out on a bigger payday as teams alternately gobbled up cap space or played a long waiting game in free agency, leaving one of the top RFAs on the board to settle for a deal that clocks in below expectations. Oubre missed the end of the season because of thumb surgery but blossomed in Phoenix, averaging 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 3s on .453 shooting. That was good for top-50 value, and while that might be too lofty to expect a repeat without some breaks (the efficiency is a definite question mark), it's clear that Oubre is finally on a team that will commit to his future and there will be enough playing time to make him a late-middle round option in fantasy drafts.
Source: Phoenix Suns
July 18, 2019, 1:37 pmDavid NwabaSF, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have announced the signing of David Nwaba.
Nwaba will head to Brooklyn on a two-year deal after bouncing around over his first three NBA seasons. It's a nice pickup for the Nets, who will get a hard-nosed forward that's capable of defending and rebounding with tenacity. Nwaba's poor shooting might not do him favors in Brooklyn's system, but he's the type of hustle player that coaches tend to like. Expect him to play a part in Kenny Atkinson's deep rotation, though fantasy value is probably out of the question when everyone is healthy.
Source: Brooklyn Nets
July 18, 2019, 12:42 pmJR SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. Smith will meet with the Bucks on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
This is the first team other than the Lakers, who have already been deemed an unlikely landing spot, to be connected to Smith. Milwaukee is looking for another wing shooter and Smith would fit the bill in a perfect world, though it's unlikely that he would play a major role for any team after sitting out since November.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter