• Iman Shumpert came over to the Kings at last year’s trade deadline in a deal that rid Sacramento of George Hill’s mammoth contract. Shumpert, though, possessed a sizeable contract of his own and would sit out the remainder of the season to nurse a knee issue

    Unsurprisingly, he opted into his $11 million player option for this season and will be with the Kings for the time being. All indications are that he’s healthy and will be ready for training camp, a promising sign after playing just 14 games for the Cavaliers last season. Shumpert has been hampered by injuries throughout his seven-year NBA career, only managing two 70-game seasons to date.

    The 28-year-old is out to prove he’s still got gas left in the tank and he’s in a situation where playing time could be on offer. Being on a rebuilding team is probably the best case scenario for Shumpert at this point in his career. The Kings have a gaping hole at small forward and he could soak up minutes in the interim while the team searches for a long-term solution. At 6-foot-5 he may be a little undersized to play the three, but his 7-foot wingspan and defensive prowess make up for the lack of height.

    Bogdan Bogdanovic is an option to spend time at small forward and did play there a bit last season, but he’s yet to prove he can handle extended minutes at that spot; he’s best suited as a guard at this stage. Justin Jackson started 41 games at the three last season but he’s still a major question mark and really doesn’t look like a long-term fit. He’s going into his second season, though, so he’s still got some room to grow but he may not feature in the rotation like he did last year. Outside of Bogdanovic and Jackson, the options are incredibly limited and that’s why Shumpert seems like a natural candidate to assume the position.

    One of the issues you have with Shumpert, though, is on the offensive side of the ball. He’s a career 39.6 percent shooter from the field and 33.8 percent from three, essentially making him a liability in that department. It’ll be on Dave Joerger to pair him with some offensive talent to really get the best out of Shumpert; plug him next to Buddy Hield and Nemanja Bjelica and you could have something there.

    Shumpert’s made it no secret that he’s working on that aspect of his game this summer, with numerous posts on social media of him working out. This is only one of many he’s posted on Instagram:

    It’s incredibly easy to make yourself look good with highlight videos on social media, so we won’t dive too deep there, but on a team like the Kings, he may get a little more freedom to show that area of his game. He spent time with LeBron James and the Cavs, winning the Championship in 2016, and was with the Knicks when they won 54 games during the 2012-13 season, so he’s got plenty of experience in winning situations and could bring that mentality over to a young Kings squad.

    Shumpert has a chance to start for the Kings under Joerger, at least early on in the season. It’ll obviously depend on how he goes during training camp and preseason, but with the team’s shortage on the wing, it’s a possibility that the coaching staff runs him out there to start games. He’s a guy that Joerger could fall in love with, and that can be both a good and bad thing, but he’s a defensive-minded veteran and those guys normally mesh well with Joerger.

    He’s certainly not going to give the Kings a ton of production this season. Shumpert will probably slot right into a similar role that Garrett Temple had and nothing much more, and that’s not a bad thing at all. At the very least he’ll be a player to keep an eye on purely based on the Kings’ lack of depth at small forward. His health will be a major factor, obviously, but Shumpert still has some game left and it makes sense for the team to try and get whatever they can out of him and his $11 million contract.

Fantasy News

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala returned to South Florida after living in California since the NBA season was suspended.

    Iguodala returning to the market where his team is could mean that he believes team workouts will begin soon. However, there is no official timetable on when team workouts will begin and Jimmy Butler has yet to return to Miami.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls were cleared by the Governor of Illinois and are in talks with city officials to open practice facilities on Friday for voluntary workouts that would follow the NBA guidelines.

    The NBA's guidelines currently state that a maximum of four players are allowed in the facility at any given time and there can only be one player per hoop. The Bulls are currently eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls may not play again this season given how far behind they are in the standings and the recent reports of proposals to not continue the regular season.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Marc Stein of the New York Times has reported that the Mavs plan to open their practice facility on Thursday.

    This news would make the Mavs the 23rd team to have their facilities open for "voluntary and socially distanced player workouts". Continue to monitor the wire as we should learn more about the potential of the league resuming in early June.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    On Tuesday afternoon, AmicoHoops reported (via Twitter) that an unidentified NBA GM told them the league has seriously discussed resuming the current NBA season on Wednesday, July 22.

    Nothing has been officially announced, by any means, and this is the first we've heard of specific target date(s) from anyone. It's looking like the continuation of the season will occur in Orlando at Walt Disney World at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which has accommodations for at least some of what the NBA has planned for a resuming activity. As we have relayed numerous times recently, the next week or two seem to be a likely window for some decisions from Adam Silver and Co. at the NBA league office to start to come down. Stay tuned, hoops fans.

    Source: AmicoHoops on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard announced on Tuesday evening that, in the event of a continuation of the NBA season, he would not be participating if the Blazers are scheduled to play 'meaningless games' with no shot at making the playoffs.

    "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday morning. It's hard to blame him, as it is quite easy to see the potential situation from his point of view. There have been countless scenarios tossed around by the league office during the pandemic period, but nothing is set in stone so far. Lillard, for his part, is only interested in returning to action if there exists a legitimate shot for his Blazers to reach the NBA Finals. Fair enough.

    Source: Yahoo! Sports

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers, who have their practice facility located in nearby Camden, NJ, will allow voluntary player workouts at the facility beginning on Wednesday, raising the number of NBA teams who have been able to do so to 22.

    The Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Spurs and Warriors are the final teams remaining who are unable to return to their practice facilities. The NBA seems to be inching ever so close to, at the very least, announcing a plan for a continuation of the current season. This next week or two should be very eventful on that front.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Hawks GM Travis Schlenk indicated on Tuesday that Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis) could very well play in the event of an NBA restart.

    "Clint [Capela] says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court," Schlenk said in a phone interview with ESPN. "Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." Capela has yet to see the floor for the Hawks since he was acquired at the deadline from the Rockets, and one would have to surmise that he would be under a heavy minutes restriction if the league resumes and if the Hawks deem him healthy enough to give it a go. Still two big "ifs," but this is obviously positive news for the Hawks and potentially for fantasy owners who have managed to stash Capela in an injury slot this long.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Magic center Mo Bamba said on Tuesday that he's spent the quarantine period bulking up, self-proclaiming that he's put on close to 30 pounds of muscle.

    Bamba said of his time off, ""I’ve worked my tail off during this quarantine. This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started)." He laughed and added that only about 2.5 percent of the weight he's put on is body fat. Bamba, along with many other NBA players, "can’t wait to get back out there and work" which is a great sign for the Magic and their fans. Jonathan Isaac is becoming more and more of a potential option for the team when/if the season is resumed as the days pass, so his presence would limit Bamba's chances on the offensive end of the floor. The team has yet to decide whether or not they want to play Isaac at all the rest of the season, regardless of the rumblings about a restart from the league office. However, this bulk-up on Bamba's part is nonetheless pretty impressive and is certainly noteworthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.

    With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets

  • Jon Leuer
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.

    Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.

    Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram