• According to Jason Lieser of The Long Beach Post, Udonis Haslem is getting ready for Chris Bosh to play, although he is admittedly unsure about what his curent status is:

    The lack of optimism surrounding Bosh’s health is getting more and more concerning by the day.  While the quote from Haslem doesn’t necessarily sound bad on the surface, the underlying uncertainty seems to be the general theme surrounding his health status.  With the departure of Dwayne Wade, the Heat will a need productive season by Bosh in order to build on, or even approach, their 48 wins from last season.

    If Bosh is forced into retirement, the immediate impact would be a huge blow to Miami’s roster next season, but could prove to be a source of cap relief next off-season when the salary cap is expected to take another huge jump.  If he is forced into medical retirement, Miami would be able to take his salary off of their cap sheet one year after the retirement, which would provide a little over $25 million in extra cap room.

    With the salary cap expected to take another large leap, the Heat could find themselves in a great position to sign some premium players, especially with a free agent class that is expected to be stronger than this past season’s.  With the departure of Wade and the emergence of young players like Hassan Whiteside, Josh Richardson and Justice Winslow, Miami may look to find a new star to build their franchise around in the event that Bosh is unable to continue his career.

     

Fantasy News

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro caught fire from deep, shooting 7-of-9 from beyond the arc on his way to 25 points with three rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

    It's certainly fun to own Herro on nights like this, but he is inconsistent because of the depth in Miami. Herro will have late-round value with little upside because of situation in Miami.

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson put on a show in his NBA debut on Wednesday night, ending with 22 points (including 17 straight 4th quarter points), seven rebounds and three assists on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.

    Williamson only played 18 minutes but had the stadium rocking in the 4th quarter when he scored 17 straight points, keeping the Pelicans competitive before ultimately returning to the bench to see them fall to the Spurs. As his minutes increase, it will be exciting to see the damage he's capable of causing in the league and the headache he gives opposing defenses. It's a promising start for this talented rookie's career and we can't wait to see where this trajectory takes him.

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    Davis Bertans scored 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting with four assists, one steal, one block and four triples in 32 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    The 32 minutes is the most Bertans has played since returning from his right quad strain two weeks ago. He is a must-own player in standard leagues for his 15.3 points and 3.7 threes per game.

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 38 points (16-of-24 from the field), nine rebounds and five assists in a 134-129 overtime loss to the Heat on Wednesday.

    Beal will post early-round value while he's on the court, but his public frustration with the Wizards adds uncertainty to his fantasy value late in the season. It is worth trying to sell-high on Beal to avoid dealing with this situation during the fantasy playoffs.

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi posted a double-double on Wednesday with 10 points (3-of-8 from the field), 10 rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Mahinmi has been a top-70 player over the past two weeks, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 27.6 minutes per game. He's worth a look in standard leagues as he continues to start and outplay Thomas Bryant (six points and six rebounds in 17 minutes on Wednesday).

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis worked the Suns in a 112-87 win on Wednesday, tallying 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and the line, adding 13 rebounds, one block and four dimes.

    Sabonis has had 34 double-doubles this season, which is sick, considering he tallied 30 in the whole of 2018-19. He's been a beast and looks to be a strong candidate to finish the season flirting with top-25 value on and off.

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker dropped 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's 112-87 loss to the Pacers, only adding an additional two rebounds, three assists and a steal to his name.

    Booker, much like the rest of the Suns, would like to put this game behind them and look ahead to their next game. As an interesting note, his backcourt partner, Ricky Rubio, finished with the same number of rebounds, assists and steals but only seven points.

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton was held to 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting on Wednesday, chipping in eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Ayton will move on from this game and hope for better ones in the future. This game is not indicative of what owners should expect from the rising young star. He's currently a top-30 player on the season.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon suffered a laceration on Wednesday and did not return after seeing 16 minutes where he posted five points on 2-of-4 shooting with three assists and one triple.

    Brogdon has gotten more than his fair share of bumps, nicks, and assorted other injuries this season. While he's not going to miss a lot of time with this one, likely being held out due to the blow-out nature of the game. T.J. McConnell stepped up in this one as he was able to record a 10-point, 11-assist double-double with three steals and one block in 27 minutes. McConnell is an add in deep leagues if Brogdon sits a game or two.

  • Brandon Goodwin
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Brandon Goodwin came off the bench on Wednesday to score 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting with three assists, three rebounds and three triples in 20 minutes.

    Goodwin was scoreless in two minutes on Monday and got a boost on Wednesday with Trae Young (right thigh contusion) out. Goodwin can be left on the waiver wire with Young set to return soon.